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May 2014

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Weekend getaway- Washington D.C.

May 19, 2014

It’s May. May 18, to be exact. Which means now in officially less than 1 year my boo thang and I are getting hitched. Shiz. Is. Cray. So now we split our time between stressing about needing to “get serious about wedding planning” and exploring (it’s a delicate balancing act). Mostly, we’re exploring New York’s fine (and not so fine) food establishments, but we’re trying to get out of the city more now that we’ve been here for nearly 6 months (whaaat!!! cc: Kelly Ip).

Last weekend we trekked to Washington D.C., our first trip out of the city. It was great, but being weekender newbs we failed to consider one main logistical element when planning our little getaway: we no longer have a car. At first we thought this tidbit would be of little consequence because we’d just take the train. Wrong. The train was, on average, $168.00/person/each way. No thanks. So then we thought we’d take the bus, a steal at $70/person/round trip. But when we realized it would take 6.5 hours to go a distance that should take four we knew that wasn’t gonna happen either. Luckily, my cousin saw my plea for transportation help on good ole’ Facebook and shared her Enterprise friends and family code with me (you’re the best, Melissa!) and we got our drive on for $100, which felt like a steal all things considered. But then we started driving, and it took about 15 minutes to learn a real fun fact about East Coast roads: they all have tolls. Seriously, all of them. So, what you’re telling me is this is not like California where you can drive 840 or so miles fo free? Cool.

Eventually, we made it to D.C. (after handing out $50 or so to various toll takers) and it was a perfect first getaway. Except when Adam and I realized how much we don’t remember know about American History. Wait, is that the Washington Monument? #RealTalk, we have college degrees.

We hit all the major tourist sites, ducked into some of the free museums when it started to rain, and got good and afternoon-shwasted at a nearby bar before we headed back to our hotel to nap. We also got to catch up with a few old friends, one of which we worked with in college… before we were even dating (whaaat!). Splash Cafe – holla back.

Next on the travel agenda – CALIFORNIA!