Thoughts on moving to Washington, D.C.
This year has been full of incredible opportunities and thrilling experiences. To add to the excitement, Josh and I are moving to our favorite city, Washington,
Our move is inspiring me to start fresh. If you’re like me, you might get the feeling every so often to explore a new city or the urge to begin anew. Or perhaps I moved so often that I’m habitually moving every few years. In either case, I find moving regularly to be an opportunity. Knowing that Josh and I will be in close proximity to where American history has been molded makes me so excited.
Call it the history geek in me, but I’m so inspired by anything that somewhat resembles America, patriotism, or American history. One of my favorite memories is visiting the National Mall with Josh for the first time.
What’s it Like Moving Every Few Years?
My childhood was regularly disrupted by frequent relocation. My family and I would pack up and move every three years. This pattern of moving has shifted my view on the world and my motivations for learning. Living in Europe provided a new perspective and appreciation for understanding cultures outside of the United States. Living all over the U.S. in locations such as Washington (state), Georgia, and Texas developed that appreciation into a strong desire to enculturate myself with cultures I’m unfamiliar with.
One of my passions is traveling and engulfing myself into the microcosm of different regions. I have been lucky enough to explore the beltway on several occasions when Josh was living there a year ago. Major cities are within short traveling distance of where Josh and I will be living, and I can’t wait to settle in and venture across the northeast.
Favorite Spots to Visit in D.C.
Please take my recommendations with a grain of salt as I’m clearly not yet a D.C. native. There are probably other (non-touristy) amazing hangouts in D.C., and I’ll be sure to share them when I explore. However, I do want to share with you the spots that Josh and I have such a memorable connection to.
The Jefferson Memorial
Library of Congress
First move when I arrive: obtain a Library of Congress card. I have no idea how or if it’s even possible, but you better believe I’m going to try. The historic ambiance that engulfs the air as soon as you step inside is captivating.
The Mayflower Hotel
In 2017 Josh and I took a well deserved road trip and traveled up to Washington, D.C. Several stops were involved, but we stayed at The Mayflower Hotel for the 4th of July. The modern, yet historically rich hotel was amazing. We so enjoyed the historical significance of the hotel. After Josh asked me to marry him, we took a nightcap in the Edgar bar. Definitely worth staying at for a night or two!
You can rent the cutest swan boats and paddle around the Tidal Basin. When paddling around you’ll have the most amazing view of the Jefferson Memorial. If you go during the hottest month of the year like we did, you’ll sweat your ass off. So basically, don’t. I recommend going during the early spring or fall.
The National Arboretum
Josh and I stopped at the National Arboretum on our way into the city one weekend and were so pleasantly surprised. If you’re visiting, be sure to check out the old bonsai trees in the dedicated garden. The sun was blazing, but we managed to find some shade along the way. I’m not sure if this is allowed, but I envision a fall picnic on the agenda when the weather is cooler.
Change is Coming
Living in the northeast will be a change of pace for me, but I am so excited to share the changes in my life with you! Moving to Washington, D.C will be exciting and present so many amazing opportunities. Which of your favorite spots should I explore in the beltway? Share your thoughts in the comments below!