This past weekend proved to be fun, a bit active and ended on an almost too relaxing note (I got nothing done Sunday, instead I binged Netflix and napped… this is what happens if I think I can get through the day without caffeine).
The activity of the weekend was most definitely the highlight: Afternoon tea at the Willard Continental Hotel in Washington, D.C. This is something my Mom has wanted to check off her list for awhile, and we finally got together with some friends and made it happen. While everyone else was off at breweries and vineyards, we were enjoying some of the finer things in life: tea, scones, sandwiches and miniature desserts all while listening to a live, talented and well humored harpist (At one point she played the Game of Thrones theme song and my sister and I just about died).
As an alcohol appreciator but an absolutely terrible day drinker, it was nice to have a social meal that left me feeling ready for the Saturday night ahead, instead of falling asleep at 7 p.m. The focus was great friends, in a beautiful setting, enjoying fantastic food and tea (Earl Grey is always the way to go). In a world where restaurants and bars aim to turn tables and everything can be delivered to your house, it was great to sit and socialize at slower pace. There was no pressure to wrap it up and get out so they could seat more people and the staff took their time taking us on our tea adventure. We ended up staying for almost 3 hours and enjoyed it so much we decided to make it a bi-monthly activity. I’m already looking forward to April and another afternoon of tea-light.
There’s nothing like DC after it’s been completely transformed in preparation for the holidays, although I think everything looks better with Christmas lights and evergreens. Living so close to DC you’d think I’d be taking advantage of all the things it has to offer every weekend… Anyone who’s had to battle DC traffic will tell you that for natives, it’s just not appealing most of the time. However, for the holidays it’s definitely worth the hassle.
This past weekend I spent the day in the city visiting art museums, seeing the National Christmas Trees and seeing Camerata (a men’s chorus) sing some fantastic and goose-bump inspiring holiday music. All in all it was the perfect, festive Saturday.
Probably the best part of the day was a piece of art I saw, it was a video installation by Ragnar Kjartansson at the Hirshhorn. There were multiple screens showing life sized musicians, playing instruments and singing in unison in separate rooms of an old mansion. It’s hard to describe the comfort and peace you felt while watching them in a dark room with a bunch of strangers. I could’ve laid on the floor and watched it all day and appreciate the connection I felt with the art and those who were also captivated by the melancholy tune. Here’s a clip that definitely doesn’t do it justice.
Although it’s a pain in the ass to get into DC and find parking (I used spothub and found all day parking for $10 which made all the difference), it’s nice to appreciate the city I’ve grown to under appreciate. It was a great way to kick of this holiday season instead of sitting in bed watching Christmas movies on Netflix… which will probably end up happening anyway.