USA: Washington, D.C.
Posted on January 4, 2016
Staying at an Airbnb in North Columbia Heights was a very affordable and great way to get to the city.
Of all the places we went DC’s metro still holds the title of being the most expensive. Usually, we never feel as if we’re overpaying for transit passes, but the price was just too steep not to say something. Ringing in at $60 for a week pass for the metro only (if you want to ride the bus, tack on another $20), it is undeniably overpriced but essential to have while staying in our nation’s capital.
We went to a comedy show during our trip to the nation’s capital, and one of the comedians made the astute observation that DC is “this wonderful tapestry of history and homelessness and brunch”. Despite the harsh criticism, he had a point. The city’s monuments, memorials, and museums give you more than enough to see and experience, and the whole district has an atmosphere tied into America’s roots. Though the homelessness population was not as overt as somewhere like Denver’s, there was certainly a large enough amount that just nagged at you from the back of your mind that this was quite a problem. We are in the same place as our President lives, aren’t we? Shouldn’t this be the paradigm of change, opportunity, and progress? But it is very much a large city, and cities are rarely separated from such systemic problems.
There is something special about Washington, DC. More than the absurdly long crosswalk countdowns, more than brunch that lasts until 10 PM. It values its heritage and continues to grow and thrive on the basis of its history.