I love DC. I lived there for two years of grad school (except for the summer I spent at the Université de Montréal) and have returned there every year since I left to work overseas. So I'm excited to move back.
During grad school I lived in Adams Morgan. In 1997-1999 it wasn't as big of a bar/club scene as it is now. My apartment was right across from the National Zoo and I could hear baboons every morning. The neighborhood was a nice mix of families, young professionals, immigrants, and students. Everything was within walking distance or a quick bus ride away, or a short walk to the Metro. I lived exactly equidistant between Ben & Jerry's and Baskin-Robbins.
When MoBob came with me for the first time to the US in 2003, we stayed in a friend's apartment in the Capitol Hill/Eastern Market area. A neighborhood with a different flavor. More young professional types because of proximity to the Hill, and more families. The Mall and the Hill were an easy walk. In addition there were the delights of Eastern Market, and a straight shot on the Blue Line to the shopping malls in suburban Virginia.
This time we will be close to Union Station. Again, another neighborhood with a different feel. New enough that I'll feel a little disoriented (where's the nearest Safeway?) and familiar enough (back in the ward boundaries) that I won't feel lost.
On April 10th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
It is so excited to go back to a city you know so well. Have you found a house or an apartment already? I say already, when do you leave? It is very soon isn't it? You must keep posting on this site...I fear it is the only way I will hear from you once you move!!! Miss you already!!
Hey, Union Station! One of the few places I actually know in DC, apart from the Washington Monument and the Australian Embassy.
If you ever take the beltway south, past the Mormon temple, there's only one thing I need to say:
On April 20th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
I remember visiting you in Jan. 97 and you were staying in a women's house. I think I had to wait outside for you. I'm pretty sure that was near Union Station, at least that was the Metro stop that I used. We all went to a Vietnamese restaurant for dinner. Good times, but bitterly cold out. One of my favorite pictures of us was taken there.