Washington, D.C.

The flight today was much much better than the flights a couple of weeks ago. No cancellations and no delays. We took off right on time and landed ahead of schedule.

When flying into Reagan airport, always try to be on the side that will face the District. In doing so you will be rewarded with some of the best scenery of any landing in the U.S.. If you can come in after dark, it is even more impressive. Seeing the Capitol Dome, the Washington Monument, and the many other monuments lit up at night can be breathtaking.

I’m in D.C. for work until the end of the week. This evening, my colleagues and I, after starting an excellent conversation in the lobby, headed out to find a place to eat, and further the solving of the education world’s ills. We settled on the Old Ebbitt Grill. It is the oldest Saloon in Washington, founded in 1856. Along with the ambiance, the food was also worth finding this little gem.

We had four different types of oysters as an appetizer to start. Then one of us had a warm lobster roll, another had one of the saloon’s favorite hamburgers, and I had a lobster cake with potatoes. I can see why they’ve been around as long as they have, surviving moves and a foreclosure.

After dinner, we went for a walk around the city. One friend hadn’t been here since his teens, and only for a day. We started at the White House and ended at the Washington Monument. The weather was just about perfect for a walk. Not too hot and not too muggy.

Here are a few of the pictures I was able to take. Looking forward to the conference and more sightseeing tomorrow.

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