I can’t tell you why I picked DC. People ask me this question all the time when they first meet me and I just don’t have a ‘real’ answer. Was it because of the political scene? Nope, I was about to enter a Masters program for Interior Design. Was it because I had family here? That would be another negative. I got it; it must be because of the weather, right? I am glad to say once again that weather was not the reason why I wanted to move to DC (perhaps on some subliminal level I foresaw the impending snow storms of 2009/2010). The best answer that I can offer you is that I believe it was just a feeling that brought me here – a feeling that has since developed into a full-blown love affair.
That’s right everyone — I totally, utterly, completely, whole-heartedly love DC.
I love how on any given Saturday morning I can take a yoga class at Flow and run into a childhood schoolmate. I love how I met one of my closest friends via DC Craig’s List (no, it was not a missed connection – just a wildly successful apartment hunt). I love how a 14-hour AutoCAD session never seemed quite as bad when I was having a Chai Latte with a shot of espresso at Tryst. I love how no matter what time of the day I go to Whole Foods on P there will always be some overly-friendly person fundraising outside ( I am such a sucker for a good cause).
I love how my dog always has a place to play, whether it is at the dog park on S and 17th or the one at 10th and Rhode Island (she is the big Newfoundland, very friendly). I love how on a Friday night I can see Adam Tensta perform on the rooftop at House of Sweden and subsequently enjoy the building’s award-winning modern architecture. I love how Chinatown hardly has any Chinese food restaurants. I love how we have five sports teams (yes, I am counting soccer).
I love how confusing L’Enfant’s circles are for out-of-towners (okay, sometimes I still get confused, I shamefully admit it). I love how Marvin has one of the best brunches in the city, yet, there is hardly ever a wait for a table. I love how I can be inspired by the architecture of the East Gallery (I.M. Pei is one of my favorites) and then get lost for a bit amongst the Rothkos before heading over to the West Gallery where I can get lost for a bit more with a still by Pieter Claesz. I love how I can see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the 9:30 Club and never have to worry about getting tickets at the same exact time as my friends in order to enjoy the concert with them.
I love how you can go the Kennedy Center and in the same day see a play, a ballet, and a symphony. I love how much I dislike Halloween in Georgetown though ultimately end up going there every year at some point anyway. I love how ridiculous it is that taxi drivers charge an extra $1.50 for each additional passenger (come on, it’s even free in NYC). I love how Summer brings old movies and picnics on the mall with Screen on the Green.
I love how relaxing it is to browse through vintage tie-dye slips and purchase fresh pasta on a Sunday morning at Eastern Market. I love how proud I am about the Metro system even though I can easily count the number of times I have utilized it in the past three years. I love how each time I take visitors to see the Lincoln Memorial, no matter what the frequency, the view from the steps always takes my breath away. I love how on a casual night at a new neighborhood bar (Churchkey) you can end up meeting someone that could change your life forever.
I love how while I am writing this I have a huge smile across my face.
I guess you can say we are meant to be.