Kelly and I had the great opportunity to spend the last few weeks living in Washington, D.C. and exploring the surrounding region. Some photos and a few observations follow:
We were fortunate to have friends with a space near Georgetown that wasn't in use, so we set up a temporary home there. We were in a great neighborhood with friendly people, cute houses and a sprawling community garden:
This included a temporary office for me as I started my new job:
We had some fun nights out on the town, including one to celebrate our wedding anniversary three years ago this month.
Of course, we made time for some of the usual tourist attractions, including wandering the National Mall, sitting in the Supreme Court courtroom, looking at old books in the Library of Congress, taking in museums, and checking out some of the amazing monuments:
But I think some of our favorite parts were exploring the different neighborhoods and more intimate spaces around town; we sat in Dupont Circle, watched live music in Adams Morgan, biked and walked in Rock Creek Park, attended a book launch at Politics & Prose, visited the Eastern Market on Capitol Hill, and had happy hour with a CIA agent in the bar where JFK proposed to Jackie.
And of course we ate really good food - French, Chinese, Lebanese, Mexican, Italian, Vietnamese, Japanese, Indian, seafood and more. Somehow most of my photos were focused on the pizza - be careful if you order a "jumbo slice" in Adams Morgan:
You can view my full set of posted photos on Flickr.
Thanks to the people who helped make it such a great stay. Especially for Kelly - who explored even more while I was working - but certainly for both of us, it was a highlight to connect with family and friends in the area and to experience the city a bit beyond tourism. We'll be back.