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Travel Diary: 24 Hours in Washington, DC

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Travel Diary: 24 Hours in Washington, DC

I really can't believe it's December! 2016 literally flew by, it's crazy. Last year I had travel on my 2016 list of goals and I've been super blessed to travel tons this year. I've been to New Orleans, LA, Budapest, Nassau, Chicago, Nashville, and so many other amazing places. It's so amazing when you get to do exactly what you love for a living. Well, a little over a month ago I traveled to Washington, DC. My best friend hit me up and told me he was speaking at the White House and he wanted little ole me to be his plus one. I mean so you know what I did right? Flights were crazy expensive so I booked a Mega Bus ticket and took my talents to D.C. for 24 hours. 

Trell and I were able to get soooo much in during our 24-hour stay. After getting in late and crashing. Our first stop, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. We all know how hard it has been to get tickets for this amazing museum but we did it. And let me tell you guys, it's AH-MAZING! I went in proud to be a black woman and I left even prouder. Everyone should experience this museum. 


It was so much to see, so much we didn't see. We must go back. This museum filled with so wisdom, knowledge, and culture. It's one of my favorite places and I can't wait to share this experience with my family and more friends. I will go as many times as I can that's how awesome it is. 

Of course, we worked up an appetite and headed to go grab some food from Georgia Brown's. THIS PLACE, OMG. Trell talked it up and I promise it was all that and more. The food was ummm ummm good! We ordered like everything, that's how hungry we were, lol. 


Next up, Michelle and Barack's house. I was so excited because this was on Trell's list of goals and GOD made it happen. We were going to be inside the White House, not for a regular tour visit but for an event and Trell was actually on the panel. How cool is that? My best friend is one super cool guy. Love him to death. 

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After tons of walking and security, we were finally inside! 


Trell was on an amazing panel with some awesome men and one hardworking woman. I've been following Nadia Lopez ever since one of her students was featured on Human's of New York so it was great to get her perspective on certain topics. The panel had an amazing discussion on STEM, STEAM, & Entrepreneurship and I think the young men in the audience and the three young men on the previous panel learned so much from this group of intelligent individuals. I was so glad I was able to support my best friend and cheer him on. 

From Camden, SC to the White House! 


We really didn't have time to do much else because I had a bus to catch 11pm that night. This trip was so inspiring and uplifting. It was exactly what I needed during that time. 

Share some of your favorite spots in Washington, DC below. Have you ever been to the White House? Is the National National Museum of African American History and Culture on your list of things to do? 


Melissa Chanel