Landfill // Daughter
Well this is torturous electricity
Between both of us and this is
Dangerous, ‘cause I want you so much
But I hate your guts. I want you so much
Feel free to disregard this because its long af
I’ve been meaning to write a post about my weekend for a while but I haven’t really had a moment to just sit down and get it all down. Naturally, I waited until 3am to do so (are any of you surprised). But anyhow, I can honestly say that I am so glad that I decided to go. At the last minute I almost had to bail because of some complications regarding the hotel and being really stressed about midterms/papers but luckily everything worked out.
Anyhow, I forget if I already wrote about this but my best friend who usually drives me home for breaks was invited to attend a convention in DC this weekend (all expenses paid for by our college). At first I was trying to figure out another ride home but we had the brilliant idea of sneaking me into the hotel with her. And thus began our little adventure.
Since I had a midterm in the afternoon and our other friend (who was also going to the convention and rooming with us) had an evening class, we didn’t leave until late thursday. We ended up getting to the hotel around 9:30 and even though we were pretty tired, we decided to explore the area after getting settled in.
We ended up wandering a lot, and getting really fed up with our navigation systems. But we eventually stumbled upon this bar which I thought only existed in my dreams. The front part of it was a bookstore, and in the back was a little cafe/bar with an amazing selection of draft beers. It was so fucking perfect I can’t even tell you. Apparently they have live music there every friday and saturday which makes it even cooler than it already is. I wasn’t feeling all that adventurous so I just tried a Brooklyn Lager
That’s my shitty quality photo of it that was really unnecessary but whatever you get the point. Anyhow I really loved the bookstore bar - it was one of my favorite parts of the trip (Kerri says I’m a big bookworm nerd and she’s probably right).
The next morning, the girls had to get up early to get ready for their convention which started at 9. I forgot to mention our awesome fourth roommate Leah who is from UPenn and was really chill with me crashing in the hotel. Anyhow, I got up about an hour after they left and grabbed a shower and met up with my friend Erin who lives close to DC. We wandered around for a little bit before stopping for lunch at Nando’s Peri Peri which is (regrettably) a chain restaurant but I got an amazing chicken caeser wrap. I had really wanted to try something a little more unique but it’s okay. Afterwards we basically did some sight seeing. We saw the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool which was sadly frozen
That’s a selfie of me with the Lincoln Memorial and here’s a shot of me and my friend in front of the Reflecting pool
Afterwards we made our way to the White House and we partied with Obama. I apologize but I forgot to save a lot my photos so I had to grab them from my snapchat story (I know I’m really mature)
By the time we got to the White House, we were both pretty tired so we started heading back. We stopped for a milkshake on the way at the Shake Shack which was delicious. By the time we got back to the hotel, the other girls had just gotten back from the convention so we all threw on something nice and headed back out for dinner. We ended up going to Del Frisco’s which was a little upscale for us but we decided to treat ourselves. I got this beautiful salad with bacon that should probably featured in a magazine it was like a modern piece of art. I tried an eggroll for the first time (not sure why I haven’t had one before) and we all shared some lemoncake and chocolate cake. Unfortunately they didn’t have the honey badger shot advertised in the menu anymore which was a bummer
By the time we got back to the hotel, we were all stuffed and exhausted but somehow we managed to rally. We met up with a girl who graduated a year ahead of us who lives in the area and she led the way to a bar called Front Page. It was cool, mostly people who had stopped in for drinks after work, nothing too crazy but a chill atmosphere. We had a drink or two there before moving on and heading to this other bar called Public which was a lot more clubby. It had three floors and it crowded but it was a lot of fun. We all got a few more drinks (and some free ones) and just danced and enjoyed ourselves. On the way home we accidentally headed in the wrong direction for almost ten minutes before realizing our mistake but we made it home to the hotel safely (around 3am). The next morning was really brutal and honestly I have to give the other girls credit for getting up early and making it through the day. I ended up sleeping in until about 10:30
This photo pretty accurately represents my morning. I woke up and forced myself to chug a water and get up though and my friend came and met me at my hotel. We headed out around 11am and got onto the metro towards the Smithsonian. Now I actually was feeling okay at this point but I can say that going down the steps to get to the metro was a little unsettling - it’s steep as hell and this photo doesn’t even do it justice
Anyhow, the metro was easy enough. Our stop was closed for repairs so we had to take a shuttle bus from the federal triangle but it was really simple. When we finally got to the National mall, the weather had really gotten warm, it was almost 63 degrees. In a moment of weakness I bought a hat for 5$ from a guy on the corner - I’m probably never going to wear it but whatever. It’s a little souvenir I guess. Anyhow we got a bite to eat at mcdonalds (don’t judge but I needed some comfort hangover food) and we headed to the air and space museum. We went to a short little show at the planetarium which was seriously awesome but made me a bit queasy towards the end of it. I loved every minute of it though. Lately I’ve been wrapped up in the cosmos so it was extra fascinating (I’m actually writing a paper about it)
Next we headed to the Capitol building which was beautiful. It was sunny and warm out so we just relaxed there for quite a bit. It was a much needed break - at that point I had blisters from doing so much walking. It didn’t help that I only had my boots to wear because I couldn’t fit my running shoes (I have to pack minimally because I train partially home).
Afterwards we headed to the US botanical gardens which was a really cool experience. There was such a variety of plant life that I had never seen before and it was just so visually appealing I couldn’t get enough of it
By the time we finished up there we were about out of time. We had really hoped to see the Jefferson memorial but it was a 15 minute ride and we didn’t manage to figure out if there was an easier way to get there. That was a bummer because it was the one monument I had really hoped to see. Maybe another day
We walked around the National mall for a little bit after that but then we made our way back to Dupont Circle which is the center of the neighborhood that our hotel is in. It was cool to see so many people out and about, mostly just enjoying the weather. The fountain was surrounded by people hanging out or grabbing a bite to eat or reading a book and it was interesting to see such a sense of community in a big city. It was something that I really enjoyed and has actually made me consider applying for jobs in the DC area. Here’s a photo of the fountain
Since our friend needed a ride back to college, we decided to drive back Saturday night to split up the driving for the next day. Leah ended up heading out to meet up with a friend for dinner so we just went to this Greek place that we had passed the night before. I got a traditional Greek salad and Spanakopitta which is this triangular bread stuffed with spinach and feta and herbs and I tried a Greek beer called Mythos. I was sad to leave - I wish we could have stayed another night like we had originally planned but to be honest I’m not sure if I would have made it out I was so tired
We made it back to college fairly late and daylight savings stole an hour of sleep so I was still tired most of the trip home to new york. But after a three hour car ride and two hours worth of trains, I made it home. My Dad even made my favorite dinner - roast chicken with gravy and mashed potatoes and stuffing. I can honestly say that I’ve been so spoiled this entire weekend and I am so thankful for this little adventure