WAITING IN THE RENAISSANCE WASHINGTON HOTEL FOR MY BUS

It was my last day in Washington DC after having a great time visiting my family for Thanksgiving weekend .

My Flixbus back to New York City was leaving at 1:30pm and due to arrive at 5:45pm.

Because of the Winter Storm Advisory issued for New York City , I was going to try to get on an earlier bus, say like the 12:30pm one.

No such luck.

It was full and unlike my bus, it was stopping in Baltimore.

My bus was going non stop back to the city.

We ended up getting in at 6pm which wasn’t bad seeing that the weather was awful .

As it was raining cats and dogs while waiting for the bus, one of the valet parking people suggested that I do what other people were doing , waiting in the lobby of the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, which is where the bus picks you up, 904 9th Street NW.

I had never stayed in this hotel, either in Washington DC or anywhere else.

But I knew that it was one of those fancy, smantzy hotels.

They’re so fancy that if you want to use the bathroom in the lobby, you have to go up to the Front Desk and get a room key , which you have to give back, of course .

As I couldn’t get on the earlier bus, I had some time to kill.

So I did what a few people who were either waiting for the bus or hotel guests did .

I went into Starbucks and got a Cheese Danish and one of my favorite coffees whenever I go to Starbucks , a small Vanilla Latte.

I went back to the entrance with the revolving door and listened to the music that was coming out of the loud speaker.

It wasn’t Christmas music , thank God , but something you wouldn’t expect from such a fancy place.

Try Alternative Rock.

By this time it was 1:15pm and I was ready to leave rainy Washington DC and take my bus to snow, sleet, and just gosh awful weather in New York City .

DISCOVERING PACKING CUBES!

Whenever I go on one of my 30 Plus Teams Tours, I usually bring a bag or suitcase that’s as unorganized as all heck.

There’s shoes , underwear, etc all over the suitcase no matter if they’re folded, rolled or usually just thrown in the bag which always happens .

Not this time.

I watch a lot of YouTube videos , which you might not know.

Or maybe you do if you follow 30 Plus Teams 30 Plus Dreams a lot.

As I haven’t been anywhere since February , those travel blues have creeped in and I’ve been watching videos on packing.

I noticed something .

People, and not just female or adult travellers, are packing their clothes in something called “packing cubes.”,which go inside your suitcase.

I had never heard of this and I’ve travelled a lot in my 66 years .

I was going to order them from Amazon , but on a trip to my local Marshalls Department Store, guess what I found?

You got it, packing cubes for my suitcase, even though none of the sales people had a clue what I was talking about.

One saleslady told me , “luggage over in aisle 3”

I guess she missed the part of the conversation where I asked “do you sell packing cubes that fit in your luggage?”

But in aisle 3 not only was there luggage up the wazoo , there were accessories also, which included packing cubes.

It was $9.99 for a pack of 3.

I wanted to see what all the hype was about.

It’s supposed to save space in my suitcase .

It actually does as you can see here.

My bag is a little bit more organized now than it’s ever been .

I wish I’d discovered packing cubes a lot earlier .

EXPERIENCING THOSE SUMMERTIME BLUES

It’s been a month since the Sports Diva went on thst 30 Plus Teams Tour of Las Vegas , which was wicked awesome as you could tell by all the pictures and posts that a lot of y’all seemed to like.

I know that I’ve told you to get out and travel and I’ve even given you the travel quotes to get you inspired.

Even though I’m getting ready to go on another 30 Plus Teams Tour, the travel blues have reared its ugly head yet again.

The weather has been miserable here in New York City .

No, it hasn’t been rainy and cold.

It’s that other thing that the East Coast of the United States is famous, or infamous for in the summer.

It’s the two H’s- Heat and Humidity.

75-90 degrees Fahrenheit is okay by me, but not when the humidity is 93% and there’s not even a beach, ocean or pool nearby.

So you get the summertime blues, eat a lot, not to mention drinking a lot of water and juices, and then you can’t sleep even with a fan or air conditioner blasting.

Sweating like a pig just isn’t my idea of a great 30 Plus Teams Tour.

There’s light at the end of the tunnel.

Hello again YouTube and Facebook travel videos.

Y’all came to my rescue when I had the travel blues and you’re doing the same thing now that I’m experiencing the “Summertime Blues”.

I will be doing another 30 Plus Teams Tour very soon, like next week, God willing .

Where am I going to this time?

Sorry, y’all just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, those YouTube and Facebook videos , as well as reading blogs about trips that fellow bloggers are taking or have taken are helping my Summertime Blues.