One year ago I enjoyed my last day in DC. I had already packed out of my house and was loving life at the Fairmont Hotel in the West End. I woke up on that last day, probably a little hungover from the night before, and met a friend at Baked and Wired in Georgetown for breakfast. We walked over to the Key Bridge Boat House and took out paddle boards to the middle of the river to watch the DC flyover. After the flyover ended, we headed to lunch on the waterfront, I met my aunt for dinner that night, and I finished off the evening at Sauf Haus to say bye to friends.
Today I find myself on a plane to Sydney, Australia. I woke up, took my puppies out, and grabbed an uber to the airport. I was lucky enough to win a free trip the Singapore for the Under Armour “Test of Will.” We had our briefing yesterday and the three others joining to compete in the test of will emphasized what a big deal it is for me to compete at Regionals, so the rep from Under Armour met me at the airport with a bag filled to the top of Under Armour Swag!
Two very different days, so what has else changed in the past year?
DC: 1 bedroom + office English basement apartment with patio and yard
Manila: 2 bedroom townhouse apartment
DC: Up and coming neighborhood. Walking distance to public transportation, restaurants, bars, and an awesome coffee shop.
Manila: Secure compound in somewhat dodgy neighborhood. Walking distance to…a 7-11?
DC: 5.5miles to American University – 35 minutes by bike up the biggest hill in DC ugh
Manila: 2.2 miles to Primal Ape CrossFit – 45-90 minutes by car
DC: Trivia and/or happy hour during the week, out at bars or house parties on weekends
Manila: Social life revolves around gym and my workout schedule, very minimal drinking
DC: 1 hour CrossFit Class 4-5 times a week
Manila: I don’t even want to know
DC: Dishes daily, work together to do full clean every week or so, laundry almost daily
Manila: None, I’m a complete slob and live in a house cleaner than DC, thanks to a helper
DC: One major trip per year, small trips for long weekends
Manila: Busuanga, Bohol, DC, Thailand, Boracay, Baguio, and Australia, with Singapore, El Nido, Korea, Malaysia, and DC on the horizon
DC: No one is giving me jack shit for free, except maybe some beer and Jameson at Sauf Haus
Manila: Trip to Singapore and a bag of athletic gear from Under Armour
Let’s see what changes the next year brings.