Week 6: Exploring D.C.

This week, I was able to take some time to explore D.C. I had a picnic at the White House after realizing it was just around the corner from my office, walked around the monuments at night, and happened to see the Presidential motorcade driving through downtown D.C. Additionally, I was able to take half a day off to go to the National Gallery of Art. While there, I saw paintings by Monet, and discovered a beautiful painting called “Swiss Landscape” by Alexandre Calame. The Swiss Landscape reminded me of the mountains and the lake where I grew up.

Not only did I see the historical parts of D.C., I explored the various neighborhoods and cultures the city has to offer. I walked along the Potomac River and the cobble stone roads of Georgetown. I went to Columbia Heights and tasted food from places around the world. And I went to Meridian Hill Park and participated in the drum circle that is held there every Sunday. As I sat on the park bench tapping my feet and hands to the beat, one of the drummers picked up their drum and brought it over to me, insisting that I play. Seeing a community come together through music and welcome newcomers to participate in their culture was an honor.  It was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. If you are ever in D.C. and have free time on a Sunday around 3:00 PM, I highly suggest going to Meridian Hill Park and witnessing the drum circle for yourself.

I look forward to seeing and experiencing more of D.C. with the rest of the time I have here, and certainly hope to have the chance to live here again so that I can participate in all the city has to offer.  

"Swiss Landscape" by Alexandre Calame. Painting of a patchwork green and gold Swiss landscape with the Alps in the background.