Summer in the City

DC: Last Look

Bye, DC!

This will be my last post about DC (for now!) so I wanted to share some final thoughts on the city.

I never did change my mind about the public transit system. It is comprehensive in that it serves many communities and runs from early in the morning until late at night. But there never seemed to be a bus or a train right when I needed one, and I would often wait 30 minutes or more for the bus in the evenings.

I missed DC for the first time just over a week ago, when I felt a pang of sadness at leaving behind…

the food.

I am sure this will become apparent as I continue blogging, and comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me personally, but, I’m a bit of a foodie. One of my favorite things about traveling is trying new cuisines. I consider myself an adventurous eater, and am excited to taste delicious meals all over the world.

For those looking to try something new without leaving the US, DC is home to many wonderful restaurants offering options from a myriad of different countries. In my 3 months there, I ate Korean, Mexican, Ethiopian, Spanish, Thai, and Indian food–to name just a sampling.

In addition to the restaurant scene, I especially enjoyed the food truck culture that exists in DC. I rarely brought my lunch to work, half out of laziness and half out of a desire to try the 20+ food trucks that regularly parked near the Department of Education. My fellow interns and I would check Food Truck Fiesta to see which trucks would be near our building that day, and even the people who had packed lunches would often abandon them in favor of food truck food.


Seriously, though, this truck serves all different kinds of macaroni and cheese. How could you pass that up? (Vegans and the lactose intolerant are excused from answering that rhetorical question.)

Basically, I’ll miss the food and the people in DC; the public transit and the humidity, not so much.

Emma Holliday is well-traveled. After 5 years in Boston, she and her husband upended their lives to move to Berlin where she is currently writing a (funny) book about travel and grief and attempting to learn German.

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