One month already! Wow! Time really does fly! I’ve been getting acclimated to my new city, and I must say I can totally see myself loving this place! There is so much to see and do and lots of it is FREE! Who doesn’t love free?! Of course the reason it’s free is probably because housing is so freakin’ expensive that after you pay rent you don’t have any money left over. *shrug You win some, you lose some.
What have I learned so far. . .hmmm. . .
ONE The main lesson is don’t forget your street type designation and make sure to input it in your GPS lest you end up on the wrong street in the wrong neighborhood! Yes, this has happened to me on more than one occasion. Okay, it happens to me EVERY time I drive into “the city” which is why I always leave 15 minutes in advance to give myself time to get lost. There are multiple streets with the same name but different street types. Example a Holbrook Street, Terrace, Boulevard, Avenue and if you let your GPS pick which street type designation or forget to include it in your address you WILL end up on the wrong Holbrook and trust me you don’t want to do that.
Apparently though DC streets follow a quite ingenious naming and grid system that’s supposed to make it easy for everyone, excluding me, to figure out where they are and how far it will take to get to where ever they’re trying to go. Here’s a superb article that details DC’s street naming system. Informative and intriguing.
TWO Curb appeal means nothing. One of the main reasons I’m in the DMV right now is to find housing and get settled before school starts at the end of August aka next month. Scream! Again The Craigslist is The Devil. I am so thankful I have good friends in the area who are allowing me to crash with them while I look for a place to stay. Otherwise I have no idea where I’d end up living if I were only able to do apartment hunting online. DC is one of those places where one side of the street is cool and the other side is straight hood. It’s also a place that adheres to the “can’t judge a book by its cover” adage. The outside may be sketchy but the inside may be amazing. Bottom line – Seeing a property in person is a must!
THREE Rush hour is every hour and public transportation is your friend. I’ve always wanted to live in a city with efficient and reliable public transportation (something Memphis definitely did not provide), so I’m delighted to be in DMV where it’s so easy to hop on the Metro. If you are a public transportation snob, then you are really missing out. There’s nothing like leaving the stress of rush hour traffic to someone else.
Of course there are many more observations but I think that’s enough for now.