10 days with Kaffee: fabulous time

my best friend from China Kaffee came to visit us for 10 days and we had a blast together. Sofia was particularly happy to “adopt a new baby” because she treats Kaffee as if she was her baby, she’d take her to class before she goes to work, then would make dinner for her, bath her, and sing good night song to her, exactly as how I am with her. It was hilarious!!!

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The weather was crappy most of the days… not cold but rainy. But we still managed to get out many times, to visit University of Maryland, where I spent 5 years

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it was my first time going back since my graduation ceremony may 2011.

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we went to Newseum

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where we both tried being a reporter for 5 min 😉

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on Christmas day we went to the train exhibit in front of the white house

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Sofia was very excited to see so many mini trains

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it’s always nice to hang out with this guy 😉


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then we visited the National Botanic Garden for another train exhibit

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Back home we decorated the gingerbread house, our first one ever and so much fun!!!

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it was a team work, otherwise we wouldn’t be able to make it

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went to the outlet on 12/26, a must trip for any visitor

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on Sunday 12/27 we went to National Harbor. Sofia and Kaffee went to the wheel

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then they took the boat to get to Alexandria where we had an amazing lunch at Fontaine, a french crepe place I’ve been wanting to go

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cozzy environment

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and incredibly tasty 100% buckwheat crepe. I’m definitely going back for more!!!

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Sofia enjoyed the fresh french baguette, the salad and some crepe

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love love love this girl!!!

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in the evening, we went to Mormom church to see Christmas light. It was quite crowded.

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on Monday 12/28, we went to Annapolis and encountered with the Military bowl preparation

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quite an eventful day for the small city

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after lunch, we visited the Navy Academy and then Georgetown for some more shopping

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Food. Before she came, I’ve made a menu for her visit… basically I wanted to cook as much as possible and different variety of food for her to try. For breakfast, we had pumpkin bread, homemade WW bread, eggs
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bagel with avocado, goat cheese, egg and ham.

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we also had hash brown with eggs, yogurt with granola, and panini.

For dinner I made turkey-lamb shephard pie with potato/sweet potato

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panini with squash ginger soup

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roasted salmon with rice and broccoli

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spinash ricotta lasagna

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spaguetti with meatball

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shell pasta filled with spinach, corn and ricotta, with white and red sauces

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shrimp taco

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Other unpictured meals included arroz con pollo and noodles on my birthday.

She decided to come to visit me few months ago, and we weren’t sure if we’d go somewhere. At the end I thought it would be good just to stay in DC area, visit places that she didn’t visit last time, and spend more relax time to just be together. We enjoy each other’s company so much so whatever we do together it’s fine.

For the past few years, we’ve been getting closer emotionally and geographically. She came to visit me twice and I went back to China few times. On a daily basis we chat here and there, and we are always there for each other whenever one of us needs. We are both so grateful for this friendship and cherish it. We hope to see each other at least once a year, in the US, or China or elsewhere, we just make it a priority in our lives to keep this friendship alive, and we are both committed. 🙂

See you  next time Kaffee. :)d

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