Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C., USA (North America) – April 2018 — I live in Washington D.C., our nation’s capital. What’s it like? In short: an absolute circus — but we wouldn’t have it any other way. This is, needless to say, an incredibly political town. When you walk down the street in Los Angeles, you can expect to hear people collaborating over their latest screenplay idea. When you walk down the street in D.C., you can expect to hear people ARGUING — loudly — over the hot-button political issue of the day, whether that’s the legalization of abortion or something as ostensibly trivial as Trump’s inauguration crowd size. But here’s what makes living in this town so damn lovely: When they get done arguing (and by ‘done’ I mean tired; neither side will EVER change their mind), you’ll watch these two strangers disappear into a pub and share a cold one. Because as partisan as folks are here, they are also deeply patriotic and loyal to the country they serve. They are Americans first. This constant pendulum swinging between discord and unity — THAT’S what it’s like to live in Washington D.C.! And it hasn’t changed even slightly since I got here 2 decades ago, through multiple presidencies. And yes, that includes Mr. Donald J Trump himself!

Washington, D.C., USA (North America) — April 2018 — Washington, DC (20002) is where I currently live, and have for about 3/4 of a year. The public transportation is good, namely the metro, but there are pockets that do not have easy access to that. The most important thing to know is that the city is divided into quadrants (Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast), which are based on the location of the Capitol as the center point. All addresses require the quadrant as an identifier, which is important for mail and general instruction, and it makes things more efficient because by simply looking at that piece of the address it is easy to get a sense of where something is, and what route and type of public transport to take. The summers are hot and humid, but for the most part being outside is doable. Rain comes year round, and in the summers it seems to be harder; it can go from cloudy to pouring down rain that has better water pressure than the average bathroom shower in a matter of seconds. There is a diverse mix of people living in DC. There are grad students, as well as foreign exchange students who mostly speak english fluently and so it is a great place to learn about other cultures. It is also a bit of a revolving door, with students, interns, and jobs based on the political climate, it doesn’t feel like a city that is as close-knit as it could be, as if everyone has in the back of their mind that they are leaving soon or other people are. The city is not that big, walking is doable in more cases that an average city, parking is not worth the hassle. Overall, it is one-of-a-kind, and can be surreal to see the history and history in the making.

Washington, D.C., USA (North America) — February 2018 — I live in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. Like much of the Mid-Atlantic United States, we have a unique climate which can fluctuate wildly due to the convergence of multiple weather systems from different areas. In the winter, we receive cold air from Alberta Clippers, snow from Nor’Easters, and warm rain events that move up from the Gulf of Mexico. Spring can be clear and mild, with beautiful 70-degree days, or cool and rainy with foggy, 40-50 degree weather and mist. The summers are almost consistently hot and muggy, with temperatures frequently topping 90F and occasionally exceeding 100F, while humidity stays upwards of 70%. This is unfortunate, because summer is when many tourists come to visit, and when many local outdoor events are planned, yet it is the most miserable of all seasons in terms of weather. Fall is arguably the nicest time of year, as temperatures can be in the 60’s and 70’s with plenty of remaining sunshine – perfect for outdoor activities and football tailgates!