This is a story about how a Wikipedia search about Norwegian flags turned into a trip to Washington DC. Ready? Okay!
It was a cold Thursday in NYC. Actually, it wasn’t that cold. I had just had a facial at Bergdorf’s by Lancôme, followed by an excellent lunch at Good Dish with Monica. We later went to Zara as Monica needed a new scarf. Being cold and loaded with time, we decided to get coffee at Rockefeller. I ended up having tea from Starbucks and we sat conveniently with a view of the rink.
For those of you who have been to or seen the rink at Rockefeller Center, you are aware of the several flags surrounding the rink at street level. As we were looking at the flags, Monica asked me why the Scandinavian flags all looked similar. I thought I had an explanation, but I really didn’t so I had to ask a close friend, Wikipedia about the history of the Scandinavian flags. One article led to the other and suddenly we were talking about the American flag and how it is portrayed everywhere in the US. Then we started asking ourselves if it would be more frequently in sight in Washington DC compared to the other states. And there it began; the planning of a trip to the capital.
Friday came too soon as I was already in the shower at 5 AM. We had a bus to reach at 7 on the other side of the island of Manhattan. Rapidly, I made several sandwiches that should last throughout the day (completely unnecessary) and tried to get my exhausted body to move faster than I had done in several weeks. At 6 we were already on our way to the bus terminal.
The bus ride was somewhat comfortable, especially because I got to see the sun rise over the Manhattan skyline (Monica was asleep). It was the most delightful sight! And a few hours later, we were in Obama’s current residential area.
We arrived at Union Station and walked towards The Capitol. There was no one there and we got to have brunch with the most magnificent view. We later walked along the entire National Mall and were being classy tourists from The City; wearing all dark colors and big sunglasses, strutting like no others.
After realising that we had passed The White House and several Norwegians, we decided to walk inn to Georgetown. And so we did.
Lunch was served at Serendipity 3 where I remembered having an excellent omelette with my girls from Gateway college fall 2012. Dessert was of course indulged at Georgetown Cupcake. After having overeaten and feeling like a nap, we decided to walk all the way back to see the White House, despite the hurting feet. And that 20 minute walk suddenly turned in to an extremely long walk from Georgetown Cupcake to Union Station.
We arrived in NYC around midnight and I can sure say that I have not been that exhausted in a long time. That night, I finally slept like a rock.