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Visit to DC – Part I – Arrival through Alexandria

9 September, 2012

Our journey to the Washington DC-area was uneventful, though it was our first time flying Southwest Airlines and we were quite happy with them.  Arriving late on Sunday, my mother and her husband drove us in from BWI and we settled in for the days ahead.

Monday, Labor Day, was our first expedition into DC using the METRO (subway) system which now wants you to have plastic SmarTrip cards, rather than the old paper farecards but makes it very difficult to obtain them (more on that later).  It was Labor Day, so DC was nearly deserted apart from foreign tourists, there was a stretch of about 90 minutes where the only English I heard spoken was between Laura and I.

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