I'm now in a position to make a more nuanced evaluation. Here's what I like and don't like so far about the city.
Perhaps it all looks better in the spring and summer when the trees bloom, turn green and give the eyes some relief from the monotonous gray stone.
The security is also a real pain. Every door at every building had the same drill: run everything through the machine, including yourself. Fortunately there are tunnels that run under the street from one building to another so if you don't care about sunshine and fresh air, you can avoid the security hassle by staying underground the entire day.
I do like the neighborhood we are staying in: Adams Morgan. It's a residential area that looks to be gentrifying. Some lovely houses and apartment buildings. Lots of color - a real relief from the Hill. The apartment we are renting for the week is lovely with hardwood floors, a kitchen and two bedrooms. Here are a few pictures:
|Apartment/houses in Adams Morgan|
|Senator Patty Murray's office|
This morning we had a meeting with the American Bankers Association and then we returned to the Hill for a few more meetings. I had a chance to meet with someone in Senator Patty Murray's office (Washington State). The senator's offices were really something - wood paneling on the walls and nice cushy chairs to sit in.
There was also a stunning sculpture by Calder in the courtyard of the Hart building.
After that meeting we had to be over at Treasury in the late afternoon so we decided to walk and finally I found something to love in Washington: the Botanic Garden.
I could have stayed there all day but the last meeting of the day was a must (Treasury) so we left, walked past the Washington Monument and arrived at our destination with enough time to sit on a bench, rest our feet, and have something to eat and drink before entering the building.
And the day ended with a debriefing and a drink at the Old Ebbitt Grill.