And now…for the final recap of our stay in Washington D.C.
Thursday was the only day that the husband would be in meetings for his conference all day long, and I had planned to just play it by ear, waiting to see what we’d have time for on Wednesday before deciding what I would do while flying solo.
I had wanted to see the Holocaust Memorial at some point and sort of expected that I would end up doing that on Thursday; however, I also had heard great things about Old Town Alexandria, so that was also high up in the running. By the time Wednesday night rolled around I had come to a definite decision.
Old Town here I come!
I figured I’d explore the city for a little bit and then camp out at Starbucks for awhile and get some work done. So, I strapped on the husband’s backpack, loaded down with my macbook, grabbed my camera and set out.
I head out of the hotel, get in the cab and the following conversation takes place:
Annoyed cab driver: where you headed?
Annoyed cab driver: what part of Alexandria?
Me: uhhh, well….ummmm, what part is good?
Annoyed cab driver: several seconds of silence, and then “well, Old Town is pretty good.”
Me: yes, that’s it. Old Town. Take me there.
Annoyed cab driver: where at in Old Town?
Annoyed cab driver: which Starbucks?
SERIOUSLY?? Had could I have been this unprepared? haha. I just knew I wanted to go to the quaint little town that I’d heard so much about and that was about it. Either way, he ended up taking me to the Starbucks that is farthest away from all the action. He dropped me off, and I decided to just take off walking and see what I could find.
Well, apparently it was my lucky day because within five minutes I stumbled onto this:
Trader Joe’s!! I have heard so much about Trader Joe’s for so long, but I’ve never had the chance to go to one. My eyes lit up so bright you’d have thought I had just found the almond butter machine at Whole Foods. I refrained from buying anything right away, but returned later on in the day for some sunflower seed butter, pumpkin butter and almond butter:) Is this normal?
Pressing on I continued wandering down the streets, completely giddy at the setting of this little town. I think I was made to live in this place. I literally got teary eyed a couple of times because I was just so happy. I know I’m risking losing readers who think I’m a crazy person over that statement, but I don’t care. It was the best day.
The only thing that could have made it any better was if the husband had been by my side. I missed him:(
I basically spent most of the day until lunch wandering around, up and down every street oohing and ahhing, and checking out every little store and boutique in my path. Finally, I wandered upon the waterfront and enjoyed the peacefulness of the water and flowers for a few minutes.
And then I was back at it.
I stumbled upon a cute little confectionary, where I bought a few dark chocolate covered cranberries, some chocolate covered coffee beans for the husband and one lone sea salted caramel, which was to. die. for. So delicious in fact, that I neglected to get a pic before popping it into my mouth and savoring it to the very end.
And then I found this.
Do you see what I see? That’s right, another cupcakery…hallelujah! I couldn’t help myself.
Pumpkin spice cupcake with fennel. I die.
For the record, I don’t make a habit of eating a cupcake every day, but Oklahoma also doesn’t have cupcakeries. What’s a girl to do?!
As much as I wanted to just eat it right up, I knew my stomach would thank me if I had something a little more substantial for lunch first. I decided on the first thing I saw that I don’t have at home.
I ordered the salad sampler and chose a tomato basil pasta salad, tomato basil soup and fruit.
My favorite was the pasta salad, but it was all very very tasty. And by the time I followed it up with the cupcake (I couldn’t carry it around in my backpack all day!), I thought someone was going to have to roll me outta there.
After lunch I decided to give my aching feet a little rest, so I broke out the laptop and did a little bit of work.
But it didn’t last long. Who was I kidding?
A couple of hours later I found myself at the Gap Outlet when I got an email from Emily. Emily writes The Front Burner, and she is so cool. She actually lives in Old Town, and I had emailed her earlier in the day to see if she had any suggestions of must sees or do’s for me. When she got my email she was sitting at Starbucks just about ten blocks down the street! So, obviously I had to get down there and say hi.
We got to chat for a little bit, but then she was meeting a friend so we had to cut it short. She is every bit as pretty and sweet as she is on her blog. I thought she was in especially good spirits considering she just got hit by a car about a week ago!
Anyway, later that night Jon finally met up with me after his conference was over so we could hang out with an old coworker of his and his wife and baby. We all met up at a cute little restaurant called Las Tapas, which had excellent food and even greater entertainment thanks to the live music and dancing! So fun!
My food went unpictured due to the super intense mood lighting, but Jon and I shared a tapas order of spinach and feta cheese wrapped in phyllo dough and a skillet of Vegetarian Paella. This was our second time to have Paella, the first time being in Barcelona this summer. And honestly, we liked the American version better, but shhhh, don’t tell anybody;)
After dinner we caught a cab back to our hotel, and Jon went to a late night networking reception party while I blogged from bed (the best way IMO:)
And that’s it! I can’t believe our time in DC is already over. Please don’t make me leeeaave!!!
I’ll see you guys tomorrow!