The Hunt Begins.

So much to DOOOO!  This is going to have to be a quick one.  Our day started and ended in airports – starting with Charlotte for a 6am flight to DC!  We were up at 3am and feeling a little groggy  – good thing I was able to sleep from the minute I sat down in the plain. 

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Once we got to the city, we headed to our hotel to drop our bags off, and then set out to explore all day long.  We stopped in Caribou Coffee for breakfast and to check in with email, work, etc…

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Has anyone else tried Caribou’s oatmeal?  The oats themselves were actually really good (I got the 9 grain), but they added a weird jelly-type topping that kind of freaked me out.  I was expecting either dried fruit or fresh fruit, but not jellied fruit!

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Bald is beautiful.  :)

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After walking around the North Arlington area for a while, we were starving for lunch, so we stopped into Whole Foods to take advantage of their awesome salad bar. 

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I love Whole Foods!  (Sorry Earth Fare)

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Fueled on food, we set off and did a TON of walking.  We walked aaaaall over the North Arlington area looking for places to rent, and ultimately decided that it was too hard to do on foot.  We’re planning to head back up there today in a car to be more efficient.  We walked at least ten miles in Arlington along, and my feet were killing me!

Favorite thing about potentially living in a big city – public transportation! 

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We definitely got our money’s worth for our Metro one-day pass!

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Mid-day we headed down to Alexandria for a house showing appointment.  We were starving again from all the walking we were doing, so I ran into a nearby Trader Joe’s and picked up a hummus wrap for us to share.  Also needed a giant coffee, since the early morning was starting to catch up with me. 

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Perfect mid-day snack for refueling – yum!

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Old Town Alexandria was adooooooooorable!  We saw a really cute place that was literally STEPS away from this beautiful park on the water. 

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Such cute houses and a really nice area.

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Unfortunately, the place we saw backed up to a kind of sketch neighborhood, and was waaaaay too far away from the Metro to be realistically walkable, so I think we’ve ruled it out.  But I can’t wait to come back to Old Town to go out to eat and shop!

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The King Street area reminds me of New Orleans – love it! 

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Tragedy of
the day – within just a few hours of starting our walking tour of the city, the strap on my new Anthropologie purse BROKE!  So I spent most of the day carrying my big heavy purse around by hand – NOT fun.  Definitely marching into Anthro when I get home to demand a replacement. 

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Instead of freaking out about it though, I rallied and replaced it with a $2.99 Trader Joe’s tote.  Make it work, right?

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After house showing #2 (not good), we met my friend Blake for dinner at the Busboys and Poets up at U Street.  I got a delicious avocado panini…

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And a big pile of the most delicious sweet potato fries I’ve ever tasted.

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Love having friends in this city already!!

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At 11pm, our day ended back at the airport, where we picked up my little sister Sarah – flying in for the weekend to keep me sane and help us find a home!  While we waited, I couldn’t resist the lure of a Dunkin Donut donut hole.  I figured with all my walking, I had earned it.  :)

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Now the three of us are off on another long day of exploring.  No luck on finding a place just yet.  :(  We just need ONE good option though, so I’m trying to remind myself of that.  Ten million thanks to the reader who sent me to Padmapper – what a life saver!!

And we’re off…!