Our first day of touring Washington DC! Although we arrived in DC the night prior, I am counting that as a traveling day.
We started off with a tour of the Capitol building. Well, we actually started off by having a lovely argument on how I expected them to walk everywhere. I rented a wonderful house next to the Library of Congress, so they wouldn’t have to walk far to get anywhere. Well, apparently one city block is too far. I spent so much money on cabs. Back to the US Capitol tour. We finally arrived to the Hart Senate Building to meet our tour guide at Senator Tim Scott‘s office.
Senator Scott of SC has really impressed me- even though we identify with different political parties. I have always written politicians, and he is the only one (or someone in his office) that took the time to write me back. The response was well thought out and answered my questions/concerns about SOPA and PIPA. I will admit to writing to so many politicians that it has become a joke to all my friends. Senator Scott has always been a very hands on politician, so I knew he wouldn’t be in the office while we visited due to the state of SC being under water right now.
My facial expression shows my frustration on this day, and it wasn’t even lunch time yet! Our tour guide was Gil, who grew up in South Carolina and now works as an intern to get into politics because he could, “get paid to argue”.
This is the picture I am posting of Gil, mom, and myself. Take what you will from the picture for my thoughts on Gil- maybe if he didn’t infer that we were all three Republicans, he should know better. He was knowledgeable, but could have done without the comments leaning far right. I kept my mouth shut though. He was so proud of being an 8th generation South Carolinian, but I think he may have been goofing off when he was taught about southern hospitality and not having your guests feel uncomfortable. Mom gave me the side-eye several times to just keep my trap shut.
One cool thing that Gil told me about was a book he was reading, which looks interesting. I may try to find it.
After our tour, we had lunch at the cafeteria at the Dirksen North Cafeteria which is the Senate Cafeteria. It was really good, with choices for everyone. Highly recommend eating there.
After lunch, we went back to the adorable rental house. The ladies read and knit, while waiting for our personal chauffeured tour of the monuments…at five in the evening. I think I ended up taking a nap.
Part two will go over the awesome evening tour with DC Insiders.