First Trip Home


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us capitol, washington, dcAs you might have guessed from my last post (and my sparse posting over the last couple weeks), I returned to Washington, DC for a mix of vacation and work. It was my first trip back to the United States since arriving in El Salvador seven months ago. It was so nice to be home.fredericksburg, va, kenmore inn, bed and breakfast, virginiaHoneymoon/anniversary suite.Kail and I originally planned the trip around a friend’s wedding, in which I was a bridesmaid and which also happened to coincide with our one-year anniversary. I also registered to run the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, which I actually ended up not running (more on that in a future post).Then, as luck would have it, a long-planned work event ended up being scheduled for the week I had planned to return to El Salvador. So I got to spend an extra three days at my old stomping grounds, working out of my former office downtown and organizing a panel at the National Press Club.All went well except for the fact that having a major work event scheduled for the week after you’re on vacation means not quite being able to unplug during said vacation. But some extra time in DC was well worth having to respond to a few emails and participate in a couple calls.Since my friend stole my anniversary thunder was getting married on our anniversary weekend, Kail and I celebrated a few days early with a short trip to Fredericksburg and Charlottesville, site of our wedding and “minimoon,” respectively.fredericksburg, va, kenmore inn, bed and breakfast, virginiaThe Washington Suite at the Kenmore Inn.We stayed at the same B&B — in the same room, actually — where we had our wedding reception and spent our first night as a married couple. We opened a celebratory bottle of Paraduxx (2010 Z Blend — our special wine we had the night we got engaged) on the same oddly located corkscrew behind the bathroom door.paraduxx wine, napa, sonomaBecause why wouldn’t you want a bottle of wine in the bathroom?We had lunch with the pastor who married us at the BBQ place that catered our rehearsal dinner. We drove to Charlottesville and enjoyed a walk around “Grounds” and lunch at my favorite sandwich shop, followed by a wine tasting at Horton Vineyards.It was a lovely anniversary celebration amidst a whirlwind trip of catch-up dinners and coffees, wedding festivities and work. I was in Washington, DC and Virginia for a total of 14 days (13 nights). In that time period, I stayed in three hotels/B&Bs and in four different houses/apartments with friends.I wouldn’t exactly call it a relaxing trip, as I’m one to cram as much activity as possible into as little time as possible. And did I mention this trip was bookended by a visit from my sister for Semana Santa and from a college friend (who arrived to San Salvador the same day I did)?Needless to say, yesterday was one Monday. I’m exhausted, but I’m already looking forward to my next vacation/visit from friends and family.Have you traveled or hosted any visitors lately?

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

6 thoughts on “First Trip Home

  1. Happy Anniversary! Has it really been a year??? I can’t believe so much has happened since…. What a treat to stay at your honeymoon suite!!! I hope you were able to relax for at least a bit. I hope your event was very successful!

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    1. Thank you! I know it has been a crazy year in terms of life changes. The event went well, thank you — it is the same one I had emailed you about a while back about OAS, but we ended up going with another venue.

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