December 12, 2012

Project DC

I have loved living in our nation's capital for the past 4+ years. DC is a great city, with so much energy and wonderful things to do and see. As a grad student, I haven't had a ton of free time to do all of the things I'd like to do, but I have taken the time to appreciate a lot of wonderful things. The hubs and I are devoted DC United fans (they're our local MLS soccer team), we take walks through the National Zoo, and when my parents visit we do fun touristy things like stroll by the Capitol and explore the Library of Congress.

Sadly, this year might be our last living in DC. The hubs is applying to PhD programs, and I'm applying to programs to finish up my own degree (I have to do a year-long, full-time clinical placement). We're both applying all over the country, and right now we don't know where we'll be. It's likely that we'll be in different cities (wahhh!), which doubly sucks, but until we know for sure where we'll end up, I'm determined to make the next few months extra special.

There are still so many things I want to do here! DC is filled with important museums and monuments, and I certainly want to make sure I've seen the ones that I am most interested in, but there are also experiences that I want to have before I leave here. The realization that I could leave a city where I've lived for five years without taking full advantage of what it has to offer is scary and stressful, and it's kicked my butt into gear. I've decided to launch Project DC to track all of the things that I want to do and motivate myself to go out and do them. This is what I have so far:

1. Go to the Air and Space Museum.
2. Go for a leisurely hike in Rock Creek Park.
3. Go on a White House tour.
4. Buy DC artwork at Eastern Market.
5. Visit Old Town on a day trip.

6. Take a day trip to Annapolis.
7. Go to the Newseum.
8. Go back to Jazz in the Garden when it starts up again in the spring.
9. Go to the Holocaust Museum.
10. Eat at Ben's Chili Bowl.
11. See the FDR Memorial.
12. Take the hubs to the Lincoln Memorial.
13. Go to the National Portrait Gallery.
14. Go to the Corcoran.
15. Visit the Vietnam Memorial.
16. Go inside the Basilica of the National Shrine
of the Immaculate Conception.
17. Go to more embassy events.
18. See a show at Rock & Roll Hotel.
19. See the drum circle at Malcolm X Park.
20. Mini golf at H Street Country Club.
21. Evening drinks at POV.

It just occurred to me that I could a bunch of things if I throw on a fanny pack and pretend I'm a tourist on one of those hop-on/hop-off buses. Hmmm..... I'll get back to you guys on this one!