Weekend Recap: D.C. Adventure

This past weekend I took a little road trip down to Washington D.C. to see my friend Tara. Tara and I have been friends since our first week at Bucknell, living across the hall from one another. Although we were not roommates we were pretty much inseparable freshman year and have been friends ever since! Tara graduated from Bucknell early and started working in D.C. in January. Ever since she left our senior year apartment together, I have been dying to see her new life in the nation’s capital. This weekend I jumped at the chance to visit her! I have only been to D.C. twice before, once with my family and another through a class trip during my junior year of high school. It was such a wonderful weekend filled with lots of touristy things as well as time to just catch up on life. Here are a few of the highlights from our weekend together, from the Newseum, to the National Mall, to the National Arboretum. (I am very lucky to have a friend who lets me indulge in my new photography tendencies!)

Saturday morning Tara and I headed to my absolute favorite museum, the Newseum. If you have never been, I HIGHLY recommend it. I visited it during my junior year class trip and was immediately hooked. This is a museum solely focused on news and journalism, with exhibits ranging from Pulitzer Prize winning photography, to the Anchorman movie, to the history of news and media. This museum embodies pretty much all of my favorite things, news, media, and interactive exhibits. Tara and I were especially lucky to score free tickets to this museum! My parents attended a surprise party at the Newseum a few weeks back and were not in the city long enough to see the exhibits during the museum hours. I could honestly spend hours walking around this museum, there is so much to see and experience.

Sections of the Berlin Wall. Mine and Tara's favorite was the "Act Up" one.

Sections of the Berlin Wall. Mine and Tara’s favorite was “Act Up!”

A quick photo op at the Newseum balcony!

A quick photo op on the Newseum balcony!

This map of shows the levels of free press all over the world.

This map shows the levels of free press all over the world.

The 9/11 exhibit includes the World Trade Center's North Tower broadcast antenna. This exhibit is an incredibly moving section of the museum.

The 9/11 exhibit includes the World Trade Center’s North Tower broadcast antenna. This exhibit is an incredibly moving and emotional section of the museum.

My favorite section: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs.

My favorite section: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs.

Channeling my inner Veronica Corningstone!

Channeling my inner Veronica Corningstone in the Anchorman exhibit!

After the Newseum, Tara showed me the sculpture garden that she often spends time in. It was the perfect place to have a quick snack before heading over to the National Mall!

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My favorite sculpture by far!

The perfect spot to take in the sun on the first day of summer!

The perfect spot to take in the sun on the first day of summer!

After our pit stop in the sculpture garden we decided to walk along the National Mall through all of the different monuments!

Tara spotted this photo at the World War II monument. I couldn't help but stop and take a moment to think of the man in the photo who gave his life for his country. This photo reminded us that this monument was not just a beautiful fountain and statues of the states, but to commemorate those who lost their lives for their country.

Tara spotted this photo at the World War II monument. I couldn’t help but stop and take a moment to think of the man in the photo who gave his life for his country.

Going for a little stroll along the water.

Going for a little stroll along the water.

As we walked up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial I spotted this wedding party. The bride looked absolutely amazing, I couldn't help but snag a shot of the happy couple!

As we walked up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial I spotted this wedding party. The bride looked absolutely stunning, I couldn’t help but snag a shot of the happy couple!

After our long day at the Newseum and walking through the National Mall I was ready for a delicious meal and movie night in. Tara is vegan and I am always impressed by her easy and tasty culinary creations. While I visited her, for breakfast we had a bowl of quinoa mixed with banana and mangos, dinner was a pasta dish with zucchini, corn, and black beans with a red sauce, and for dessert we made homemade banana ice cream. Each of these meals were so simple and plant strong, showing me how easy it is to eat vegan on a daily basis. Tara sent me a long list of recipes that I am excited to try in the upcoming weeks and promise to showcase on the blog with my honest reviews! I love asking Tara about nutrition and different healthy options that I can switch into my meals. She never ceases to inspire me with her passion and knowledge on the topics of health and nutrition (plus she never gets annoyed by my millions of questions!). I cannot wait to see the path that she takes to continue her career in the health/nutrition world!

On Sunday we decided to adventure out to the National Arboretum, a new spot for both of us! It was beautiful and a great escape from city life.

After seeing all the different types of banzai trees I cannot wait to grow my own personal tree.

After seeing all the different types of banzai trees I am itching to grow my own personal tree!

Tara in her element!

Tara in her element.

Talking to her favorites: yellow flowers!

Talking to her favorites: yellow flowers!

Warning: Climbing the Capital Columns is harder than it looks!

Warning: Climbing the Capital Columns is harder than it looks!

Tara and I both agree, there is no better smell than blooming magnolias!

Tara and I both agree, there is no better smell than blooming magnolias!

My weekend in Washington D.C. was wonderful! Spending the first official day of summer catching up with Tara and spending time at monuments and museums was perfect. I apologize for bombarding this post with photos, but I just couldn’t cut it down any further! I am so lucky to have Tara as a friend. She is incredibly positive, never without a smile. She always sees the good in people and I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate her overwhelming support for my dreams as well as hers. I look forward to the day when she can visit me in my first apartment and we can adventure in that city, wherever that may be!

My favorite shot of the weekend. A selfie attempt with my DSLR camera. All smiles :)!

My favorite shot of the weekend. A selfie attempt with my DSLR camera. All smiles :)!

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