24 Hours in Washington DC

I’ve walked the streets of London, climbed the Eiffel Tower, and tried Belgian chocolate from the shops of Bruges, but I never visited the capital of the United States – Washington D.C. – until now.

The opportunity for a quick visit arose when we decided to road trip it down to Virginia to see my sister graduate from A.I.T army training, and I was determined to see D.C. while the chance was within reach.

But I learned a lot about the capital city that I didn’t know before. Basically, you have to see it to understand just how huge and overwhelming it is. But I loved it.

We were short on time, but here’s what I saw in the two days I visited Washington D.C., and what you should consider seeing on your trip there, too.

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The view from The Washington Monument on the National Mall 

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Summer in Massachusetts: Cape Cod Lavender Farm

If there’s one time a year that gets everyone in Massachusetts excited – it’s summer. And if there’s one place that gets everyone in Massachusetts excited – it’s Cape Cod (or the Cape, as it’s known locally).

Put those two together and you’re golden.

But aside from the incredible beaches, seafood and shopping offered down the Cape during the on-months, there’s even more, if you know where to look.

I’ve been pretty obsessed with lavender for awhile – I have a few plants growing in my own garden at home. The smell during the peak season is to-die-for; it has that gorgeous balance of sweet and strong that entices. I use it in my tea (hello, lavender-chamomile my old friend), and as a natural perfume and sleep aid. Drying bunches and keeping them on-hand keeps the air clean in the house, and makes every breath feel like summertime.

So when I heard about Cape Cod Lavender Farm, I had no choice but to see what it was all about.

And it certainly didn’t disappoint.

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Meet my new addition!

Hello everyone! First I would like to apologize for the unexpected hiatus from blogging. I have been extremely busy recently, and time slipped away from me. Thank you for your patience! You’re the best!

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My cutie Kita, the American Eskimo!

One of the biggest reasons for my hiatus from blogging is due to a new addition to my family. I recently added an American Eskimo Puppy, whom I have named Kita, to my family. She is currently the center of my world, seeing as she needs to go outside every hour due to her lack of bladder control and constant love of cuddling!

I have been researching American Eskimo Dogs for quite sometime, but they aren’t as popular or as well-known as some other breeds, such as the Labrador or Golden Retriever. However, my new, deep love for the breed has cemented them into my mind as one of my favorites.

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What is April Fools Day Anyway?

Comic by Schultz.

Spring is in the air! Temperatures are fast approaching 50+ degrees, and we’re dusting off the sandals to get them all ready for the long-awaited summer (even more long-awaited after Snowemaggedon 2015 here in the northeast).

As we fast approach April, we get to celebrate this, and the 1st itself—April fool’s Day! Yes, the glorious day of my birth (that’s right!) but also the fabulous day where you get to fill your coworker’s cubicle with packing peanuts. Move over Easter; this is a true holiday worth celebrating. Continue reading “What is April Fools Day Anyway?”

Secret Boston: My favorite lesser-known spots

There’s a lot to love about Boston—from the Golden Dome of the Statehouse to the dirty water of the Charles River, the city has a charm and a way of life that influences residents and visitors alike. But what makes this city special are all of the unique and surprisingly lesser-known places that give the city a spark not found in others. These spots are unseen in big Hollywood movies like The Departed, Good Will Hunting, or Mystic River, but they’re there nonetheless, and are certainly worth a visit to Beantown in their own right! Here’s my list of favorite lesser-known hangouts in Boston. Continue reading “Secret Boston: My favorite lesser-known spots”

A Final Goodbye

 

The time has come so fast! I’ll be leaving London after four months of living and studying right in the heart of the city. I have travelled, seen amazing places. I have met new and interesting people. I have lived a life that I have been lusting after for so long. It’s bittersweet, because it’s not a goodbye–it’s a see you later.

As a goodbye to all of the friends I have made and to the city I have called home up until recently, I have written a short non-fiction story about walking down Baker Street, which is where I have been living. That story, which is unpublished but that I read as part of a Literary Salon, can be found below.

Again, I hate to say goodbye, but change is good, because without it, we can’t go on living. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here, and it’s a dream come true. I’ll miss the faces I have seen every day, but it’s time to move on now. Back to Boston.

“By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show”

– Samuel Johnson

 

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