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Travel Diaries: Cherry Blossom Edition.

There's been a lot of weekend traveling happening in AS world! Between a quick trip to Virginia, a ride home, and a weekend in Washington DC, there have been so many road trip memories made, laughs had, and bonding happening during hours spent in the passenger seat.

DC, as many of you know, has the famous cherry blossom festival that occurs toward the end of March. This year, because of the lovely onslaught of snow storms the east coast has had, the peak time for the flowers got pushed back to the first weekend in April.

Though we went a week early, it was still so worth it. While the rest of the events of the weekend will be recapped in painful (I kid. It was fun.) detail in my newsletter, Sunday was spent grabbing breakfast at the hotel, driving 40 miles from Leesburg to central DC and walking down Constitution Avenue, around the Washington Monument and down to the Tidal Basin.

The Washington Monument always makes me think of my childhood! When we were little, we made countless trips to the capital with family who were visiting the east coast or making a trip from India. We've done all the monuments and the International Spy Museum (amazing, by the way, if you want to pretend you're James Bond for an afternoon!). But the Monument reminds me of times with my grandfather and grandmother, and the trip we made to the top when I was 9 years old. Walking around it with the cherry blossoms was like a hug from them.

From the Washington Monument, the Tidal Basin is only a couple minutes' walk. And what an incredible sight it is. Okay, not even considering the fact that I've been on a pink kick lately with clothes, accessories and all the is breathtaking to see a ring of pink around the water, at the foot of the Jefferson Memorial. It was absolutely beautiful.

Accompanying the Cherry Blossom Festival was a stage where artists from various Asian countries showcased their culture and performed. Drums, singing, and brightly colored silk outfits only added to the vibe of spring celebration.

Post-cherry blossoms, we took an Uber to brunch at Proof. Recommendation time--their bartender makes the best mocktails ever. No lie. Even the waitress recommended it, and you KNOW when a waitress gives you secret information about the drink-creating talents of a bartender that she's onto something. I also got the eggs benedict, which was mouthwateringly good. Coated with a chipotle sauce and poached egg, the buttered biscuit was enough to clog an artery and so. so. so. good.

All in all, a Sunday spent amongst the blooms was the most relaxing time and I suddenly see what all the hype about those beautiful pink flowers is. 10/10 recommend!