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virginia day 2

today’s big plan was to go to the arlington national cemetery.

i woke up at 6:30 and studied mandarin for about 30 minutes.

i sat on the porch and had about 1.5 liters of water to start my day.

i then put on my makeup, got dressed, and went outside to take pictures of the foliage in the woods around colette’s house. here’s some of the pictures i took. they’re out of focus, sorry.

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we sat around and did the finishing touches to getting ready and then we were off.

we took the metro to rosslyn and then switched to get to the arlington cemetery.

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i didn’t take many pictures out of respect but i’ll give you a brief synopsis. we took the tram tour around.

stop 1: JFK’s grave and the eternal flame. it was really nice to see. i have a mild obsession with jackie so it felt like a pilgimage to see her.

stop 2: Coast Guard Memorial

stop 3: Pershing Gravesite

stop 4: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. there was a cool changing of the guard ceremony. it was really long and i liked watching the dudes click their shoes but the rifles freaked me out. they swung them around and i thought each time “i’m gonna get shot”

stop 5: Arlington House. under construction so we didn’t get off the tram.

stop 6: Iwo Jima Memorial. that statue is giant! it seems like it would be life size in photos but it had to have been 30 feet tall.

i almost had a hypoglycemic episode but i had glucose tablets on me and my mom let me have some cashews from her bag.

when we left we took the metro back and then stopped at a restaurant called falafel express and oh my god. the best falafel i’ve ever had.

i got 2 orders of it to go alongside the bowl i had there because it was so amazing. i plan on having more falafel for dinner.

now we’re back at the house and i don’t have plans for the rest of the night. i’ll insert an edit if anything remarkable happens

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