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Going to the Chapel Adventures to D.C.

I happened to mention last week that I was going on an adventure to Washington, D.C. for the weekend. I was so excited for my trip for a couple of reasons, but one of them was because I hadn’t been to D.C. in over two years. It’s one of my favorite places to visit for a couple of reasons: there is so much to do and see…for free (!!!); the Metro is awesome; D.C. is a quick drive from Philly, which allows you to get to doing rather than driving; no matter how many times I visit, I always end up doing something unexpected and new.

I was visiting my friend who lives in Silver Spring, MD, and right when I drove into town, I was greeted by the Discovery Communications building. As a former communications major and journalism degree holder, I was completely excited. As in saying, “WHOA!” out loud to myself in my car. My weekend only got better when we happened to visit Bethesda for lunch and shopping. I have been dreaming of visiting Georgetown Cupcake for SO long, and guess what’s in Bethesda? The best, most decadent cupcake I have ever had in my life. This sounds like a complete exaggeration, but it’s not. My Chocolate^3 cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake Bethesda was heaven.

After completing my life goal of visiting Georgetown Cupcake (again, not joking), I was off to check another goal off of my list: attend my first Phillies game. I was a little bummed that I wasn’t seeing my first game at Citizens Bank Park, but I was stoked nonetheless. And I realized that Phillies games are fun, y’all! I loved cheering on awesome plays and watching homeruns being hit up into the stands. However, when the opposing team ties the game in the eighth inning, I get slightly completely stressed. I plan to attend more games in the future where hopefully my hometown team will win.

Before I headed home on Saturday, my friend and I had planned to take part in the Around the World Embassy Tour. I had never seen Embassy Row before, so viewing the architecture of the buildings, let alone being able to walk inside, was awesome. The embassies we were able to visit were fairly spread out, and the ones we didn’t get to were even further away (read: taking the Metro = completely necessary). We decided beforehand that we wanted to start our day at the Embassy of Australia and work our way around from there. Each embassy had their culture on display with many offering food and drink tastings as well as examples of their country’s art and music. My favorite embassy was Botswana because the Ambassador actually spoke to us about her country, and she spoke with such passion! Oh, and this tour goes back to one of my favorite aspects about D.C: it was completely free. (Here is additional info about the Passport to DC program, which continues for the entire month of May.)

{Embassies from top to bottom: Australia, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, Rwanda, Botswana, & the Bahamas}

I had a whirlwind of a weekend, and I truly enjoyed everything that I was able to experience in such a short amount of time. If you are thinking about going on a quick getaway with your family, friends, or your beau, consider making the trip to D.C. Have you ever been? Let me know in the comments!

*all photos courtesy of Going to the Chapel


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