Monday, March 31, 2008

Parting shots from D.C.

I'm spending the afternoon in Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after failing to find an earlier flight home. It's a cold and drippy day in the nation's capital, but even if the weather were nicer I don't think my feet would be up for more sightseeing after the workout I gave them yesterday.
I ended Sunday at my cousin's condo, which is located directly across the street from the National Cathedral.
One of the things that makes D.C. such a great city to visit is the Metro, which is clean, safe and goes to most parts of the city.Some of the offerings at the airport gift shops. Click on any pic to view it larger.
I stumbled across the Embassy of Tajikistan while walking through the Dupont Circle neighborhood yesterday. As you can tell from this pic, the Tajiks went all out on the Home Depot water feature in front of their building.

In case you're wondering, Tajikistan is a landlocked mountainous former Soviet republic located in central Asia. According to the
CIA World Factbook, it's slightly smaller than Wisconsin, has a population of 7,076,598, and has one of the lowest per capita GDP's ($1,600) among the 15 former Soviet republics. About 60 percent of its population lives in poverty, and only 19,500 Tajiks had access to the Internet in 2005.

Rumor has it that the Tajiks will be adding a few garden gnomes to the embassy's front lawn this spring. One last look at the blooming cherry trees.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Terminal B. No free WiFi here, but there's a choice of paid services from T-Mobile and AT&T.

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