How do you say goodbye to your hometown?

christmas tree at reston town center pavilion virginia

Six years ago, Chris and I left Africa and returned to the US. In just one short month, we lived in a hotel, got married, bought a house, got a job (Deah), and got deployment orders for nine months (Chris). It was a crazy month, and in that time, we found ourselves living in Reston, Virginia- which turned out to be our home for the next few years.

Reston has a very interesting history. It was one of the original Continue reading “How do you say goodbye to your hometown?”

Three Unique Wineries in Northern Virginia

Wine Glass Two Types Of Wine Grapes White Bottle

There are many, many wineries in the state of Virginia. So many, in fact, that the state is divided into nine wine regions (not to mention nearby West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania,and North Carolina, which all also have tons of wineries). Zeroing in on just the Northern Virginia region, where I currently live, there are 88 wineries officially listed Continue reading “Three Unique Wineries in Northern Virginia”

A Day in DC: Embassy Row, the National Cathedral and Georgetown

washington dc georgetown

My friend Kelly came into town, and on one of the days I took her to see an area of DC I hadn’t spent enough time in: the northern part, which features Embassy Row, the National Cathedral, and Georgetown.

Embassy Row

Since we were in a car, it was easy enough for us to just slowly drive around the Kalorama neighborhood, near Massachusetts Avenue and Sheridan Circle. You could also take a Zip car- I noticed quite a few Zip cars in the area, and there were Capital Bike docks nearby as well, so a bike ride in nice weather would be a lovely way to see the embassies. DC has more than 175 foreign embassies, residences, and diplomatic missions, so don’t expect to see them all. But focusing on Massachusetts Avenue and nearby streets should let you see close to 30 of them, including Philippines, Portugal, Togo, Luxembourg, Ireland, Cyprus, Latvia, and Japan. My favorite is the imposing Kazakhstan Continue reading “A Day in DC: Embassy Row, the National Cathedral and Georgetown”

Day in DC: the Botanic Gardens, the National Geographic Museum, and Arlington National Cemetery

Library of Congress

Every time friends come in to town, my DC bucketlist seems to get longer, not shorter. It seems like DC is constantly adding museums, and of course even the museums I have been to change their exhibits quite frequently, warranting a return trip. So this week I found Continue reading “Day in DC: the Botanic Gardens, the National Geographic Museum, and Arlington National Cemetery”

Cuban Burgers, Craft Beers, and a Cabin: A weekend in Shenandoah Valley

cup of coffee with trees reflected

In September, I started feeling a little landlocked, so I booked several local trips: (this one to Outer Banks) and also two nights in a cabin in the Shenandoah Valley for the weekend after Thanksgiving. I figured a couple of nights of peace and Continue reading “Cuban Burgers, Craft Beers, and a Cabin: A weekend in Shenandoah Valley”