Weekend Away

I spent the weekend with an old friend and college roommate that recently moved to Silver Spring, Maryland, just across the bridge from us. It was lots of fun seeing the city, and we took a trip into D. C. on Saturday.

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It was a gorgeous day to roam the capital, and there is just so so much to choose from to do, you really need weeks there. I hadn’t been since elementary school, so it was fun to revisit the well-known sites, as well as see the new monuments that have been built since then. After the Zoo, where we got to see everyone’s favorite baby panda, Bao Bao, we enjoyed exploring the west side of the National mall. We saw the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, as well as the World War II Memorial, opened in 2004, and the MLK Memorial, opened in 2011.

I really appreciated getting to see the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The side of the figure reads “Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” and behind it stretches a wall on either side filled with quotes from Dr. King. It is a beautiful memorial. Coming from the Deep South and knowing so well its past, it makes me thankful not only for Dr. King, but the numerous men and women that fought through such despair and changed the face of our nation.

It was so nice to be able to see the new memorials. We just saw the Jefferson Memorial from afar – we had reached our walking limit for the day. I had forgotten how spread out everything was, so it was quite a long day, but completely worth it. Hubs and I will have to make some trips over to see a bunch of stuff.

One of my favorite things was riding the Metro – I love riding on subways. It makes this small-town girl feel like a big-city woman. I would love to live in a metropolis at some point in life. Every time I’ve visited a big city, I’ve felt so at home. I love the thriving, liveliness of cities, the ability to walk or use public transportation to get anywhere, and there’s never a shortage of people for people-watching.

It was a fun weekend of spending time with friends, seeing some great sites, and eating lots of good food.

What were you up to this weekend? See any good sites or visit any cool people?

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