the district of columbia in the rain

it rained the entire 30 hours i spent in washington, dc. did not let up even for a minute. since i lived in the district one summer and have visited probably a dozen times, i wasn’t too worried about the weather spoiling my ability to experience the nation’s capital – and i just went on and got wet exploring.

by the far the best attraction that i experienced in dc was my niece zara! and i loved seeing my brother and sister-in-law’s condo on capitol hill. i got in to check it out just in time – eli and julie are moving to new york city in january! after reunions and breakfast, eli and i set out to see a few spots of dc that i’ve never been to before.

first stop: georgetown university. majestic!
gotta love the rowhouses along m street in georgetown!
next stop: the kreeger museum – a gorgeous building (that reminded us of the byu jerusalem center) with an amazing collection. we only had enough time to take a peek and couldn’t explore the grounds due to the rain, but what we saw was so lovely! i love how eli appreciates art and cool places.
then a super quick stop at the national cathedral, since we were passing right by it and i’d never seen it. pretty cool, but kind of paled in comparison to our next stop…
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have you ever heard of the basilica of the national shrine of the immaculate conception? yeah, i hadn’t either. it is the biggest church building in the western hemisphere! and it’s incredible inside! (this photo of the outside gives a good picture of the gray weather…) everything is mosaiced and it’s just amazing.
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it felt like quite the productive morning of unseen dc! we met julie and zara for lunch at nando’s. this place is really popular in england, especially among mormon missionaries in the england london south mission, and it only exists in america within the district of columbia. i loved having a little taste of the mission!
julie and zara and i checked out the tunnel between the east and west wings of the national gallery after lunch (and stopped by to see the impressionists while we were there). isn’t the tunnel neat?
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we met eli at the museum of natural history and went to see an imax about jerusalem! it was really awesome, because all three of us lived in jerusalem (eli and julie met there!). and it was in 3d so we got to look real cool.
twilight on the mall – still raining!:
we made a drive by to my favourite monument and the newest monument. julie and zara stayed in the car while eli and i ran through the rain.
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blurry abe:

we got take-out (the only kao soi – my favorite northern thai dish – i’ve ever encountered in america … i discovered it last time i visited dc four years ago) and stayed dry in eli and julie’s apartment!
in the morning i took a run around capitol hill in the sprinkling rain. it was kind of really, really awesome. my running heart was so happy moving through such a beautiful and significant (both for the world and for me personally) place.
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we worked on getting eli and julie’s place all perfectly clean and nice to be shown to potential buyers and then ate breakfast at founding farmers before heading out on our drive to new york city. holy moley – that stuffed french toast!
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there’s nothing like driving into new york city. especially after a seven hour drive through traffic… better believe we blasted frank sinatra and jay-z and made it just in time to reunite with the shumways (who drove down from boston) and my brother talmadge, sister-in-law anita and niece annina (who live on the upper west side), grab some shake shack burgers and celebrate thanksgiving eve together.


  1. Wow I love that place, I've never been there. How I wish we together with TheFamily can visit them.


  2. You can get khao soi at Lanna Thai in San Jose, we just had it last night :).

  3. Siam Orchid in Orinda has khoa soi, too :)

  4. Ha, we go to Nando's every year with our kids :) Also, khao soi needs to happen immediately.

  5. Easter Mass at the Basillica is pretty amazing. (Though it was really long. Even for this girl who is used to three hours each week!) There was plenty to see when I got lost in the Latin and just wanted to nap.