Weekend escape to a BIG city: Washington DC

Trip Start Jun 03, 2009
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Trip End Sep 18, 2009


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Friday, June 19, 2009

I first bought the tickets to DC for the 4th of July weekend some time ago.  Greyhound was cheaper than the Amtrak trains by a few dollars, so I bravely purchased a roundtrip ticket online for $30.  Then after a bad incident at a bar last weekend, I comforted myself by buying another roundtrip ticket to DC for this weekend.  It was $42 but whatever, best decision ever.

DC overflows with summer interns every year, so it's not a surprise I have friends who are interning in DC  this summer.  One of closest friends from high school goes to college in DC and is currently working for "an evil pharmaceutical company".  She lives in an apartment near White House!  I have not seen her since winter break, so I was way too excited to see her.

The Greyhound bus station was about a mile away from my Charlottesville apartment, so I was going to take the free trolley... but apparently the trolley only goes one way, and I waited on the wrong side.  I ended up lugging my clothing/shoe-heavy duffle bag to the Greyhound station.  I was really worried because the email confirmation said I needed to pick up the tickets no later than 1 hour before departure.  I got there about 30 minutes before the scheduled departures.  The guy at the counter didn't even check my ID or credit card.  The bus did not come for another hour.  Oh, Greyhound.

Thankfully, the bus was relatively clean, comfortable, and diverse in terms of passengers.  There were quite a few students on the bus, presumably going home from school for the weekend.

The 3-hour bus ride was tedious or soothing, depending on how you look at it.  I reviewed my GRE vocabularly flash cards, listened to music, napped... then I got off at the Union Station, as my friend instructed.  Getting to her apartment was easy enough- I put 5 bucks on a metro card and took the metro 4 stations over, transferred and went another 3-4 stops.  All the practices in Europe must have helped.  My friend greeted me at her metro station!  Yay!

She lives in a pretty residential area with 8-10 story apartment buildings and condos.  There are some university buildings mixed in between.  I put down my duffle bag in her one-bedroom apartment and got ready to go out for dinner!  We walked over to the Georgetown area, apparently the hopping part of town.  The M Street is a 2-lane street with shops and restaurants on either side.  Unlike Charlottesville, almost all stores are recognizable franchise shops.  So many young people were out and about!  I am loving the atmosphere already...

Yesha asked me what kind of food I wanted, and I unhesitatingly answered, ETHNIC FOOD.  So we headed to a Thai restaurant called Bangkok Joe's (?) near the waterfront.  And believe me when I say I had one of the best pad thais ever!  The peach margarita may have spiced up my taste buds a little bit, but really, awesome food in really generous portions!  Then we strolled along the waterfront, where boats cruised and stylish young professionals drank and partied.

We decided to have a chill night by going to a hookah restaurant called Zenobi (sp?).  We had to smoke outside on dingy metal chairs... which was alright.  Apparently there are 2 other hookah bars/restaurants right around the corner, but this one is the best value.  And I mean, we are broke college interns.  The place was pretty packed... smoking hookah brought back memories.  As we caught up and chatted about our study abroad experiences, the night waned... and I slept soo comfortably in her bed.

p.s. CONGRATULATIONS to Class of 2009!!!  I will miss my friends a lot... I am so proud of them all for securing jobs/graduate schools/fellowships in this economic climate!
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