Last Friday, I took a late train down to Washington DC to reunite with all of my roommates from senior year of Davidson. It was my first proper trip down to DC since 8th grade and the first time all four of us were together in one place since graduation. Needless to say, it was a great weekend.
My weekend trip to DC was my first actual trip in I don’t even know how long, so I was a bit anxious about the whole journey part as I’m a very anxious traveller. Luckily, the journey went off without a hitch and I made it to my friend’s apartment around midnight!
Reuniting with my roommates was like time hadn’t even passed. Yes, we spent the past year living in different places. Me in NYC, Lee in DC, Kate in the Berkshires and Malissa in Mexico. But keeping in contact over group texts and Snapchats and occasional FaceTimes really bridged the geographical divide. Being back together felt like we had hardly spent any time apart at all. In fact, I caught myself thinking several times over the weekend that we were back at Davidson! Weird, I know, but I guess that’s what happens when you know a group of people from one place so well.
Our Saturday started relatively early, with a delicious breakfast from a local market, followed by a walk to the White House (ew) and a trip inside the Renwick Gallery for much-needed AC and looking at cool art.
As we were meandering our way to the Washington Monument, we spotted this funny little gem, which I’m a huge fan of!
Because it was so incredibly humid and hot outside (literally I haven’t sweated so much since playing lacrosse in Florida), we couldn’t bear it anymore so we made our way past the National Museum of African American History and Culture (which is on my list to see but I would definitely need to devote a day to it!) and to the National Museum of American History.
We witnessed the unfolding of the life-sized replica of the flag that inspired the national anthem, which was pretty cool and then we relished in the cool air while looking at the history of voting rights in America, fashions of First Ladies and the actual flag that I mentioned earlier.
Hungry enough for lunch, we walked over to what I now consider a top restaurant: GCDC — a restaurant specialising in grilled cheese. I chose the Carolina BBQ grilled cheese, complete with mac n’ cheese inside with a side of tots. Go big or go home, amirite?
After our feast, we ubered over to Georgetown for cupcakes (but the line was too long) so we walked around talking about life and peering into dream houses. Little did we know the storm predicted for later on in the afternoon would come early and with a vengeance! After some fun in a windstorm, the rainstorm hit and we rushed into the nearest store and waited for an uber for the Kennedy Center for a quick tour!
Later that night, after several games of Quiddler at a board game bar (#nerdlife), I ate way too many chips and tacos at Mission, a delicious Mexican restaurant that even Malissa approved of!
Unfortunately, our time as a foursome quickly came to an end on the next day, as Malissa and Kate had to head back home. So, after a quick photo-op at the farmers market Lee and I said goodbyes to our other half.
Before we overheated, Lee and I did some grocery shopping (and a lot of sampling) at the farmers market.
Later on, I was reunited with Nandos for lunch (thanks for indulging, Lee!) and convinced Lee to take me around Embassy Row to look at all the embassies. We ended our day visiting Woodrow Wilson’s house before trying to recover from our weekend before my train right home at night.
Riding on a rather choppy train home (thank god for Dramamine!), I couldn’t help but think how bizarre and special the weekend was. Bizarre because it felt like no time had passed between us.Special because, for 48 hours, I was reunited with some of the people I feel closest to on this planet. Yes, we said practically tearful hellos and goodbyes, but we were back to our normal silly conversations and deep discussions in almost no time. I can only hope to have many more girls weekends like this one!