Anyway, since I lived in the area for so long, I wasn't really up for taking pictures of all the usual attractions, although it was a treat to see the ones that we got to see. I'm delighted to see the Washington Monument without all the post-earthquake scaffolding, for instance.
One thing that was new and that I deemed photo-worthy in my post-travel haze was our hotel for the first night. As I mentioned in my previous post, we had all sorts of travel snafus. This resulted in various hotel plans falling through--we were scheduled to spend the night in NY the day we arrived in DC, for instance. We made a last minute hotel booking in DC, and ended up with what was billed as a boutique hotel. I don't believe we had ever stayed in a boutique hotel before, so I was curious about what that would entail. In the case of this particular hotel, it meant funky decor, a leopard print bathrobe, and Pez in the minbar.
|I resisted eating from the minibar despite the unusual goodies inside.|
Best Foods Eaten
- Oysters at Hank's Oyster Bar!
- Cardamon gelato at Pitango Gelato
- Breakfast from the Whole Foods breakfast bar
- Indian food at Shangri-La in Bethesda
- Kale salad at Nando's
- Donuts at GBD
- A large breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien, including a goat cheese and mushroom omelette, a green salad on the side, and bread with chocolate spread
Regrets and Disappointments
- The top regret is definitely not getting to see any of our DC-area friends. I think it was smart to not try to make plans under the circumstances (especially considering our travel difficulties), but there are some people I would have loved to have seen.
- Not having time to go to Rockville for some of the wonderful Chinese food there.
- Not having more time in DC in general for any number of things.
- Finding that a Malaysian restaurant we had enjoyed for years had closed.
Non-Exhaustive List of Stuff Brought Back to Kazakhstan
- Sugar-free peanut butter from Whole Foods!
- Unsweetened cocoa powder and powdered sugar for flourless chocolate cookies I want to make.
- Staplers with staples. I spent nearly half an hour attempting to staple forty quizzes together recently, and decided I needed better office supplies than what I could find locally.
- Folders. See above.
- Cough syrup
- All kinds of chocolate--Ritter and Milka chocolate from the Frankfurt airport, an Endangered Species chocolate bar from Whole Foods, and chocolate-covered ginger from Trader Joe's.
- Chamomile and white ginger pear teas.
- Warm tights that are long enough for me.
- Dried mango
We're looking forward to a longer trip to the US later this month!