Hello! My name is Maya and I have lived in and around the entire DMV area. When I first moved out this way in the spring of 2006 I lived in Old Town, Alexandria, then moved to D.C. (this is where I lived when I started my blog), then moved to Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, and now I’m back in the Old Town/Del Ray Virginia area. Whoa! My life is centered around my fabulous husband, sweet, lovable pit bull named Violet, and our two adorable children, Ava (3.5 years old) and Luke (almost 4 months old)! I decided to start Bee in DC to write about all the things that interest and inspire me, and that are near and dear to me. These things include travel – international and domestic – and living in our nation’s capital!
I blame my love of travel on my parents. They are both extremely adventurous, love traveling to different places, and embracing different cultures. These traits contributed to our moving all around the U.S. and to different parts of the world.
From age 3 to 6 my parents, my younger brother Marshall, and I lived on an island in the Pacific near Guam, called Chuke Islands.
Many, many years later (after living in New Orleans and Georgia), my family and I moved to Cairo, Egypt when I was entering high school. I ended up graduating from my high school there, Cairo American College.
It was this life-altering experience that made me completely embrace the world of traveling to different countries and learning about new and unique cultures. At first you wouldn’t think this, but geographically Egypt is right in the thick of the world, so it made traveling to different countries a bit easier than from the U.S. In addition to going on trips with my family, our school incorporated travel into its curriculum, i.e. if you took Spanish as a second language, then you had the opportunity to travel to Spain for a week, etc.
Even though I am known to get a little antsy to get out of the good ‘ole’ USA at times, I also fully embrace traveling around the United States, and taking day trips to places and sites near DC. If there is something or somewhere new (to me) to explore and visit, I am always down!
Life in Washington D.C.
Oh let me count the reasons why I love living in D.C. so much – all the interesting and inspiring people I get to meet on a daily basis, how intellectually and politically aware people are, all the dining opportunities, all the local road trips readily at my fingertips, and how this city is so health & fitness conscious. The list goes on and on.
It is the health & fitness conscious part that I have truly learned to appreciate recently. While I have always led a pretty healthy and active lifestyle (when I was a kid I did ballet and figure skated competitively, in high school I ran cross-country, and during college and post- college I always worked out regularly), it has probably been within the last 6 months that I have become more passionate about running. I still lift weights and do other forms of working out like yoga, barre, and Zumba, but something inside me just unleashed this “running machine”. I run at least three times a week, I try to sign up for as many 5ks as I can, and…I even signed up for my first half-marathon in March 2013. Much more on that later!
Why Bee in DC?
There used to be a TV show on Nickelodeon called ‘Maya the Bee’ when I was a child. Since we didn’t have cable when I was younger, this was unbeknownst to me. However, my classmates used to terrorize me by singing the theme song around me and calling me “Maya the Bee” all the time. I HATED it. Through the years, the hatred started to wane and I embraced it. My mom and now in-laws whole heartedly embraced it by buying me everything under the sun with bees on it (candles, pillows, figurines, honey, blankets, etc). They call it my memorabeelia.
Also, when one thinks of a bee, s/he think of the bee buzzing about every which way. Anyone who knows me, knows I like to keep busy and I can’t sit still – there is always something to do or somewhere to go!
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