Last week I wrote about the crazy energy I felt returning to Washington, DC for a visit. And I know that I've written a lot over the past few months about all the wonderful things about moving to Salt Lake City and the things that I do not miss from my life in Washington, DC. I don't mean to sound negative when I write about those things. Washington was my home for a very long time, and in some ways it will always be a home to me, and there are a lot of wonderful things about the place.
The other day a colleague asked me if I missed anything about DC. My response was "only my friends." It is true that the thing I miss the most is all of the people I love who live there. However, having just spent a few days hanging out in DC, I was reminded of many other things I do miss about the place:
- My friends - former colleagues, old friends, newer friends, friends of friends, family. Living in a place for like Washington, DC for 20 years, where people come and go and return, I have created many networks and groups of friends. I love and miss all of them. This will always be the number one thing I miss.
- The Potomac river, Roosevelt Island and the C&O Canal. Hiking in these places. Seeing the change of the seasons.
- Driving through Rock Creek Park. For six years I drove to work through RCP. Commuting was not fun, but if you have to do it, that was a good route to drive.
- Walking across the Memorial Bridge.
- Driving from VA to DC across any of the bridges and seeing the moon rise up over the city, huge and low to the sky.
- The architecture. I miss looking at all the beautiful houses in the different neighborhoods.
- Chopt. Best salads ever. I miss you all the time. Please come to Salt Lake City! Please come to the west coast.
- Driving by all the monuments - day or night.
- The international flavor of the city and the fact that there are always interesting and fun things going on.
- Happy hours in Dupont Circle.
- Axis - my hair salon for many, many years.
- The African taxi drivers.
- Going out to dinner at the enormous number of excellent restaurants.
- Neighborhoods - there are some places (bars, restaurants, coffee shops, stores) and things I love and miss about all of them: Dupont, downtown, Georgetown, U Street, Logan Circle, H Street, Capitol Hill, etc.
- Being able to walk the city.