Most trips back home for me are filled with going to colorado to visit my brothers, or a week at our holiday house for a family reunion - and very few days at home. And home is what I crave.
Our trip back to the US was planned as soon as we realised we wanted a September wedding. I had two main goals for the trip: I wanted to have our wedding on my parents farm (check!) and I wanted to spend three weeks at home on the farm (major fail).
This started to go awry when we invited some Aussie friends to our wedding and then to my grandparents' holiday house - and although they didn't end up making it to the wedding/the US, we somehow still went to the holiday house.
The plan went further afield when a work conference popped up during the 3 weeks I'd be in the US, in DC. It's something my employers couldn't afford to send me to normally, but since I was already in the US - it was perfect. So I went.
Inspector Climate was pretty excited, he's never been to DC and he was excited to go the American History Museum and other museums to learn more about America. Fair enough I guess.
I have some friends in DC who I haven't seen in awhile (some YEARS - like 6, and some just a year, and others I'd never met before (blog friends!)) and I was excited to meet up with them, but I dreaded leaving NH.
We stopped on our drive down to the airport to have a meeting with an immigration lawyer in the US just to see if there was anything we should be doing to help Inspector Climate get a Visa. The short answer is...no. Green cards are very different than permanent residency in Australia - who knew! A green card is considered 'abandoned' if you leave the US for more than six months at a time. So, clearly getting one while we live in Australia isn't really worth it!
Anyway, so we spent four days in DC: this is what it looked like.
On our first day there, we walked down to the mall to check out some of the memorials:
What's up Lincoln?
Checking out the new Martin Luther King Memorial - love.
The memorial has heaps of quotes from MLK, and this was my favourite: "I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits"
And this was Inspector Climate's: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."
The view from the World War II memorial.
From the balcony of the Newseum looking out towards the capital building.
I met up with each of my three friends in DC separately - and when I asked them where they thought we should eat they all said "Founding Farmers, I haven't been but I've heard it's GREAT." We ate their twice once with my college roommate (the one that didn't pee on the floor) for dinner (Inspector Climate ate fried chicken on waffles!) and once for Brunch with Rachel from Diary of Why (which was amazing! I loved meeting one of my oldest blogging friends for the first time. Rachel is a delight - and you should probably be reading her blog).
To be fair, Founding Farmers is apparently quite hip AND right up Inspector Climate and my alley - it's organically and locally sourced food!
But despite seeing and reconnecting with old friends, the highlight of the trip happened when we were standing in line at security at the airport. The woman was checking people's passports/ids and when she saw mine she BURST out laughing.
"That" she said, "is hilarious. I'm not going to show anyone your picture, but I've been doing this for 10 years, and I've never seen such a funny image."
And if that is not a claim to fame, I'm not sure what is!
Oh, so you want to see this photo you say?
Ok, I'm a giver...