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.
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 :)
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.”
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.