LeDroit Park Mural on Elm St
My apologies for the blog silence this past week. We moved house on the weekend, didn’t get internet until early this week and I have been preoccupied with unpacking boxes and building furniture to get on my computer in the evening. But things are settling down and I’m back into it.
It’s exciting to be in a new place in a part of DC I haven’t explored much: LeDroit Park, near the NW/NE border. LeDroit Park was originally a whites-only neighbourhood in the late 19th Century but is now a primarily black neighbourhood, although it is, as they say, “up-and-coming”, by which they mean more white professionals are moving in. Like us.
It’s fun discovering this new (for us) part of town, it has a different vibe from Mt Pleasant, the suburb we lived in (and loved) for the past year. We’re within walking distance of the 9:30 Club, DC’s premier live music venue, and not too far from U St, a strip of cafe’s, restaurants, bars and shops.
Our living situation has changed also, K and I have moved in with a couple of friends. I will miss living just the two of us but it’s also cool to be back in a share house, which was always our set-up back in Sydney. This has allowed us to drop our rent while upgrading our facilities. The new house has a huuuge kitchen, massive common room with two fireplaces and our room has a fireplace and ensuite jacuzzi. Pretty nice.
We do have to deal with a pretty relentless amount of traffic noise and very bright street lights outside our big bay windows, which for the first couple of nights, before we got curtains set up, kept us awake and then woke us up early, but we’ll inevitably get used to it.
Whereas before we used to like to say we were neighbours of Barack Obama, as we lived just off 16th st, which runs down to the White House, now we live just off North Capital St, which runs directly to the Capital Building, so we still have that visual reminder that we live in the heart of the empire.
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