NYC-DC Trip: Part 3

Yesterday, we took the train from Penn Station, New York to Washington, DC. There was a fire somewhere in the Bronx that delayed our train on its way from Boston, so we ended up leaving about 45 min. late.

The train itself was comfortable. A lot of single riders were taking up two seats, so we had a hard time finding a couple of empty seats together, but eventually we found a set. The scenery wasn’t terribly interesting. After the first 15 minutes, everything was pretty much the same — trees, the backs of graffiti covered buildings, etc…

I had been planning on walking from the train station to the hotel, but I found out that it would be almost two miles with luggage and it started to sound like a bad idea. We were going to take a cab, but by the time we got there the line was way too long. Jesse talked to the guy at the info booth, and he suggested taking the Metro (subway). He also said he’d never seen the cab line that long before. It took a little work, but we figured out the Metro system. When we exited at the other end, we still had a few blocks to walk, but we found our way. Of course, because of the humidity, we were covered in sweat by the time we checked in.

We’re staying at the Washington Plaza. It’s fancy looking down stairs and nice enough in our room. We just got our things put away and ate dinner at the hotel restaurant.

My biggest complaint about the hotel is that they don’t provide free Internet access. They’re using something called Wayport that charges $10/day to connect. I guess if you’re on an expense account, it’s easy to get your company to pay for it. Luckily, there are a few weak, unsecured, wireless networks that I should be able to use.