DC Living: DC Culture

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Like I’ve said before, I’ve lived in DC for a little over a year now.

There are just some things that are a little bit different than what I am used to. It seems normal now (for the most part) but was strange when I first got here.

  • On escalators, if you value your life, you will stand on the right so people in a hurry can walk up the escalator on the left.
  • Charges for plastic bags. Bring your own reusable bags. Otherwise stores charge five cents/bag.
  • Happy Hours and Brunches are big things here. (This might just be my personal preferences, but I am not really into either).
  • Running and biking are normal — year-round. Yes, people bike in the snow.
  • But when it DOES snow and things close, the city SHUTS down. For northerns, it’s a great time to explore the museums brave enough to stay open. It’s GLORIOUS because no one is on the roads.
  • DC sidewalks – dangerous in all kinds of weather. In the summer, you figure out what side is mainly shaded because it’s dang hot. In the winter, you figure out where the sliver of sunlight can shine through to melt some of the ice. (*sidenote: someone yelled at me for walking on the sidewalk last winter… they said I should walk in the road, which is at least plowed a little bit — DC doesn’t clear their sidewalks — it’s up to residents) Rain, well, it makes it slippery.
  • Speaking of rain… it’s just as bad as snow in DC for shutting things down/not motivating people to GO ANYWHERE!

DCers — what else am I missing?

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