Saturday, May 9, 2009

On Random DC Trips (Part 1)

So Thursday I got out of work a little late, 7ish, and I my friend Jennie asked me if I wanted to go to Taco Bell, she insisted to pay and so I went with her and caught up and had a really good time. We went back to her place and hung out, played with her new kitten and then went down to the look out, with the kitten in a backpack, it wasn’t so keen on that part. While down there Jennie was like do you wanna go to DC tonight? I reminded her that I was really broke and told her that I had stuff to do tomorrow. A little cajoling later I txt’d Jason and told him I wouldn’t be in to run on Saturday.

We packed up our stuff, got gas and ciggs and then set out at about 10. We stopped in Manassas at a party that a friend of Jennie’s (also a friend of mine’s brother) was at/having. There were really drunk highschool kids everywhere and the cops showed up because apparently there was some tanked 17 year old girl waiting on the corner near the main road. After getting directions 5 times from someone we went to the Vienna Metro station at about 2am, we parked and got tickets.

This was my first time riding an underground transit system in the U.S. I’d ridden the underground in London before and really liked it and the Metro was really awesome too. About 3 stops in a gaggle of drunk bros got on, right then I knew that it would be a good weekend. There was one in an orange shirt (polo) who kept making really awesome “I’m drunk but I’m trying to explain something difficult to you” faces. Highlights from over hearing these bros also included “no man, girls are a lot dikier than you think” “I don’t care if I’m a 3rd wheel can I get in on this?” Good times to be had by all. We switched from the orange to the red are Metro Station, and then onto the green after that.

We got off at Columbia Heights and walked a few blocks to one of Jennie’s friend’s houses. After a quick 7-11 trip we hung out for awhile then blew up the air mattress and passed out around 4am.

Jennie and I woke up at like 12:30 to a note from Aimee (the friend) telling us that she had gone to work and left a set of her apartment keys. After changing out of our PJs and getting ready Jennie and I went to Sticky Fingers, this Vegan Coffee Shop/Bakery. The food there was so tight, I got a phat mint (vegan thin mint but bigger) and Jennie got an amazing cinnamon roll.

We came back to Aimee’s and decided to go to the National Zoo, which was less than a 10 min walk from Aimee’s apartment. Jennie and I spent the day walking around looking at: Sea Lions, Bears, not wolves, Beavers, not Armadillos, Red Pandas, etc. The Beevers were really tight because they would walk up to you and stand on their hind legs and pose for you so you could take a picture of them. It was a really really awesome time, best of all, it was free!

We walked back to the place we were staying and hung out for about an hour until Aimee got off work, we then walked to Soul Veg, this phenomenal vegan/vegetarian restaurant, I had vegan pepper steak, this ballin ass mac and cheese and corn. The food was stupid good and the guys there were really friendly, they talked to us and told us 20 times to come back next time we were in DC.

I’m really glad I went on this trip, I think it was a good end cap to school and it was really nice to get out of Richmond for a bit. It’s made me realize just how not perfect fist city is and if anything is making me want to get out even more. DC has been awesome, thus far and I expect nothing less tonight. Should be leaving sometime tomorrow back in the afternoon/early evening. More updated then.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, I love Sticky Fingers bakery! My friend that I stay with when I go to DC used to work there!

    where in manassas were you?