We are flying for the first time in fourteen months. The last time we flew was early February of 2020 for the Georgetown Senior Parent Weekend. Since we got fully vaccinated, Sharon has been on a mission to get to Washington DC to see Jack.
Drew took us to the airport. We caught a 8:30 am United flight from Sacramento to Washington DC. When we booked the flights, we made a decision to upgrade to first class. Except for Sharon's struggles with the wifi, it was an easy uneventful flight. We were on the ground at Dulles about 15 minutes early at 4:15 pm.
Our luggage was at the baggage claim when we got there. We took an the shuttle bus to the Hertz rental car lot. There was a small kerfuffle getting the car; my Gold account had expired.
It was an extremely easy drive from Dulles into Washington DC. We are staying ten nights at the AKA Whitehouse. We stayed at this hotel for a week almost ten years ago.
After getting settled into the room, we walked to Boqueria for a late dinner. We met Jack there! The three of us split DÁTILES CON BEICON [Dates stuffed with almonds and Valdeón blue cheese, wrapped in bacon], PINTXOS MORUNOS [Seared Colorado lamb skewers, pickled shallots, salsa verde] Grilled 12oz hanger steak [confit piquillo peppers, pimentón butter] and PAELLA DE MARISCOS [bomba rice, monkfish, sepia, squid, shrimp, clams, mussels, saffron, salsa verde]. Unfortunately, the paella wasn't very good. Whenever we have paella, Sharon and I compare it to the paella we had in the Barcelona harbor.
After dinner, the three of us walked back to the hotel and visited. Eventually, Jack headed home and Sharon and I crashed.