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Marina Lopatina

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A student and a traveler!

Washington
My story

Hello everyone! My name is Marina, and I live in Washington, DC. I first visited the US in 2016 via the Work&Travel program. I lived in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and worked as a housekeeper. After finishing the university and working for a year, I decided I would love to continue my studies in the US. I had never wanted to leave my home country to find a better life. However, I knew it was crucial for me to grow, develop, and, of course, travel. I realized the US would open new horizons for me.

What do I do here?

My last five years in Russia were spent in Saint Petersburg. To be honest, this city is my favorite among all the cities I have ever been to. I studied in Saint Petersburg State University, traveled around Europe, and even biked though Estonia a couple of times. I was worried I would miss Russia and my lifestyle, and I ended up being right. However, time passed, and I adapted to my new life. I am currently studying and working at a university. My lifestyle has been pretty active, but I am doing my best to find some time for volunteering, hobbies, walking, and traveling – everything that I loved doing back in Russia. I have visited many interesting places, such as the Niagara Falls, Philadelphia, Florida, etc., and participated in various events (I could not even dream about going to a Radiohead or Ólafur Arnalds concert). In general, I am trying to live my best life and enjoy the perks this country offers :)

What's the best of my city?

Washington, DC is, of course, a must-see of the US. It is the capital and a political center of the country with a huge historic background. Leaving the US without visiting Washington, DC, will leave your experience incomplete. The White House, Lincoln Memorial, famous “Pencil” – all these and many other places of interest are right in the city’s heart, all at a walkable distance one from another. There are so many world-famous museums that it is impossible to see everything they offer even if you spend a week there. It is important to understand, however, that Washington, DC is not only about “monumenting.”

My tours secret sauce

Apart from the standard agenda with museums and monuments, I can walk you around a less typical Washington, DC. There are many places in the city that might seem ordinary for the locals but are still unusual and interesting for the people with a different cultural background. This is true for the architecture and city districts (such as Chinatown, for example) as well as for some cultural phenomena, such as 7-Eleven with its cheap coffee and hotdogs, local second-hands, and, of course, street, fast food, and cafes. By streetfood, I do not mean cheap food of a fishy quality. Streetfood is a separate cultural phenomenon that people from all over the world come to try.

Interests
Museums
Places of Interest
Art
Hiking
Nature and Parks
Slumming
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