Until this summer, I never did things that were out of ordinary. I lived in Wisconsin, moved to Iowa for college, and then worked in Iowa. Now, I'm living in a city that I came to not knowing more than a handful of people. It was strange to move here and not have my social network. I have had to make friends and navigate my way around this new city. The part of town I am living in is called Tenleytown. Basically my exposure of DC was mostly seeing men wearing plaid shorts, khaki shorts, or pastel colored shorts (knees showing) paired with a polo (often in a bright color). Lets just say, I have felt out of place in this part of town.
On Tuesday evening I met up with a friend (one I met at a party I went to with Jinae, my sister's college roommate) on U Street. Being on U street made me feel like I finally found my part of town. It is diverse, hip, and urban feeling (no one wearing pastel polos). It is were the famed Ben's Chili Bowl is. After walking around a little bit on the street, she showed me Malcolm X park. WOW, the park is amazing. It is so beautiful. From there, I began walking to the Woodly Park metro station. For once, it was a cool evening with low humidity. When I reached Woodly Park, I decided to keep walking. Connecticut Ave is wonderful. I jumped on the metro at Cleavland Park since my phone was dying. This was the first time since I have been in DC that I felt like this city is a place I could potentially return to.
|Malcolm X Park|
|View from Connecticut Ave|
|Another view while walking on Connecticut|