Thursday, January 19, 2017

An Afternoon in DC

January 17, 2017

A day after I returned from Charlotte, I repacked my suitcase and made my way north to the nation's capital. I had a job interview the next day, and wanting to make the most of the journey, spent the extra day sightseeing. I've been to DC several times in the past, but the last time was 6 years ago and I was due a refresh.

I rode the metro from my hotel to the Mall, planning to spend the afternoon walking around the monuments and wandering through a Smithsonian or two. Instead, I found that many of the buildings were already closed for the upcoming weekend's inauguration and the city was covered in security.

I made my way around the Library of Congress and got distracted by rows upon rows of gorgeous houses. I abandoned my previous plan and spent the rest of the day crisscrossing the rowhouse-lined streets of Capitol Hill, a somehow blissfully quiet area of the city full of young families with children with expensive names and even more expensive toys.

As the afternoon turned to evening, I quickly googled coffee shops and found one within easy walking distance - Bourbon Coffee - and ordered the spiciest chai latte of my life. I spent some time reassessing my metro map and eavesdropping on the conversation of two young professionals discussing their best "Hill" interview strategies; it was the most stereotypically DC thing I could've encountered.

As the last order of the day, I attempted to make it to Politics & Prose, a popular DC bookstore, but it was rush hour and the metro cars were already so crowded that I forgo the idea for a later visit.

My time in DC was unexpectedly spent, and I wish I'd been able to revisit more of my favourite places in the city. But the sky was grey and the city oddly empty, which made for perfect walking weather, and I don't regret getting the chance to explore more of the city.

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