Wednesday, April 24, 2013

U is for... Union Station and DC United

Well, today is the last Wednesday of the A to Z blog challenge.  Can you believe this month has gone by so fast?

Our letter of the day is U, and we have two sites to explore.




First up is Union Station.  Located a few blocks from the Capitol building, Union Station is the central passenger rail station in the city. This is where you'll go if you need to catch the Amtrak train to New York, Philly, or Boston.  There's also a Metro station here.
Here's the inside
Union Station entrance
The building itself is pretty, and inside there's a shopping mall of sorts (complete with food court!), so you can pass the time while you wait for your train.  There are often public exhibits in the halls, and I went once to watch a friend compete in a Sudoku challenge hosted by the paper.  In short, Union Station is more than just a place to catch a train.

For you soccer fans, make sure to catch a DC United game while you're in town.  The fan base for D.C.'s professional soccer team is smaller than that of the Nats or Caps, but every bit as rabid.  When the fans stomp in support of the team, it shakes the entire stands so you feel it in your legs, no matter where you're sitting.  It's pretty fun, actually :)

A vocal group of fans

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  1. I've spent a lot of time in Union Station. Sometimes it was just to sit and look up at the details.

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    1. I can understand that--there's so much detail to take in!

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  2. A sudoku challenge? How do thy do that? Give everyone the same puzzles and see who gets it right first? I love sudoku, but I'm not very fast at it. :P

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    1. That's pretty much it. Everyone gets a puzzle and you're timed. They had different rounds, so the winners could advance to a more difficult puzzle, until there was only one left standing. It was nerdy, but fun. :)

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  3. oh, I love union station! just took a train out of there, and I always gawk at the architecture.

    stopping by from a to z......

    best,
    MOV

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    1. It's so pretty you can almost forget it's a functional train station! :)

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  4. Union station- looks beautiful. I'd like to see it in person one day.
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    1. I hope you get a chance to go someday! :)

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  5. Wow. Union station is huge. Our public rail facilities are puny--and grungy--in comparison. And the only thing one might shop for in them begins with D and ends with S and the transaction itself conducted via furtive hand-offs. Definitely no brand-name designer packaging. ;)

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    1. Oh, there's plenty of those transactions in the city too...

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  6. You guys have a soccer team too? Wonder if they play the Montreal Impact?

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