How was your weekend? Mine was good but very very tiring. The fact that I have this post up means that I love you guys, and I wanted something for you to read - because all I want to do is SLEEP! If you saw my Snapchat story over the weekend, you know that we barely got any sleep between Friday night and Sunday morning. In fact, we slept for 3 hours on Saturday night after my friend's wedding as we had to be out of the hotel by 4:30am to catch our early flight back to Atlanta. I'm going to break up this post into 2 parts because I have too many photos... what else is new?
This was kinda like my first time in Washington DC. I went once before, maybe 12 years ago, but stayed for a couple of hours and left. This time around, I traveled with my sister and cousin (you saw them in this post). Our friend from college got married on Saturday, and we decided to make it a girls trip - y'all know how I feel about married couples getting to have Alone Time, right? We started planning the trip almost 2 months ago, a week or two after receiving the invitation card. We used some of the tips I shared in this post about traveling in groups.
Anyways, we got into DC at about midnight on Friday, which technically was Saturday. No wait, we discovered that the airport we flew into was actually in Arlington, Virginia NOT in Washington DC. Did you know that there are NO airports in Washington DC? I had no idea. The airports that serve the DC area are actually nearby in Maryland or Virginia! Either ways, we got there pretty late and headed to our hotel - the Grand Hyatt - to get some much needed shut eye.
Our plan was to wake up early on Saturday morning, walk over to the White House and get "that shot" that everyone takes - and then we were going to see what other sights we could get to before the wedding ceremony slated for 1pm. If you know me, then you know that I use weddings as an opportunity to go sight-seeing, especially if the wedding starts in the afternoon (like that time I climbed Olumo Rock with Cakes before a wedding). We went on our merry way, dancing in the streets for no reason at all and taking in a few sights.
We saw the Department of Treasury First and took a few photos.
Well, as it turned out, there was a HUGE event happening on Saturday in DC - the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This was a very big deal, considering the history of black people in America and all kinds of VIPs were there! As in, we shared the same air with Uncle Barack, Aunty Mimi (we dress alike too), The Bushes, Uncle Joe (Biden), Uncle Bill (Clinton), Will Smith, Oprah, Angela Basset, Robert DeNiro - as in, you people!!!!!!! What kind of random luck did we have that we happened to be there the same weekend?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Security was VERY tight in the area - do y'all see the snipers and sharpshooters at the top of the building? Speaking of building, please o - the Uber driver that told us about the event said the museum is supposed to look like a hut. Hmm, I don't know where he got that info from because it doesn't look like a hut to me. In fact, what I saw on Wikipedia is that it's an inverted step pyramid surrounded by bronze elements, that reflect a crown used in Yoruba culture - ha, Naija no dey carry last!
Everything took place on the National Mall, where the Washington Monument is. The place was PACKED!!! If I had known about this event beforehand, I would have carried plenty ankara and beads to go and sell - see how I missed an opportunity to make money! A lot of people were dressed in African attire, and some even showed up in regalia from wars past! These guys in particular are re-enactors of the 3rd Regiment United States Colored Troops.
Because of how tight security was, we couldn't get up close to the White House for "that shot" but we were able to get a quick one not too far off. This Secret Service guy saw us near a gate that was blocked off, and goes "Hey ladies, you wanna get in for a little bit?" ENH? Is that a question? Hoff kerse! He opened the gate for us, turned around and said TWICE "You ladies are really beautiful!" Jesus! We were all ready to marry him together and become sister wives! I mean, dude was this tall, glass of milk! Choi! In the middle of all our swooning, he allowed us to take a photo, and then said we had to leave because Uncle Barack was about to leave the White House and apparently nobody's allowed to be on that road when his motorcade passes by!
With all that excitement gone, we managed to take some photos of the Washington Monument, which was built as a memorial for the first American President, George Washington. It's also the world's tallest stone structure!
All in all, we had a nice time walking around DC and hearing about some of the struggles that African Americans have gone through in America. It's such a shame that there is still so much strife surrounding race in this country and I can't help but think of my recent visit to the MLK Center.
Before all this went down though, we had breakfast at Lincoln's Waffle Shop, which is located on 10th Street. The place is called Lincoln's Waffle Shop because it's very close to the building where President Abraham Lincoln died.
If you're ever in DC, you MUST try their food. You guys know I like food a lot, so I wouldn't steer you in the wrong direction. You're welcome in advance! I recommend that you get there before 9am on a weekend, because a line starts to form outside.
Both my sister and cousin got eggs with Chicken and Waffles.
I, on the other hand, got Banana Pancakes with eggs and a Salmon Cake. See enh, I'm literally salivating looking at these photos and remembering the orgasmic taste!!! Chai, we have to always thank God for good food!
And that's part 1 of our Washington DC trip! In my next post, I'll just share what we wore and hopefully some Snapchat shots of the wedding fun!
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you did, please let me know in the comments below. Be sure to come back tomorrow for part 2!