Off To A Good Start

2022 Sign in Panama City, Panama
2022 Sign in Panama City, Panama

I always try to start the New Year with a flight. It's said," how you start the year is a good indication of how it will turn out." The past two years have taught me I don't have the final say in travel (covid does) but, I will do as much as possible regardless.

Trip number 1 was a short flight to Washington DC. There were no plans, just a short trip to get the engine started. DC was amazing. It's my second visit in as many years and the first in the winter. I am not a fan of the cold, but I managed.

Day 1

Put that Marriot Bonvoy Elite status to use early at the Marriot Metro Center. The hotel was in a great location, and they had the best staff. (Hi Neville) Although check-in was at 4:00 PM, I snagged an early check-in and got a head start.

I stopped for a quick bite at China Chilcano before heading to the National Air and Space Museum. I spent roughly two hours at the museum before taking a short walk to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. (FYI: I got kicked out) I spent five hours at the museum and still felt it wasn't enough.

I learned a lot on that trip and would love to return and maybe stay a day at the museum. If you're in DC, buy these tickets first and plan your visit around the museum as tickets sell out fast. I think it's the hottest ticket in the city.

Dinner that night was courtesy of Nuvegan cafe. After the Bulls and Wizards game, I disbursed through the crown and had a few drinks at Jackpot.

Day 2

The day went by quickly. First, I slept in and then utilized the Starbucks in the lobby for breakfast. (No room service due to covid) Then I stopped by Oyamel for brunch. I tasted half of the menu before being rolled out to my hotel.

Then it was off to the airport to return to NYC. A complimentary stop at the Delta lounge is a must. (Thank you Amex) Then it was off to the races. I had the most turbulent flight ever but, I'll share that story another day. All in all, it's good to be back in the skies.

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