24 hrs in DC

Trip Start Oct 20, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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The W Hotel

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

This was a quick trip!  Shaan and I took the Chinatown bus down to DC, with a stop in Baltimore.  We were able to get tickets for $8 each, instead of $20, through groupon.com.  There was a rest stop--there were lots of snacks.  PBM&Ms, Twizzlers, honey mustard pretzels, Kit Kat... etc.  We completed some of our Engagement book on the ride down, but we also slept.  We were able to sit in our own two-seaters, next to each other.  Shaan's eyes are slightly open when he sleeps, so I could see the whites of his eyeballs the whole time I was awake.  I tried to not freak out over the weirdness!  I knit and slept.

Upon arrival, we went right to Potbelly's for lunch, bags and all.  We took the Metro to our stop, but accidentally bought tickets to the end of the line.  Those tickets came in use later on in the trip, though.  We realized our own stop was only one station away and felt slightly silly. 

We checked into the W hotel, which was beautiful.  Classy, clean, beautiful.  I especially liked the iPod speakers.  After a brief rest, we popped around the neighborhood and took some pictures--White House, Dept of Treasury, Washington Monument. 

Walking around, there was a brief moment of excitement when I thought we could buy my favorite (discontinued) ice cream treat: cookies and cream ice cream sandwiched between two large oreo cookie wafers.  A large Oreo-style ice cream sandwich.  The picture was on the wall and all!  The lady surfaced and was only able to produce a plain vanilla ice cream sandwich with Oreo wafers.  Better than nothing, but still not my fave.

Shaan and I were picked up at our hotel by Patrick and Vanessa--my mom's brother and his pregnant, lovely wife.  We went to a crowded Mexican restaurant and sat on the third floor, sharing margaritas (excepting Vanessa), eating, and discussing DC politics etc.  Shaan really knows his stuff! 

Afterward, they dropped us off in the Georgetown area and reminisced about the days they, too, would go out at 10 pm instead of going to sleep.  We said good-bye to them and then walked around, noting the shops, restaurants, and some bars.  We were in the mood for a small hotel bar but didn't find one in the immediate vicinity.  Instead, we stopped in an Italian restaurant, shared some cheesecake and red wine.  Took a cab back to the hotel.

The morning was a bit funny.  I really wanted Potbelly's again (as we don't have it in NYC), but they did not open early enough.  Then we decided to try Corner Bakery but I sort of hated my oatmeal.  We took the one-Metro-stop back to Chinatown, when I decided I was still hungry and really wanted a sandwich from Cosi to tide me over before my 4.5 hours bus trip.  We googled the nearest Cosi, and walked to it--only to find that it was a block away from our hotel.  Oh, the irony.  I so grateful that Shaan put up with this adventure to just appease my appetite (and helping to carry my bags)!

He put me on the bus and said a fond farewell.  I went back to NYC and worked--Shaan stayed an extra day to visit Georgetown b-school the next day!
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