Spring Renewal in our nation's capital

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 06, 2013

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I woke up today thinking of our Meyer lemon tree planted in a pot on our pool deck. For the last six months, we've been watching its blooms develop into tiny lemons and now many have grown to the size of a small orange. They’re still green though.  I had the urge to take photos today and will again when we return.  And each time we depart and return for the next year, I will take photos.  It’s all about planting something (a fruit bearing tree, an idea, etc.), watchful patient waiting and tending it with water and fertilizer.  In many respects,"Meyer” as I call our lemon tree is our coming year. 

Our home for the next five nights is the Embassy Circle Guesthouse, a B&B in the Dupont Circle section of town, in the heart of what appears to be the embassy district.  After a friendly welcome and orientation to what’s where in the city, we went out for a walk – it was sunny and a crisp 64 degrees.  We walked the leafy streets and gawked at the embassy buildings and guessed at which country it was based on the national flag.  Harvey thinks there are 192 countries in the world.  In all likelihood the majority of them probably have an embassy here.  Washington DC is like ancient Rome – both cities are/were the center of political power.  We pass an embassy for Lesotho and wonder where that might be.  A world geography lesson just walking the leafy quiet streets of Washington, DC!

The architecture – I wish I could tell you the names of different time periods represented – and the gardens surrounding the embassies with luscious bright azaleas in their peak of bloom, white dogwood trees, and Japanese red maples – oh we reveled in the visual variety and contrast from Miami Beach!  It feels so comfortable to be here.  Why has it taken us so long to make this trip?

On our walk, we passed a car that was parked with the officer inside and an open window – it was painted "secret service”.  Harvey commented to the officer that it really wasn’t so secret if his car was labeled as it was.  The officer told us he had said the same thing to his boss!  As we were returning back to our B&B, we heard loud sirens and a series of maybe 8 motorcyles passed us followed by maybe 4 black SUV’s.  As I took a photo, one of the officers on the motorcycle drove toward me and shook his head and flashed his lights – basically telling me to not take photos.  Who knew who was in the cars?    It had to be a very important person!

At happy hour at the Embassy Circle Guesthouse, we met other guests from Ohio, Wisconsin and Edmonton, Canada as well as Laura the owner.  Fun conversation about where are you from, the merits of the metric system, places to eat and stand-out museums and experiences.   And then we learned that it was the President in that caravan with security service motorcycles and blasting sirens!   And so the mystery was revealed.

As I walked upstairs to change for dinner, I said to Harvey that I am so glad we are staying at this intimate and friendly B&B.  It feels so welcoming.

How do you get around in a city?  I’d be using a map.  Harvey uses Google maps and gets walking directions.  He and Google maps are friends and we meet Pablo, his tennis buddy from Miami who works during the week here in Washington for dinner in Georgetown.  We swap stories about Washington, tennis, business careers that include lots of travel.  A familiar face in a new city.  Sweet.

I’m feeling happy to be here! 
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