We are back from our five-day trip to DC. Our mission was to get a feel for our soon-to-be new city and finalize as many big decisions as possible to make our August arrival a smooth one. It was a very productive trip (hey jet-lag, you're good for something!) and it confirmed our excitement about our move.
1. W E R E N T E D A H O U S E sight unseen! Never in a million years would I have thought to be comfortable making this sort of decision. But after months of looking online at rental properties available in our desired neighborhoods, I immediately knew this was the one! It fulfilled our top two requirements (walking distance to a metro stop and within our budget). I knew if we waited until we were in DC to visit it, the house would no longer be available. So with the help of our realtor and my sister, Marisa, who visited it before we arrived, we applied to rent the house and were accepted.
If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know we didn't get to visit the house while in DC. But we did walk in front of it a few times. We are really happy to have the housing situation decided. Of course, I can't wait to get in there and start decorating!
2. T E S T E D T H E M E T R O Decidedly the DC metro is not as big as Paris or NYC but it does have three more lines than the Toulouse metro. Currently we live walking distance to the Minimes metro station. We are fans of public transportation and hope that by living near a metro stop we will stick to having one car instead of two.
3. T H I E R R Y ' S O F F I C E Thierry will be traveling for his job, so we joke that Reagan National Airport is his new office. He will get there on metro so we tested his commute. He'll have one easy line change and his metro stop is right in the airport next to the gates he will be accessing for his trips. Suwheet.
4. N E W S C H O O L Andrea and Maximiliano will be in the same school but on different campuses for the first year. Another change is they will ride the bus to school. Meeting the principal and part of the staff, visiting the classrooms and having the bus pick-up in place is reassuring.
5. J E T - L A G E Q U A L S P R O D U C T I V I T Y 5am is as good a time as any to answer e-mail, fill out paperwork and review the endless list of "to dos" related to our move. By 6am we are eating breakfast and by 7 we are out the door.
6. T H E R E ' S L O T S T O S E E Besides driving through different neighborhoods we didn't do much sightseeing. We figure there will be so many opportunities to visit DC with all three kids in tow. Photo : Waterfront park, Old Town Alexandria.
7. O L D T O W N A L E X A N D R I A We went to dinner at Overwood with my sister, Marisa, and her husband, Tio Jason. Then we walked to a near by park, people-watched and let Lucien stretch his legs.
8. M E E T I N G F A M I L Y That's Lucien with my nephew Patrick. I was in DC the day he was born 13 years ago. It was fun to introduce Lucien to everyone, especially since he always in a good mood despite the fact he spent a lot of time confined to a stroller or car seat. The absolute best part of moving to DC is that we will be close to my two oldest sisters and their families.
The trip was a total success! I am very thankful Thierry worked hard to be a part of the new project that is taking our family to DC. We are back in Toulouse and the movers arrive on Monday! Trying to stay focused on having everything ready for a stress-free week next week. Wish me luck!