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I cannot believe my weekend in DC went by as astronomically fast as it did. To sum it up in one word, I’d say it was boss. I’ve missed S so much, and quite honestly, with all the changes happening at work and at home, I needed an escape. Immediately. My planned vacation couldn’t have come at a better time either, since my gorgeous and talented friend/former sister queen Kate finally got a break from her busy Philadelphia performing schedule and was able to join us for two days! And to make matters even better, another long lost love/pageant friend, Alex, recently relocated to DC for a position as a journalist for the Washington Post, so she and her roommate were able to met us on Saturday for our epic play date in downtown DC for the final weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
After a lazy evening post flight at the Salamander Resort in Middleburg, VA, we three chicks were wide-eyed and ready to see some cherry blossoms come morning. We left Sarah’s adorable home in Aldie around 11 and didn’t park until approximately 1:30. Spoiler Alert: Traffic in DC, particularly during the final weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival, is one of the most frustrating vehicular hardships I’ve ever endured. Obviously, we passed the time taking iPhone car selfies and discussing in detail everything we planned to eat that day.
Accordingly, our first order of business was to pick up some famous seasonal Cherry Blossom pop tarts from Ted’s Bulletin on Capital Hill. If the brightly-colored sprinkles aren’t enough of an indication, they were amazing. We took our pop tarts to go and paired them with mimosas at the Chesapeake Room, where we met up with Alex and Catalina, as a pre-lunch appetizer.
We literally received over 20 non-related collective compliments on our dresses, which was flattering to say the least. I would say that I was super pleased with the overall hospitality of the city; however, we also witnessed three street fights and one alleged child abuse case materializing before our eyes within a five minute period. We unanimously agreed on the utilization of Uber’s services from that point forward.
After a fabulous lunch, sufficient gossip session, and mandatory slurpee pit stop at 7-11, it was National Cherry Blossom Festival time. On the real no lie, I had no idea how big of a deal this event was. Tens of thousands of people came out to celebrate the capital’s unofficial springtime celebration. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t care about the mass quantity of people (not true- I’m not a crowd person regardless); however, S and I ended up losing the rest of the girls for the duration of the afternoon, which was unfortunate. Boo to your mob scene, DC!