It Snows in Washington D.C!

Snowing Washington

It is snowing in Washington D.C. When we got out of the Smithsonian Station of the Blue Line Metro and went to the National Art Gallery East Building (designed by I.M.Pei), it started to rain. When we finished our tour to the National Art Gallery, it was still raining but mixed with snow. Very soon, it was completely snowing. How exciting! This is the first snow I saw in America and it is also the first snow after I moved to Shanghai ten years ago.

At night, it started to snow heavily. I guess tomorrow, when I wake up, it should be completely white outside. I like to see the scene before I leave Washington but I worry a little bit about the Interstate Expressway tomorrow back to New York. It will be very bad if the highway is paused due to icy road. From Greyhound’s website, it has paused its operation in Chicago area. It was reported it will be windy and snowy in Boston tomorrow. What my friend reader said the only thing I can enjoy in Boston if it snows is to drink hot chocolate and enjoy the warm hotel room.

The Modern Millie

We went to the Kennedy Center for Performing Art for The Thoroughly Modern Millie. It was a wonderful musical, but of cause, it brought big challenges for my English listening comprehension. I could understand music part very well though. It is a funny story with a surprising ending. However, I am not feeling good that the bad guys in the play came from Hong Kong and they spoke Cantonese and whenever they came out, there had to be an English subtitle on top of the screen. The image normal American see about China is still at the old ages. I remember when we watched the Nutcrackers in Lincoln Center in NYC, the actors and actress for the tea dressed old fashioned Chinese clothes (which is very ugly).

Washinig Pictures

Here are some pictures I took in Washington D.C. Of cause, they are the pictures I took yesterday when it didn’t snow yet.


© Jian Shuo Wang.


© Jian Shuo Wang. Lincoln Memorial before the reflection pool.


© Jian Shuo Wang. Washington DAC Building


© Jian Shuo Wang. Bench on the National Mall


© Jian Shuo Wang. Metro Map of Washington. I really enjoy the metro system, especially the $6.50 One Day Pass Metro Card.


© Jian Shuo Wang. Roof of the White House (in the middle of the image)

This Blog Mentioned by Big Media Again

P.S. Richard and Lisa informed me that my blog was mentioned on today’s New York Times. It is a big surprise for me. :D Thanks for notifying me about it.

I am in Washington, D.C

To my surprise, the price of hotel in Boston drops significantly in the weekdays than weekends. So we modified the route a little bit and chose to come to Washington D.C. during the weekend. I am in Hotel Washington, in Washington D.C. now. As always, to find sometime to sit down and write is not easy.

We took greyhound here. It took 4 and half hours. I am planning to leave for Boston on Dec 20 and go back to New York on Dec 23 to continue the Big Apply journey. The Hotel Washington is a very nice hotel. It is on the same street of White House, which is only one block away. The Washington Memorial is shining right outside my window and the huge Christmas tree Bush lit up is down there.

Washington D.C. is the type of city that I fall in love at my first step. Since the law requires no building can be higher than the capitol in this city, the buildings here are not tall but huge. It seems every building’s name starts with “National”, such as the National Press Building, National Theatre and National Museum of blah-blah around the hotel.

Due to the big contrast between Washington D.C. and New York City, it is even more quiet and here. It is a place where pedestrians have time to wait for red lights and drivers yield for pedestrians. People have time to say “excuse me” again. For us, it’s quite like an escape from New York City.

BTW, the Metro in Washington D.C. is among the best metro system I saw so far. The big halls of Metro and clear signs make it very friendly. The train carts are clean – they even have carpet on train!

P.S. Excuse me for not replying comments, or some emails recently. For those I do replied, sorry for conciseness of the reply. For a person with very strong Internet relationships like me, you can imagine how many emails in my mailbox after two or three days of absence. The dialup is slow here.