After a very short stopover in Charlotte, NC, to meet friends for lunch, Dan and I flew to Washington DC where our vacation was kind of put on hold while he met with ABA and State Department. As we were leaving for this March vacation, the State Department asked Dan if he would teach in Montenegro during the first week of April. He agreed. Then, just before arriving in Washington DC, the ABA sent Dan an email asking him if he would go to Ukraine from Montenegro. In DC, we bargained the Ukraine reporting date down to April 28, and we decided that Dan will go to Montenegro without me. In between business meetings, we caught up with friends and walked around Washington. We stayed at the AKA White House and loved it.
Our first day in DC, we picked up the box of winter clothing that we sent at the start of our vacation and mailed our summer stuff back home. It was really cold in DC, and the cherry blossoms were shut tight.
We met our friend Nini for dinner in Georgetown. We met Nini in Georgia when she was the finance officer for ABA while Dan worked there. She came to DC to continue her education at Johns Hopkins and now has a Visa to work in DC.
Tara, Dan's daughter drove up to DC to spend one day with us. She took us sightseeing and we ended the day with the enjoyable play, "Mary T and Lizzy K" at the Arena Stage. It is a play about Mary Todd Lincoln and her dressmaker, a freed slave, named Elizabeth Keckly.
On the weekend, we had a chance to spend time with Rana. Rana is one of Dan's former students from his mediation courses in Cairo, Egypt. She is pursuing her Masters Degree at the International Relations department of American University in DC. Together we toured to the fascinating Museum of Crime and Punishment. Ringling Bros & Barnum & Bailey Circus was in town so we braved the PETA protestors and enjoyed ourselves. This is not the circus of my childhood. It was amazing.
Me, Rana, Dan
Next stop: New York City