Quiz Answer: We're in Washington, DC
No, this isn't merry old England. It is the towers of the Washington National Cathedral.
We visited it on our first day in Washington, walking from
home in Georgetown.
We got great 360 degree views. We thought you might confuse this with
in Bishop Auckland, England
Is a map worth a thousand words? Two of them show our route to the
and up through Turkey and
Jan could be looking for work if the price were right (enormous).
Here's her slightly updated
We've written more about our
And added a
map of Tyne-Tees
that includes all of these and more..
We've read a few more books and reviewed them.Try
Angela's Ashes or
There's A War on,Pet
for moving personal memoirs and
Mouth to Mouth
for light fiction.
More on Gerry's Stotland Roots: Iosif and Anna Stotland.
Who/where is it? We don't give the answer right away.
The end of November saw us making a reluctant goodbye to Manhattan and moving on to the Potomac.
We found a bus company that was trying to expand its ridership and had a months-long low fare
promotion going on.
For $20 each, plus subway fare at the beginning and taxifare at the end, we got ourselves from
upper Broadway to Georgetown.
We are staying in a very nice one bedroom apartment in
the oldest settlement in the District of Columbia.
We got it through a friend of a friend.
Both are enrolled in an MBA program jointly run by Columbia University and the London Business School.
Every other month classes are held in London.
Because of that and the apartment owner's trust and generosity we have it for two weeks.
The place is nicely furnished; in fact, too nicely — just as we were warned.
There are so many things, there is hardly any room to cook or to eat at the table,
because all surfaces have things on them!
The first day we were here a heavy snow fall occurred.
It was the first one in a year for Washington and the first heavy snow we had
seen in about four years.
(We did have a light snow fall in England last
year and we saw some beautiful snow on the far away mountains in Turkey in
April this year.) In spite of the snow we have gone on a long walk almost every day.
The first few days the sidewalks were not cleared.
But now they are so things aren't too bad.
Our first outing was to the National Cathedral, going through central Georgetown and then along Wisconsin Avenue.
We were struck by the clever name of this catering company.
If you didn't already know before this quiz that we were in the Washington,
DC area you might have guessed it from the (famous) area code of the telephone number.
So far we have seen the National Cathedral, gone to a performance of
there, visited the
and National Art Gallery (both parts of the Smithsonian), gone to sessions of the
US Supreme Court
on two different days, attended three public policy lectures (one about the
aftermath of war in Iraq at Georgetown University and two at
on threats to civil liberties in fighting terrorism and about how the US Congress should
treat environmental policy).
We've even been to a lecture on Neural Networks.
On top of that we have managed to go out for dinner with Gerry's nephew and
have one of his cousins and his wife over for dinner.
All in just nine days!
In Washington we seem to be just as busy or even busier than we were in NYC.