Monday, August 1, 2011

Towers of Babel

I love taking in all the sights the District of Columbia has to offer. Second best is taking in the tourists taking in the sights! In the past few weeks I've seen more Europeans than I ever did during my time abroad (this is an exaggeration- artistic creativity, I'm running with it). My first week living here a poor Japanese man came up to me with a map begging for directions. I still have no clue where he wanted to go, the map he was pointing so desperately at was sooooo not in English and when you combine my horrible sense of direction with general newness to the area he could not have approached a worse person.
 

Still, this was my time to be a diplomat for America! It was my civic duty to help this tourist. I squint at his map, look around blindly for a street sign, anything which will help me figure out what the hell I'm doing, there is nothing. I look again at his map, and poke knowingly at the small drawing of Dupont Circle surrounded by Japanese, "That," I tell him, "is somewhere over there" with an offhand gesture that lands somewhere near CVS, and walk off as fast as I can. Hopefully the next opportunity I have to represent this great nation runs a little smoother.

 

Being surrounded by so many different languages is waking up my need to travel! Until then, I'm going to close my eyes, sit back, eavesdrop and pretend I'm in France!



Today I moseyed off to see some of the memorials on The Mall.




 Holla, Jersey!



Reflecting pool, my isn't it reflective?! Normally it's full of water and lovely but (whomp whomp) it was leaking so they drained it.



Honest Abe just hanging in his crib.









 Vietnam War Memorial


Construction is everywhere!!

 



 Oh my god this salad. I pity you all for not getting to eat it (not that I would share), really I do. I'm throwing caution to the wind with my Low Residue Diet (because, lets be honest, it really sucks). Ulcerative Colitis be damned, let there be veggies and fruits!

I'm starting to run out of stuff to do here! I feel like I've been to every Museum in town. Suggestions good people!


Now if you will excuse me I'm off to paint my nails something glittery :)

58 comments:

  1. gorgeous. i envy eastcoasters :) take a look at my sight seeing adventures on my blog too! :)

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  2. It looks like you had a fantastic time! I'm about ready for a little vacation :)
    -Ellie

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  3. DC is my fave city in the world! I still miss it every day!

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  4. Thanks for following!!
    keep checking out if u can

    xx

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  5. can u believe I live in NYC and haven't taken the bus over to dc? gotta get on that.

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  6. very interesting photos!
    thanks for commenting and visiting my blog :)
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  7. It must be so nice to explore around town! I'm too lazy to go out sometimes and I need to fix that because seeing new places can be so fun! xoxoxoo

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  8. You are so funny and take such beautiful pictures! I am completely directionally challenged, and can't even give directions in the city I have been living in for 3 years. I am impressed you could help since you have only lived in DC for such a short time! Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. I am a new follower :)

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  9. I love exploring and looking around.

    Hmm only suggestion have you tried DC cupcakes?

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  10. I haven't been to D.C. before. Looking at your pictures makes me feel like I should pay a visit there. :)

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  11. wow you are so lucky! i love america, i wish i was there. i want to be in NY :D

    thanks for the sweet comment as well :D

    natalie
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  12. This is so cool and I went to DC a few years ago, your pics are really nice. It is a great city.

    xoDale
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  13. katie ~ lovely blog!! thanks for your sweet comments, i really appreciate it! i'm originally from D.C. {NW area} love dupont circle, D.C. is such a great place ~ i've gotta get back there again at some point!
    xo ~ kristina

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  14. is it unbearably hot there? looks gorgeous regardless!

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  15. Awesome photos and such a lovely and humorous read. Thanks for making me chuckle! Continue to enjoy DC! xx from Soleil

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  16. nice place! i wanna go on a vacation!
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  17. Cute photos!

    Xx

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  18. sounds like you're getting out and about.
    for how long are you there?

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  19. wonderful city...but i havent been there

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  20. wow, such cool photos! and I really enjoyed reading this post :)

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  22. Beastie! I used to live in D.C.; I love all your epic adventures and pictures to go alongside :D! I hope you're having an amazing time studying there, it is a wondrous city.

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  23. How nice to stumble upon these beautiful spots. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog!
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  24. It's so nice exploring towns, so thanks for sharing!
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  25. Looks like you had a great time, with some great pictures to follow :)
    thank you so much for your comment.
    xoxo

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  26. Great post - you made me smile - thanks for your comment and always happy to follow x

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  27. Ah, I'm so jealous. I can't wait to go to the States and see all the sights... now, to save.

    Andrea x

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  28. you had a great time for sure! :D nice picks

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  29. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! :) really cool!!
    i am following you now!
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  30. Thank you for you're comment on my blog! I think it's amazing that you have moved there, I would love to visit Washington D.C. sometime! Good luck with finding new things to do. Following :)

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  31. Haha, that story about the Japanese tourist is sort of funny... Also makes me hope never to come across you if I ever happen to go to DC and get lost there... Well, but my map would be in English and I speak that language, plus, it would be in the future, when you are better acquainted with you new home, so I guess things would work out just fine.

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  33. I miss DC - I lived there for a summer in 2099 and had an a amazing time!

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  34. Haha, your directions - brilliant. Glad you're having fun x

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  35. Pretty pictures! I love walking around DC!

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  36. Looks like someone had a great time, I love those pictures ^^


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  37. looks like you had a great time, I love those architectures! so beautiful :D

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  38. very nice photos! would love to visit DC once ;)

    xxx,

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  39. great photos thanks for the comment!

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  40. I live only a couple hours from D.C. It's a beautiful city! I hope you are transitioning well, and that you learn the city fast!

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  41. I've never been to DC! I've never really wanted to go, there are many more places I'd rather spend my money and time getting to. But I'd never pass up the chance to visit. I love your pics!

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  42. Haha you're too funny! It is so hard to give directions! I do the same in NYC - someone asks where anything is and I half guess and send them off!

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  43. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Enjoy your trip in DC. It's a great place and I love it too :)

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  45. lovely post!
    I love your blog!
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  46. I have never been to D.C., but it is my dream to go there someday. I feel like it is a place that everyone should visit at one point in their lives, and I am severely lacking!

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  48. Ohhh my god, I love everything about these posts! I'm such a picture whore and I love that you took so many pictures. Your stories about your diplomatic duty cracked me up too - and that salad looks RIDICULOUS (especially considered that all I've eaten so far today is Diet Coke, so now my stomach is growling in anger over the fact that I haven't had a delicious salad like that!).
    xox, loving your blog!

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  49. poor guy haha! i hope i can visit there one day too

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  50. Great post! Sounds like you had a great time--always fun to explore a new place!

    xo Mary Jo

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  51. very nice!
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