Yesterday I returned from a trip to D.C. I flew in on Saturday for my Best Friend's Trip 2013, which my best friend (hence the title) Antoine and I do each year. We chose D.C. to catch the highly anticipated Mrs. Carter Tour starring Beyoncé. Neither of us had seen her prior and decided the trip would kill two birds with one stone. Although we both frequent live performances, our distance and schedules never permit us to see any major concerts together and we could finally settle on a trip destination for 2013. A win-win situation.
The plan was set. Concert and plane tickets were purchased. What I realized was, unlike previous trips from years prior, this vacation did not involve us "kickin' it" hard. There was no club-hopping. Instead we caught a great happy hour at a tapas restaurant. Where previously we may have chugged tequila and vodka drinks, we opted instead for pitchers of sangria with co-workers and new friends. In the past I would have stressed a shopping excursion. This year, our days were spent visiting the recently erected Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial and the Rosa Parks statue located in Statuary Hall in the Capitol. We did not wear our feet out dancing all night. The soreness came from walking from the Smithsonian's African Art and American History museums to the National Archives building where we viewed everything from Michelle Obama's first inauguration ball gown to the original Constitution. We both ended up seeing Beyonce separately prior to our trip and were not dying to see the show again. So on our last night, we sold our concert tickets on Craig's List and bought $4 lawn seats at Vienna, Virginia's Wolf Trap National Park for Performing Arts to see the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.
The trip, as always was a success. We spent less money than usual (neither spending more that $200) and agreed we both had an amazing time. You can map our maturity through our trips and vacations. They have become less about getting 'tow up' and more about bonding, relaxing, getting away and learning. Yes, things have definitely changed!