Random Thoughts on Washington, DC

by Gray Cargill on November 5, 2014

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Would you believe that although I’ve traveled to cities all over North America and Europe, before last week, I’d only ever spent one single rainy Saturday in my own nation’s capitol? That fact struck me earlier this year. How is that possible? I thought.

Washington is only a 1.5 hour flight from Burlington. You’d think I’d be there all the time. What have I been waiting for?

I think my reluctance to visit was because of politics. As our nation’s capitol, Washington is filled with politicians and lobbyists and “good ol’ boy networks” and partisan politics. I had this horrible image in my head of constantly being surrounded by people who work in government and who don’t know how to talk about anything but politics. It would be like election season in my Facebook newsfeed, with Republicans bashing Democrats, and Democrats bashing Republicans and me wanting to unfriend everyone.

To my relief, I never once overheard a political conversation the entire time I was in town. Instead, I exercised my body with lots of walking and my mind with lots of museums. It was probably one of the most educational trips I’ve ever taken. And Washington is a very solo-friendly city, based on my experience. I never felt unsafe anywhere, even at night.

I’ll be writing more about DC in the coming months, but for now, I thought I’d share some random tweets, photos and observations from my trip: …Keep Reading!

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