Oh, time for some sentimentalism around here… After 2 years of working in Washington, D.C. I wrap up this client engagement with mixed feelings. There is more excellent work to be done. Yet, I want to be home. But it’s also hard to leave DC because I just really like this city.
Why, you may ask? Here are some reasons why I love DC – and the photos to go with them!
1. Yes, the tourist “attractions”
Not because they are tourist attractions but because of one of any number of reasons: their architecture, their history, or their contents. The monuments, the Smithsonian museums, the landmarks of the federal government – all these qualify as do other like the Holocaust Museum (a must), the Newseum (surprisingly well-done; with a piece of the Berlin Wall and an antenna from one of the World Trade Center towers), etc.
2. The importance of the place
I just feel the energy of this city, center of power that it is. I was far and very close to that center. Far because I have zero access. Very close because I worked two blocks from the White House itself.
3. Its history
Clearly so much history in the obvious places. But also in less obvious or lesser-known ones…
4. The incredible neighborhoods
Georgetown is likely the grand-dame (or is it masculine?) of the neighborhoods in DC but the city has so many unique areas like Capitol Hill, Adams Morgan, etc. All worth walking around and just exploring and feeling their vibe. I wish I had explored even more but I definitely enjoyed walking around, especially the smaller streets with the brownstones and neighborhood places. I wonder if most tourists venture into the neighborhoods. If they don’t, they are missing out on the best part of the capital city of the U.S., in my humble opinion.
5. Nothing like running along the Potomac – either bank
One of my favorite post-work activities – take a look and you will see why!
6. And the fun!
The food, the drinks, and the places to hang out!
Au revoir, DC
While my work is done here, I am surely returning to one of my favorite cities in the U.S.!!