Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Happy Holidays [a little late] and Happy New Year! I hope all of you enjoyed the holiday season and your vacation time. I know I definitely have enjoyed vacation and spending time with friends and family! Over break I have been volunteering at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, planning for my medical mission trip to Honduras, visiting friends, and even taking a break to watch some shows on Netflix. All the activities have kept me pretty busy and made break fly by, but I had a great first break to complete a wonderful first semester of college.
Over break my friends, Ciceli and Lauren, and I took a “Road Trip” to visit our friend, Mylan, in NoVA, which stands for Northern Virginia as some of you may know or will learn if you attend UVA. Lauren, Ciceli, and I started our trip in Richmond and worked our way towards NoVA. Of course, along the way the gas tank light came on, so we stopped to get gas and grab lunch. Now, you might think with three college students/licensed drivers that we might be able to efficiently and properly fill up a gas tank, unfortunately my friend’s SUV decided to stop filling up at about 6.5 gallons and the gas needle was now stuck on ZERO. However, we didn’t let this little mishap slow us down, rather we continued on our Adventure to find lunch and maybe a Mercedes dealership. We stopped at a place called the JukeBox Diner before continuing to Mylan’s house.
Ciceli and I at the JukeBox Diner!
After lunch we continued on our trip and finally made it to Mylan’s! We were so excited to see Mylan, even though it had only been about two and half weeks since we’d departed from Gooch [my residence hall] at UVA. We went to Washington, D.C. that night to see the Christmas Tree, the monuments and memorials, and the White House [my hope was to meet Mr. President]. Ciceli, Lauren, and I had never been to D.C. at night or during the holidays, so it was pretty exciting to see all the buildings lit with holiday lights.
Mylan and Lauren on the Metro to D.C.
Washington, D.C. Christmas Tree!
We even went to see the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, which we rather enjoyed considering we go to
"Mr. Jefferson's University."
From Left to Right: Myself, Mylan, Ciceli, and Mr. Jefferson
Touring D.C. was nice, but I have to admit I was pretty excited to have a weekend filled with shopping. [Yes, I might have forgotten to mention that the point of the trip was to go shopping at Tyson’s Corner and in Georgetown.] On Saturday we went to Tyson’s Mall and literally almost shopped until we dropped – it was great! However, shopping on Saturday was not enough so we continued to shop on Sunday in Georgetown. We went into almost every store we passed, tried on tons of clothes, and all-in-all had a great time talking about school and all the things we can’t wait to get back to after break. Of course, after another long day of shopping, chatting, and giggling, we decided to reward ourselves with cupcakes at none other than [no, not Georgetown Cupcakes!] Baked and Wired. Baked and Wired was a cupcake place recommended to us by a Georgetown student, and they were delicious! We selected a variety of cupcakes, but we agreed one of the best had to be the Pretty Bitchin’ Cupcake [yes, that is actually the name].
Saks Fifth Avenue at Tyson's Galleria
Baked and Wired Cupcakes
I had a great time visiting my friends and our trip just reinforced how glad I am that I chose to attend UVA. UVA is where I met Mylan, Ciceli, and Lauren, and many other friends that I can’t imagine surviving college without.
P.S. I wish all of you the best of luck on your college application decisions that will be arriving over the next few months [I know it can sometimes be stressful]!
Posted by Lauren Russell at 8:42 AM