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The Other Parts of Spain… in photos!

I’ve covered Morocco in three parts, Seville and Vejer de la Frontera. Now it’s time for the odds and ends of photos, and adventures. From sunsets to campfires, to pets and sunset beach rides, this was definitely the trip of a life time.

Enjoy!

10525895_10100121646990705_2840732552280081000_nSunset from 40,000 feet – en route to Spain

10551001_10100125947926595_5652298611109064839_nThe endless fields of sunflowers – a huge farming crop for the southern Spain farmers.

10463072_10100125948121205_8256215448635651979_nThe view at our first lunch in Spain – Puerto Sherry

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10514623_10100125951489455_257652133672442720_nOur first sunset in Rota, Spain

10525614_10100122531987165_6243217619800015725_nOur first beach day at Puerto de Santa Maria

10487262_10100122861796225_5134170579938187408_nOur dinner spot at La Dolce Vita in Rota

10491099_10100125962701985_2537580157321246667_nShannon’s new friend in Morocco (and yes, I forgot to include this in the actual Morocco posts)

10378922_10100121722534315_5229832447256330918_nPepe – the coolest cat (besides Roscoe) with the prettiest eyes

10502152_10100126121398955_7070530951705842861_nHibiscus flowers in Morocco

10530729_10100124541789505_6965250031888731584_nRota – the beach on our last beach day.

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10478155_10100124705850725_1115970125986224145_nSunset beach ride on Puerto de Santa Maria with Doctura

10325528_10100124877771195_7611650444431814540_nMy steed for the beach ride. I wanted to steal her and bring her back to the States.

10557267_10100125249935375_2352396878057055251_nHomemade grapefruit martini’s on our last night in Spain.

And yes – if you followed me on Instagram during this adventure of a lifetime, you saw most of these photos 😉

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Taxi Protests and Birds Eye Views – Seville, Spain

We got our major day trips out of the way early in the week so we could veg on the beach of the remainder of our time in Spain. After spending the day in Morocco on Saturday, and a wonderful day at the beach on Sunday, we ventured off to Seville, Spain on Monday.

An hour train ride took us in-land to the beautiful city of Seville, and it really gave us a chance to see the countryside of Spain. Once we arrived in Seville, we headed towards the taxi stand to grab a cab like we were told to the Cathedral or to the Alcazar. Instead of a line of cabs ready to whisk us to our destination, we were faced with an empty cab stand. Thankfully Nick speaks a bit of Spanish, because if he didn’t, we would have been screwed. Because I can’t speak a word. Okay, I can speak a few words. But basic. And the most I used while in Spain was either ‘Hola’, ‘Gracias’, or ‘Un Cervesa Por Favor’ (sometimes ‘Un Sangria por favor’ depending on my mood).

So when two men walked over and began explaining to us why there were no taxi’s and there wouldn’t be until later in the afternoon, I was really grateful that Nick was able to pick up enough to determine that we either needed to take a bus, or walk. So we bought a map and began venturing through Seville towards our destination.

On our way, we passed why there were no taxi’s. Turns out, it was an organized protest. And by organized, I mean they had police officers directing traffic, horns honking, people riding around with signs, and so on. It was insane, but it was also pretty cool to see. They were protesting illegals coming into Seville and taking their jobs.

10547598_10100123029095955_8829653177261893252_nA little glimpse of the taxi protest

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Let’s just say it took us about an hour to walk about 2.5 miles to the Plaza in Seville. And by the time we got there, all we wanted to do was sit down because we were so hot from walking around Seville. But we persevered, and continued to stroll around. We were completely awestruck by the beauty and the size of the plaza. It was incredible. These pictures don’t even do it justice.

10565279_10100128488734795_8267582404598664814_nThe backside of the plaza, which we came in on accidentally. We actually wandered into a secured military area! Whoops! They were totally understanding and directed us to where we needed to be.

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From there, we headed in the direction of the Alcazar and Cathedral. But not before a quick stop for lunch in front of the University in Seville.

UniversityThen we began our walk to the Alcazar and the Cathedral.

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The Alcazar was a cool little part of the city with winding roads, little cafes and hidden shops. I didn’t take any photos in it, but let’s just say it was adorable. We didn’t walk too much through it because we were hot, tired and just wanted to get to the Cathedral. It was already around 100 degrees by the time we got there and just wanted to get out of the sun. We figured we would just kill sometime in the Cathedral and cool off. Instead, we spent close to an hour exploring every nook and cranny and even climbed the 34 flights to the top of the bell tower to enjoy a birds eye view of the city. It was definitely the highlight of our trip to Seville.

10574219_10100128516983185_1440523733318173543_nThe outside of the Cathedral

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Some of the views as we made our way to the top of the bell tower.

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And the views once we made it to the top

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10527782_10100128540930195_7443281916629013121_nThe view of the bullring in Seville

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After we enjoyed the incredible views, we ventured through a few more chambers of the cathedral before heading to a local cafe to grab a beverage. It was my first time experience beer in a wine glass.

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Then before we knew it, it was time to grab a cab (yes, they were running again by the time we were ready to leave!) and head back to the train station to get our train back to Rota. After a fantastic, but hot, day we were definitely ready to spend a few days on the beach. And that’s exactly what we did until Saturday, for our final day trip.

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Continent Hopping: A Day in Africa – Morocco, Part 3

After Asilah, we climbed back in the van and ventured back to Tangier, where our adventure was going to continue through the old city.

But first, a stop for lunch at one of the only places open. During Ramadan, most places close during the day since they fast from sunrise to sunset. At sunset, they all open and stay open late into the night.

We experienced true Moroccon cuisine; beef cous cous and chicken pastella. Both were amazing.

restaurantThe restaurant we ate at

Before actually seeing Morocco, the only way I could envision it was from what I had seen in movies. And let me tell you, it’s spot on. It’s exactly how I had envisioned it. I unfortunately didn’t take too many pictures in Tangier, but did take some with my phone.

Old buildings, small little markets, kids out in the streets playing soccer, the smells of saffron and curry in the air and fresh baked goods everywhere we looked.

10520749_10100128460755865_4228308240792597361_nLooking up at the backside of one of the neighborhoods of Tangier – not the actual Kasbah

Jamal even took us inside one of the little shops, where they were hand making mosaics for tables. Seeing that process has given me new respect for those mosaics. They were stunning, and each one was so unique. I wish I could have taken one home with me.

As we entered the Tangier Kasbah, you immediately felt as if you had been transported back in time. Everything was close together. The buildings were on top of the other. They had wells in the streets for washing, water, and pretty much whatever else they needed it for. Cats roamed all over. And these cats were tame. Not that we tried to play with them, but they were so used to people that they would just lay there and watch you walk by.

tangier kasbah 2The entrance to the Tangier Kasbah

But the first thing I noticed in Tangier? The smells. The smells changed whenever you turned down another alley. One smell could be curry. The next, baking baklava. Another, you’d get the whiff of raw sewage (hey, it’s an old city… what did you expect!). But for the most part, the smells made me hungry. I wanted to climb into their kitchens and join them for dinner. Thankfully, they were just prepping for their after-sunset meals otherwise, they may have found a new house guest.

As we ventured deeper into the Kasbah, the streets get tighter. And the more people are out on them. We witnessed many tailors working to create kaftans for the end of Ramadan celebrations in some of the most amazing colors I’ve ever seen. We nearly got fishlined by some of the threads and yarns as we walked down hill since they tie the materials to various things to help them from not getting tangled. I wish I had taken pictures of this, because it was certaintly a site I will never forget. It made me realize how much we take for granted our sewing machines and factories. These people were handmaking their clothing for celebration. And they were by far some of the prettiest pieces I have ever seen.

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After venturing around the Kasbah for awhile, Jamal took us into the Kasbah Museum, which was a former’s Sultan’s palace. We witnessed the room where they used to store the money and jewels, and the hand painted ceiling, 16th century jewelry, and other ancient artifacts, as well as the Sultan’s Garden that outshone any botanical garden I’ve ever seen.

Then it was off to the Medina where we were taken through the meat market, the fresh produce market, goat cheese market, slipper market, as well as the general market that had a little bit of everything. This was truly an experience to remember with aspects I’d rather forget. The general market that had a little bit of everything was exactly what you would envision. It was crowded. Cars were driving right down the middle of it. People were trying to get you to look at and buy everything they had.

Word of advice: If you say no, don’t look at their product. They will take that as a sign that you are interested.

Let’s just say, we ended up in the market at the hottest part of the day. Not only were we hot, but I was extremely overwhelmed, and got claustrophobic. I’ve never been in that much of a crowd in my life.

Next step was the meat market {the one thing I’d prefer to forget}. I’m not sticking with this for to long because… well… it was just not my thing. It’s exactly what you would think a fresh meat market would look like. Except when you turn the corner and suddenly you’re faced with camel, goat and sheep’s heads, as well as the other parts of the animal that no one really wants.

Let’s just say I almost passed out. A good mixture of the smell, the sight and the heat was to blame.

We got out of their fast and moved on to the fresh produce market. Much more my speed. Same with the goat cheese, which we learned they shape it by weaving a basket around it, and the slipper market which was a girl’s dream. Sure, there were slippers (flats) but also loads of handmade sandals too!

Before we headed off to the co-op where we would actually do some shopping, we stopped at an English church in the heart of Tangier. It was lovely, and also pretty cool to discover that one of the supporters of the Church was from Winthrop, MA! A little taste of home in Africa.

The co-op was three floors of some the most unbelievable Moroccan creations. One floor was all leather products, another was jewelry, vases, clocks, and wooden items and third was rugs. The shop was nice and cool, and no one else was there. We spent quite a bit of time venturing through and chatting with the shop-keepers, who were happy to help us with our purchases and answer any questions.

coopInside the Co-Op

Since we didn’t have any place to put a rug (even though I would have loved to come home with one), we settled for a handmade hassack (ottoman) for ourselves and a few other gifts for family.

On our way out of the Kasbah, Jamal took us to what they know as a ‘common bakery’. Essentially, it’s a small room, with a giant hole dug into the ground and someone cooking. But that place smelled AMAZING. I wanted devour everything they were baking. And the man was kind enough to let us take pictures.

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Before we knew it, our time was up in Morocco. Jamal brought us back to the ferry terminal where we went through passport control to exit the country, and boarded our ferry back to Spain.

After a 10-hour adventure through Morocco, that was unforgettable, amazing, beautiful and enlightening, we couldn’t have been more ready for an ice cold beverage on the ferry ride back.

Along with a few good laughs and amazing memories made with good friends.

Continent Hopping: A Day in Africa – Morocco…Part 2

Asilah, Morocco was beautiful. There really isn’t any other way to describe it. As we strolled through their Kasbah, we witnessed the sheer beauty of this old city. White buildings with teal doors, flowers growing everywhere, cobblestone streets, narrow alleys, and the colors that could be found painted on the buildings were unbelievable. A photographer’s dream.

Jamal led us through the windy, twisty roads all the way to the top, where climbed a set of steps, and suddenly was overlooking the ocean. Waves were crashing on the rocks below us, and this perfect little white-washed town was overlooking it all from a cliff.

So, instead of describing this lovely town, I’m going to just let you enjoy the sheer beauty of it through photos.

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And I’m throwing this one in there for good measure. Since there was actually a note to take a picture and Instagram it (and yes… I did.)

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To be continued… Up next- Adventures in the Tangier Kasbah and Market

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Continent Hopping: A Day in Africa – Morocco

It’s hard to believe that less than 24 hours after arriving in Europe (Spain), we hopped on a ferry and spent the day on another continent, Africa (Morocco). It was an experience that neither of us wanted to pass up and looking back, we’re are certainly glad we didn’t.

When people ask about what our favorite part our trip was, our answer (besides laying on a beach and spending time with friends), is Morocco. It’s pretty hard to describe the day. But I’m going to do my absolute best. I’m going to do it over the course of three parts, since there is a lot to cover, and a lot of images to share!

Onward.


We left the house around 6:30 AM Saturday morning to start our 1 ½ hour trek to Tarifa, where we would be picking up the ferry to head over to Morocco. The drive was stunning. The sun was rising, and filled the sky with orange, pinks and reds. It created this enviable backdrop against the rolling hills and endless fields of windmills. Even though I was jetlagged, and exhausted, pure adrenaline had me excited and in complete awe that I was about to board a boat that would take me to Africa. It blew my mind that we were that close for it to be considered a ‘day trip’.

sunrise 4This doesn’t even do the sunrise justice….

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As we drove the windy roads to Tarifa, we could already see the mountains of Africa off in the horizon. Unfortunately it was a bit hazy, but it certainly caused our excitement to grow. We were seriously thatclose to being on another continent.


Highlights from the ferry ride:

~ The beautiful view as we pulled out of port.

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~ My new little Moroccan friend. She was about 3, and continued to sit closer and closer to me until I smiled and said hi. She quickly smiled back and scurried back to her mom who met me with a pleasant smile as well.

~ A little boy absolutely hitting the deck when the horn went off announcing we were pulling out of port. He didn’t just fall. He hit.the.deck. I mean full out ‘Holy crap, something is going down’ hit the deck. We didn’t know if we should laugh or worry, but as soon as we saw his mother cracking up, we knew it was okay to laugh along with them. He just shrugged off as if he does this all the time.


Once we pulled in Tangier’s port, we disembarked and made our way to our tour guide, Jamal, who was waiting for us outside the ferry building.

Fun fact: We visited Morocco during Ramadan, which meant that we were 2 hours BEHIND Spain. This only happens during Ramadan. Normally, they are only one hour behind. So we may have left Spain at 9 AM, but we arrived in Morocco at 7:30 AM!

After introductions were made, we piled into Jamal’s van with his driver Mohammed, and began making our way around the city of Tangier. As we pulled out of the ferry’s parking lot, the old Tangier Kasbah sat above us, and I already knew this would be a country I was going to fall in love with.

photoTangier Kasbah from the ferry terminal.

First up, a driving tour of the city. He showed us all the important parts; the downtown area (including a spot where one of the Bourne movies was filmed), the Grand Mosque, California (the area where kings, princes, governors, mayors and so on live or have summer homes), as well as other gorgeous lookout points. We had lots of photo ops which none of us skipped out on knowing we probably would never be back.

10325224_10100125957931545_601402346883697605_nOur first stop, near the main downtown area

10306395_10100125959154095_4377642042587689969_nOne of the chase scenes in The Bourne Ultimatium was filmed here!

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After driving, we had our first ‘Let’s get out of the car and do something’ experience. And that experience was…. Riding camels.

Yes folks. This horseback rider rode a camel.

camelA good view of the saddle… plus check out those adorable babies in the background.

Let me just tell you… I was scared out of my mind, and yet so excited at the same time. I ended up with the camel that just wanted to lay down the entire time. And she let everyone know by making whatever noise camels make, constantly. Seriously.

Whenever we stopped for pictures, Sabrina decided it was also her chance to lay back down.

{Side note: If she has succeeded, not only would it have been hilarious because I would have rolled off a camel, but she probably would have forced the other camels to lay down too since we were all tied together… just saying.}

After riding around for about 5-10 minutes, we climbed off {definitely not gracefully in my case}, and took some photos. Hence, the camel selfie.

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How was riding a camel you ask?

Completely awkward and uncomfortable, and very amusing. They have saddles on that kind of sit up on their humps, so you sink into it and it has a spot to hold to on the front (like a Western saddle). However, when they get moving, I have never felt something so strange in my life. I held on for dear life, and went full horseback rider on this camel.

But… I can now say I rode a camel. Check that off the bucket list.

camel 2Hanging out with my camel… Sabrina.

After walking…er… hobbling back to the van, we started our journey to the seaside town of Asilah. We had about an hour drive, and we went right down the coast. The drive was beautiful and really allowed us to see Morocco. We also all took this opportunity to fit in a quick nap. Since we were exhausted from riding camels and all.

To be continued. Next up – Asilah.

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Spain In A Nutshell.

It’s been just over a week since we came from home from the trip of a lifetime. Last week was a blur (think unpacking, serious grocery shopping, and recovering from some serious jet lag), but it was completely and utterly worth it.

From riding camels overlooking the ocean in Morocco, to traveling back in time as we were guided through the old streets of the Tangier Kasbah and Medina, to witnessing a taxi protest in Seville and getting a bird’s eye view of the city, and spending numerous perfect days on a Spanish beach just enjoying the sun, it was definitely a vacation to remember.

Over the next week or so, I’ll be posting about our adventures. Our three major day trips during the trip were to Tangier and Asilah, Morocco, Seville and Vejer de la Frontera. Each of those days will have their own posts, since they all have some great stories stemming from it. Other than that, we pretty much laid on a beach, ate a lot of good food and drank a lot of sangria.

Stay tuned as I recount an adventure of a lifetime…. and I hope you enjoy reading and seeing as much I did taking it all in.

I’ll be missing for about 10 days….

But only because I will be in Spain visit my best friend and her husband :)

Having said that, I have some great guest posts lined up for y’all, and some other fun little posts ready to go too. So I may be gone, but the blog won’t be.

I’m hoping to check in a couple of times from Spain as well (we’ll have internet).

In the meantime, if you want to follow what’s happening with our trip, make sure to follow my Instagram account @erynecarter to see everything that’s happening.

Toodle-loo!

XO

Eryn

40 Days Until Spain – The Countdown is On

Monday again! Seriously, is it just me or do the weekend fly by? It’s like one minute it’s Friday and suddenly, BAM, Monday morning.

However, this Monday starts a whole slew of fantastic things for me! In just under 40 days, I’ll be heading to Spain to visit my best friend and her husband, with my other half. Of course, that means I have 40 days to get myself in as good as shape as I possibly can.

Yes. I know. 40 days isn’t much time, and I’m not expecting miracles. I know I’m not going to lose 50 lbs in 40 days. I know that. But what I can do in that time frame is work out as hard as I can, eat as clean as possible and stay active. And whatever successfully comes off, both inches and weight, will be good news in my book.

Yep. We’ve had this trip booked since January, and planning it since probably November. Yep, I’ve had that long to get myself in shape. And no, I have not been sitting idly by, and just saying I need to do this. Since January, I’ve been focused on eating well and exercising. However, I’ve not been as devoted to either as I should have. What I’ve learned is that eating well and exercising 4 days out of the week, and then gorging myself on whatever 3 days of the week, completely counteracts all the good that went down during the week. So yes, I’ve been working at all of this well before today. But I have no one to blame but myself for the lack of results.

Having said that, our living room has now been re-made into a home gym of sorts. The other half starts back on Insanity, while I have a stability ball and a foam roller hanging out. I’m doing my Couch to 5K in the AM or at lunch, along with a workout plan created by Molly at In a Nutshell Nutrition. I’m focusing on low-carb, limited dairy (VERY limited dairy), and lots of good fats, protein, fruits and veggies. We did our measurements last night and will be measuring each Sunday to track our progress. And I will keep y’all updated.

On that note, this weekend was very relaxing. Friday night, we went to our local Elks club with my parents for a Joker’s Wild raffle. The pot is up to $7,000 and we totally want to win that! Saturday, I spent my morning at the barn (until about 2 PM) where I had the last of the High Tail Acres Mini Sessions. By afternoon, all I wanted to do was curl up and read my book. Which I did, by our campfire. I finished ‘Into the Darkest Corner’ and if you haven’t checked it out yet, you need too. It’s really good! Sunday, we went out to breakfast at The Hollow Cafe in Amesbury (Mediterranean Omelet! Yummmm!), ran some errands and then kicked around the rest of the afternoon. I even cleaned out my closet and drawers! Yay for spring cleaning.

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Driving home from the Elks

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Now it’s back for a busy week…. but thankfully, the spring weather is finally here! Today actually feels like summer! Hope y’all had a good weekend!

An Annapolis Weekend

And I’m back after a very wonderful, lovely, celebratory, hectic weekend. I’m exhausted (in a good way!) and so thrilled that my best friend is now a happily married woman to a wonderful man!

I’ll post a menagerie of photos from the weekend shortly. But first, a quick list of what’s happening.

  1. Foot – Good news: Doctor told me I can start trying to wean myself off the boot starting today! Bad news: I did something to it while at the wedding (perhaps it was the ‘Cupid Shuffle’ or ‘Cotton Eyed Joe’ that did it). I opted to not wear the boot on Saturday. It felt okay, but I made the mistake of doing a bit of dancing. Oh well. Keep it on for a few more days or week and then starting trying to wean myself away from it!

  2. Exercise – Since I’m still in the boot, and pretty much going crazy, I’ve been cleared to do exercise that will not put stress on my foot (aka Upper Body). BUT the doctor did clear me to do pilates as long as I’m careful. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to start exercising again in my life.

  3. Food – I have legit ate nothing but comfort food and junk since my injury. And I’m talking a lot of pizza, a lot of beer and a lot of yummy things. Fast forward 4 weeks, and I gained back a few of the pounds I worked so hard at losing. Thankfully, I need a serious detox after this weekend, so it’s back to eating super clean and healthy again. My body is already thanking me! I’m actually excited to go grocery shopping tonight so I can clean all the junk out of my house.

  4. Annapolis – And finally, Annapolis. Let’s just say this weekend was great. Starting with the rehearsal at the Naval Academy Chapel.

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Next was the Rehearsal Dinner right on the water at Mike’s Crab House. It was my first time eating Maryland crab and it was so much fun breaking it open with a mallet! I was pretty excited to see a mallet included with my utensils :).

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The next morning, it was off to the salon bright and early for hair and makeup. Followed by getting the bride ready. And then to the big event…. the wedding. Complete with the bride and groom leaving the church under an arch of swords. It was stunning! And then off to the reception we went. We had a great night and it was fun celebrating the happy couple!

On Sunday, we did a bit of site-seeing and relaxing. The fiance and I spent much of the afternoon at the Irish Bar next to the hotel, Fado, where we hung out with the locals and watched the game. I even got to drink my beer out of a mason jar!

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We left yesterday and headed back home. I had to take a picture of the rental car before we left because we ended up going all the way to Maryland to get a rental car with a MA license plate!

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And that my friends is my Annapolis round up!

Until next time….

A weekend away.

Hi everyone! Sometimes I forget I run a blog. Clearly the last week has been one of those times. Here is a rundown of the last week and why I went MIA.

  1. Work has been crazy. Good crazy though
  2. It snowed again this week, which led to two missed mornings at the gym. Which completely threw me off track,
  3. I travelled to Washington, DC this weekend, which meant serious laundry and packing Wednesday and Thursday night.

I love Washington, DC. I went for the first time about three years ago with Nick (our first vacation together!) and loved everything about the city. My best friend moved down there for graduate school about 5 years ago and has been there ever since. This weekend was just a girls weekend. She’s in the process of planning her wedding so I headed south for a bit of R&R and to see where her wedding will be!

DC!

Let’s just say I didn’t think twice about what I consumed the entire weekend. I was surrounded by delicious food and I took advantage of it. Friday night, after traveling much of the day, I was ready for a few drinks and dinner. Yuengling was on top at her favorite place and I indulged. I can only get Yuengling when I head south so I totally enjoyed!

After spending some time at The Ugly Mug, off to Matchbox we went for dinner. Chicken Pesto Pizza and their house special French Onion Soup was on tap that night!

Saturday morning, we got up and while she got ready, I took her adorable dog Amos for a walk around the block. Felt good to get up and move. It was so peaceful and her Capitol Hill neighborhood is absolutely gorgeous.

Once I returned, we headed off to Pound for their amazing breakfast sandwiches and coffee. I was also exposed for the first time to the art of creating designs in lattes.

After devouring breakfast, off to Annapolis we went, where she will be getting married in October. She gave me the grand tour of the Naval Academy, including the chapel and Officers Club where the wedding and reception will be. I was blown away by the size and beauty of everything. It was just stunning!

The Wright Brothers plane
Inside the Naval Academy chapel
The chandeliers in the Officers Club

After doing a bit of shopping, we enjoyed lunch at The Dock Street Pub where we sat outside and got some sun. I enjoyed another Yuengling, a bowl of Crab Chowder and a Grilled Tuna Caeser Salad (amazing!). Annapolis was stunning and I can’t wait to be back there in October!

After going to be super early on Saturday night, we got up Sunday AM and decided to take a nice long walk before meeting up with some people for brunch. I decided to give my CharityMiles app a try and since we were in DC, we chose the Wounded Warriors project. Despite it being a bit chilly, the walk was beautiful and I really enjoyed walking in a different location.

Loved this walking view.
Not too shabby!

My trip concluded with brunch at Tunnicliffs Tavern where I tried the most DELICIOUS and SINFUL breakfast I have ever tasted. The Farmers Omelette. An omelette filled with mashed potatoes, bacon and cheese and topped with sour cream. HOLY. MOTHER. OF. GOD. My favorite things combined into one delectable breakfast. Totally a heart attack waiting to happen.

Needless to say, with the amount of things I indulged in this weekend, I was sure glad we were constantly moving and walking. My scale wasn’t angry at me this morning and that made me happy! Back to normal eating habits again today.

At least, all of my cravings have been fulfilled!