I know this is such a tourist-y thing of me to say, but I really do love going to D.C (does the fact that I WAS, in fact, a tourist, help at all?)
I remember D.C as one of the first places I got to visit outside of the college area. A frustration I had with the college I went to, or more specifically, the location, was that it was pretty much in the middle of nowhere. Now, there were times I appreciated this — but it did mean that students had to get creative to find entertainment.
Getting to “escape” college grounds was something I looked forward to, and D.C, you did not disappoint. Now, in movies, tv shows etc, when they name-drop or feature American states and cities.. It’s mostly New York, L.A, Chicago, and Washington D.C. So actually setting foot there made everything a tad more real — this is ACTUALLY happening, I really am miles away from home, and in this strange yet strangely amazing place I never thought I’d see in person. Does anyone else feel this way when you travel? How I wish I could bottle up that tingly sense of wonder, excitement, and awe — feelings I’ve been trying to chase down with every subsequent mini adventure.
There are so many things I enjoyed there — there was no shortage of things to see and learn, and if you adore museums as much as I do, you will walk around with a silly, goofy grin on your face (all the while pretending to have everything under control). I got to roam around the museums with my friend and her “friendship family,*” and they shared so many historical fun facts which made the trip all the more fun.
Between the historical landmarks and other attractions, gorgeous cherry blossoms (depending which time of the year you visit), architecture (I find buildings fascinating, they give you a sense of familiarity or unfamiliarity,, adding to the overall experience), food, culture (albeit more of a tourist-y culture there!), D.C really is a pretty special place to visit, where it’s exciting enough to keep you intrigued, but not too overwhelming where you feel out-of-place.
*Think of “friendship families” as something like a host family for international students. I had an amazing friendship family as well.. In fact, before I graduated, I went back to D.C with them!