A visit from the Big Apple

A visit from the Big Apple

It's no secret that long distance friendships are tough. Finding the time to stay connected can be difficult and finding the time to visit can be even more difficult. So when my best friend from New York said he was coming to visit this past weekend I was ecstatic! Grant and I grew up together and have been best friends since 7th grade. We're pros at the long distance friendship since he went to Columbia College in Chicago and I stayed in Ohio. He then promptly moved to New York after graduation to work for Rachel Ray. Now that I'm in Washington, D.C., this is the closest we've been to each other in five years and we're still 4 1/2 hours away! When he told me he was coming to visit I immediately started planning out the best way to show him a D.C. experience in under three days...

 

Happy Hour, Brunch, and Fro-Yo

 

A D.C. visit wouldn't be complete without the signature 'weekend-kickoff' of Friday happy hour at a bar downtown called the Bottom Line. A friend clued me in on this place and I'm glad because they have great drink and appetizer specials from 5-8 p.m.

 

Sightseeing is a necessary part of the itinerary for any visitor and we certainly made the most of it. After walking through the beautiful United States Botanic Gardens we said "hi" to Obama at the White House and then hit up Eastern Market where we found this giant mustache for sale. If I didn't have to carry it home with me on the metro I probably would have purchased it.

 

 

Visiting the White House

Just stopping by to say "hi" to Michelle and Barack.

 

A very large mustache

I need this. Really, I do.

 

The Botanic Gardens

 

We grabbed some fro-yo after visiting the Eastern Market and went to lunch at We, The Pizza down by the Capitol. Citizens, it is of dire importance that you head down to Pennsylvania Avenue and eat this pizza. It was the best pizza I've ever had. I had the Greek pizza and their homemade brew on tap. I would have been content to sit inside this diner-style restaurant all day but, alas, there was more sightseeing to be done.

 

We, The Pizza

Homemade pizza to die for.

 

I treated Grant to a traditional D.C. brunch on Sunday complete with mimosas and pancakes! After spending a few hours lounging by the pool at my apartment it was time to send Grant on his way. Being here in D.C. is amazing in and of itself but having the opportunity to share these experiences with my best friend makes everything that much better. To all current and future interns: If it's possible, encourage your friends and family to come see you while you're staying here! Having visitors is a great way to mix things up on the weekends and it's always nice to have the chance to show off what you're doing here in the capital. Speaking of which, my mom is coming this weekend so the past few days with Grant were a great trial run for her visit!

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