Thursday, June 17, 2010

What is there to do in DC?

WHAT IS THERE TO DO IN THE DC AREA? I have lived in this area for the past 11 years, and I always seem to be bored out of my mind. Well, some of you might ask me, don't you go visit all the monuments, museums, and the White House? Clearly, it's easier for a person who doesn't live here to say that. Monuments, museums, and the White House are so last millenium. Most Washington area residents would prefer doing other things than walking around and taking pictures like tourists. I am one of those people. DC is a wonderful city, but you have to look hard to find something to do, or a place to go.
The other day, I was at my friend's house bored to death...and clearly nothing to do. So I remembered about a time in high school when we took a random field trip to Hains Point, a park that stretches from the Anacostia river to the Potomac river. It wasn't much, but I enjoyed it because of my love for scenery and nature. So, remembering the good time I had, I proposed to my friend Edmund that we drive to Hains Point, but he was hesitating. I promised him that he would like it, knowing that he didn't care for nature and scenery that much. Once we got there, we walked around and started to see common people fishing in the Anacostia river. That was enough scenery to excite me. On the other side of the river, we saw nice architecture which always catches my eye.
At Hains Point, both Edmund and I enjoyed our experiences, and we ended the day by eating fried Snapper on the Wharf in Southwest. What I learned is that the best things in life are free or extremely cheap. It beat going to the Smithsonian Museums and wasting money on parking. The experience also made me realize that I am a very simple person who doesn't demand too much from life. If you ever get the chance to visit Hains Point while in DC, do it. I promise that you won't be disappointed. And go across the Anacostia to get some good fish, shrimp, and other seafood at the Wharf, or what others call the Southwest Waterfront. Also, Phillips Restaurant is a great restaurant, even though it is a bit expensive, but you can only have the experience once. If you can afford it, there's no harm in going. DC is not all about museums and the White House. There's a whole other side of DC people don't get to see because of the domination of these monuments. If you know someone in DC, please don't waste your money and time on those tour buses. Let your friend or host take you around the real nice places within the city and the metro area. Trust me, it beats riding some tour bus and doing this boring routine thing. Get to know the residential parts of DC as well, and neighborhood restaurants, and visit the local Eastern Market on Saturday or Sunday. YOU WILL ENJOY YOUR VISIT!!!!