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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

New Jersey and Washington DC

We reached New Jersey and it was a better place to live away from the hustle and bustle. It was very crowded on the roads and it took us quite a while because of so much traffic.
Here was our first encounter with Walmart, a huge store and very interesting. We had a nice stay with Aseem Bhaiya and lots of good advice which stood us in good stead on our journey.
We reached Washington DC and stayed at ISKCON guest house which was located at a posh area in Washington DC but away from the tourist attractions. The food at ISKCON was excellent and we never missed Indian cuisine the two nights we stayed there. One day we had dinner with Dr. Maheshwari and the next night we stayed with Himanshu and Ritu and their little one.
Day 2 in WDC we went to the National Air and Space Museum which I feel needs a full day to see properly. We spent most of our time there. There was again along queue to get in. And they were doing security check also. Many groups of school children were there. I esp. liked the section on Wright Brothers. Quite a few exhibits of space were also there which we later repeated at the Kennedy Space centre in Orlando. We went to an Art museum after that that too was interesting. We saw the White House from outside and realized that we used to confuse it with The Capitol. We took the metro and then boarded a bus to reach back to the ISKCON Temple.
Day 3 Himanshu came to pick us and we went to Baltimore.We participated in the Rath Yatra organized by ISKCON in Baltimore that day and we spent time at inner harbour Baltimore a picturesque place. There is a great Aquarium in Baltimore which we saw. Later that day we went to the Lincoln Memorial. We went to the temple guest house and took our luggage and stayed with Ritu and Himanshu that night.
Himanshu dropped us to the Airport the next day with packed lunch. That was the first of several domestic flights which we took in America.

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