I didn't realise how much I'd missed being in the city until I took a walk around DC a few days ago. Weirdly enough, the biggest thing I missed was being surrounded by buildings. Living in rural Ohio means the closest thing we have to a real bar is 'The Cove', rightly named for it's dark dingy interior. Don't get me wrong, I love my school - however the lack urban infrastructure and abundance of well, cornfields, really makes you appreciate being in the city/any civilisation. There's just something incredibly satisfying about using Google Maps to navigate your way through the busy city streets, to the nearest restaurant or museum, to meet up with a friend.
This spring break I was in the DC-Maryland area. After craving the sound of traffic and using public transport (boy, do I miss the Tube) my friend Natasha and I decided to venture into the city for the day. Apart from meeting with our friend Peter on his lunch break, we had no real intentions, which kind of made the day more interesting.
Unfortunately, we didn't have time to do a full tour, but we did see some pandas and bison, among other things - including some wolves with an abnormally long set legs. Sadly, we'd missed the elephants and the red pandas were no longer in exhibit. The best part was that it was free (hashtag three cheers for the Smithsonian). It's definitely somewhere I'd consider visiting again this summer.
After the zoo, we made our way to Dupont Circle to meet up with Peter in Starbucks (hence the obligatory group selfie). Annoyingly enough, we ended up in the wrong Starbucks; when people joke about there being a Starbucks on every corner, they're not kidding. Google Maps issues aside, we had a good catch up over Frappuccinos, and various baked goods. Since I'm not all that into hot drinks, I ordered a Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino with a cookie on the side.
Apaprently, Starbucks wasn't necessarily the most nutritious option for lunch, so we went on the hunt for real food. Low and behold we were right next to Nandos. It was so strange walking into Nandos without having a line out of the door like in the UK. I guess Americans aren't as into Peri-Peri chicken as us Brits.
In order to help the meal digest, we jumped on the Metro again to head into central DC to do a spot of sightseeing. In conclusion, the White House was White and the Monument is huge. I'd seen them both before, so it was not so much actually seeing the attractions that excited me, it was the act of being a tourist and sharing in the excitement of being somewhere important.
So yes, I'm a city girl at heart. As much as I love the endless fields and isolation of Ohio, there's something special about concrete and skyscrapers that really gets me going.