48 hours in DC

A burst of fall colors taking in their last breaths welcomed us in Washington DC. Fifteen minutes away, tucked in a beautiful lane of Arlington was our home for two days. It was a red-bricked home that was old and wise at ninety years. A shy dog named Roxy welcomed us with the owners. An artist’s home with bookshelves, potted plans, painted bowls of potpourri and musical instruments – we were overjoyed to be a part of it. The view from our window were trees blooming with reds and oranges as the sidewalks rustled with golden leaves.

Top right was our room 🙂

The subway was a short walk lined with pretty homes and radiant colors. We went to Theodore Roosevelt Island and meandered down paths inviting us to get lost in their wilderness. There was not a soul in sight and only the whispering leaves and soft-footed deer. D literally had to tear me away to take a walk across the bridge into Georgetown. And wow! This place is as pretty as a postcard. The buildings are timeless, the streets look like an artist drew and brought them to life. Up and down we rambled, catching some melt-in-mouth cupcakes at Georgetown Cupcakes and some pizza. Something funny happened that evening – we had no clue where to add the tip! We made a frantic call to D’s cousin (My bro-in-law) and he explained the process to us as he caught his breath between laughs.

With sheepish smiles, we made our way back. It was barely 6:30 in the evening but we felt the jet lag catching up on us. We passed out in the middle of a mumbling conversation…

At the Island…

The next morning we were up early and energized. We visited the museums and monuments that cloudy windy day. Our first stop was the Holocaust Museum. I have read extensively on the same but nothing could have prepared me for the experience. Listening to the narrations of the survivors almost broke me and I wasn’t really strong enough to face such a tragedy. I couldn’t stay longer and had to leave – I just couldn’t.

We walked over to Natural History and of course I kept making connections with Night at the Museum Movies… The same thing happened at the Air and Space Museum. D went pretty mad – was wide-eyed and open-mouthed as we took in the fighter planes and air crafts. My favorite was our last stop at the Botanical Gardens which made an enchanting walk in the “woods”. The models of the monuments added a touch of gold to the otherwise green paradise.

Purple beauties at the Botanical Gardens

It was early evening and we started on the four monuments – Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Monument and World War II Memorial with the Washington Monument in the background. The dusk made these monuments simply breathtaking! The clouds and skies were an imposing background and heightened their magnetism. I should mention – I fell in love with the Washington Monument. I was sitting and staring at it lost in my thoughts till D had to gently shake me out of my stupor.

Jefferson Memorial


View from Lincoln Memorial

Our legs were beginning to give out even though we were by no means tired. We grabbed dinner at the famous Ben’s Chilli Bowl and licked our bowls clean – not literally unfortunately. We made slow work of the walk back taking in the sights which we might never see again.

Beautiful morning walk
I was so tempted to roll here!

The next morning was bright and sunny unlike our previous two days. We took a walk in the neighborhood before catching our bus to New York City. The sunshine, the gilded tree tops and rolling leaves across lawns was a sight to catch. A happy start!


A Dreamy Interlude

There was an intense love, a circle of togetherness meant only for us. A happiness inside never felt before. A look in the eyes never seen before. A pace of heartbeat never measured before.

It is only the beginning of the ever after. Happiness has no bounds, but it is invisible. It is reigned in for those unguarded moments. It is subtle and delicate, twinkling like a star when no one is looking (maybe like the one shining on my finger). It is contained in that circle of togetherness.

 Many people guessed that something was up last week and well… It was. The engagement. The first start of my forever, so to speak 🙂 It took me sometime to understand what evolving means, and now I embark on a journey to understand what evolving together signifies. I have a feeling it is a journey that never really has a destination because there is never just one destination! There are turns and forks and slides and climbs. Perhaps, veer off the path and simply enjoy the foliage for a while. It is going to be exciting, fun and inspiring! With tons of schooling.

The first step that we are taking is a trip of a lifetime! 🙂 Three weeks of pure happiness and immersing ourselves in a melting pot of cultures, adventures and sights. United States, here we come! Fall foliage, yummy foods, colorful cocktails and road trips. A time to relax and find ourselves in new ways.

I am excited. Butterflies fluttering like mad! But it is not just the prospect of a long due vacation that is making me happy, and, at the risk of sounding unromantic, not just the prospect of travelling together. It is also making memories that I know for a fact can never have a round two. It is also discovering the version of myself I will meet while I am there. It is also carving different dimensions to the relationship that we are slowly building. Travelling thousands of miles is obviously not necessary for it, but it is a factor that has a heavy weight. It is really going to be one dreamy interlude, seemingly endless.

So it is a race to wrap up loose ends at work, complete last minute formalities and stay sane till the date of departure. It’ll be difficult to be around and keep up with my reading of all these wonderful blogs over the next month. Promise to come back soon and get on track!

Attention US folks/people familiar with US: Some suggestions and tips for New York City and Washington DC is most welcome. New Orleans too! Food, places to see, hidden gems not on the tourist map 🙂 And Oh! Best places to catch fall foliage 🙂