On Thursday, I had the incredible chance to spend a day in DC with one of my best friends from college, Amanda. She flew down from Connecticut to spend a long weekend in Virginia to see OneRepublic in concert, do some touring of the nation’s capital and indulge in some of the genius food around DC and Northern Virginia.
Touring the Newseum
Our first stop was the Newseum–a 6-floor museum dedicated to all things news and media related. We perused the aisles and exhibits for two hours, taking in information about the Berlin Wall, press freedom around the world, the most amazing photographs of these past few years, a 9-11 news-related memorial, and more. We even had the chance to try out being a news anchor–it was harder than I realized, especially with pronouncing really weird words and names. The USA World Cup game was also playing on the big screen in the Newseum–so it was cool to see that in the background during our visit.
The Protein Bar
After the Newseum, we headed to lunch and Starbucks. We ate at Protein Bar — a healthy food restaurant that does healthy food on the go. Amanda and I shared two bowls: a Spinach & Pesto bowl and a Black Bean Bowl, both featuring organic quinoa.
We stopped by Starbucks afterward to fuel the rest of our day of walking. I tried a different iced latte and we sipped our drinks on the grass of the National Mall, under a tree, in the midst of the Folklife Festival that was happening there.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
On the National Mall, there was the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, featuring different styles of art and life from Kenya and China.
One of the things that stood out to me though were these sculptures of giraffes made from recycled flip flops. I loved the colors and the texture. And something about giraffes themselves I will always love; they’re such beautiful creatures.
Touring the Monuments
For the rest of the afternoon, we walked the National Mall and saw the Capitol, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and WWII Memorial. The sun was nice and hot, but we soaked it all in as we people watched, took some photos and relaxed.
We then headed back to an awesome restaurant in Arlington, VA for pizza and afterwards, we returned home to relax from a long day. I had such a good time experiencing more of DC, since I don’t get to go into the city too often, even though I live relatively close by. But I may have another chance to go again this week when my aunt comes to visit! It was awesome seeing DC again, after touring so many cities in Europe. One of the things I wanted to do when I came back to the U.S. was experience more of America–take some field trips, run through some fields and journey outside my comfort zone, even in my own backyard. Have you done any fun day trips lately?