Washington, D.C.: Likes and Dislikes

Washington, D.C.: Likes and Dislikes

It's been a while since my last blog post, and I am truly sorry for that. I was too occupied with having fun. I am having the time of my life!

In this blog post I express my feelings about what I like and dislike about D.C. and in a second part, I'll discuss my feelings about TWC. Oh, dear lord, there's so much I like, and so little I dislike… Where to start?

Likes
Washington is truly an amazing city. The buildings are gorgeous, and now spring is finally here, it looks even prettier with the trees blooming… Just going for a walk through the city gives you (or me at least) the happiest feeling ever. I wish I didn't have to leave.

 

One of the beautiful buildings here in D.C.

 

One thing I really love about D.C. is the museums. There are tons of museums and sights to see in D.C. And what's even better, a lot of them are FREE. Definitely go and see the Smithsonian museums, but make sure to go when it's less crowded so you get to have the full experience. I visited the National Air and Space Museum during spring break. It was unbelievable how many people were there.

Next, the transportation system here in D.C. is great. You can easily go everywhere by Metro rail or bus. And, it's so easy to use. Want to go to Pentagon City, hop on the metro; want to go to Arlington, hop on; want to go to Alexandria, hop on…

What I probably like the most about D.C. is that there is always something to do. Especially now that spring finally arrived. For example, not that long ago there was a Kite Festival on the National Mall. Hundreds, or maybe a thousand kites were floating in the air on that gorgeous day. What do you need more than a couple of friends and a fun activity while the sun is shining? Exactly! There's always something to do: the Cherry Blossom Festival, a protest, a celebration. And if not, there's always a good restaurant, pub or museum to visit.

 

Kite festival at the National Mall.

 

D.C. is among the top-10 best cities in the U.S. for young adults. This is reflected in its continuously expanding nightlife. There are some great clubs to go to like Josephine's or Ultrabar, but also a lot of bars, for example, in Adams Morgan.

D.C. is extremely cool because it is so liberal, too. D.C. is open to new behavior and opinions, and very open-minded in general. This makes it an amazing place to live.

Dislikes
As mentioned before, there's little to dislike about D.C. But, of course, there are some downsides of living here, too. D.C. is a pretty expensive place to live. Groceries are not as cheap as one might expect, and there's so much to do that your money vaporizes in a heartbeat.

Sometimes I think D.C. is a little too serious as well. It's all about politics, about work, about performing well… So, if you can't stand politics, then D.C. is probably not a good fit for you.

And what possibly annoys me most about D.C. is the horrible transportation at night. Seriously--as you can read in one of my earlier blogs, there are basically no more metro trains past midnight on a regular day during a work week. Is everyone supposed to be in bed at 12? Because I can count the days that I actually made it to bed before midnight on one hand.

In my next post, I'll discuss my experiences with The Washington Center, its housing and more!

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