I mostly wanted to focus my writing on experiencing the life and culture of this city, but before I can do any meaningful exploring and experiencing, necessities must be met. First on the list, an apartment. I have been here for nearly two weeks (gasp!) and have finally found a place to call home via the great match-maker, a.k.a. Craigslist. After looking at no less than a dozen various living arrangements, ranging from small dingy studios to 4 bedrooms with late-night party girls, I found a room a 2 bedroom near the National Zoo. The neighborhood, known as Woodley Park, is on the yuppier side of things, near Embassy Row and offering the spectrum of cuisines that you would expect to cater to visiting dignitaries as well as young professionals. Sushi, wood-fired pizza, and organic brunch fare stand between me and my walk to the metro stop, which is only 2 stops from downtown. Should I choose to ride my bike to work, I have the option of taking the trail through Rock Creek Park and in less than 3 peaceful miles, I am there.
Here is the map of my new neighborhood, I am at the corner of 29th and Calvert.
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It is all coming together, just one week until I start work and I promised myself that this week I will take on the many Smithsonian Museums with a purpose, so hopefully I will be able to conquer a few of DC's cultural highlights with the little bit of free time that I have left.