8 Stereotypes About D.C. That, As A Tourist, Are 100% Right

8 Stereotypes About D.C. That, As A Tourist, Are 100% Right

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After one weekend in DC, I've now gotten to see some of the common stereotypes of the city tested. Let's just say that they are stereotypes for a reason.

1. The metro is actually clean

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I don't really have anything to compare it to, but considering how much foot traffic that comes and goes on the metro, it is surprisingly clean. Food and drink aren't technically allowed, which may aid the cleanliness of it, but overall the worst part of it definitely has to be the nasty smell of the newer trains.

2. The drivers are bad

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Coming from a small town, the traffic itself was enough to take me aback. However, on what I was later told was a pretty calm day, the sheer amounts of defensive driving and severe honking that I witnessed assured me that D.C.'s traffic is definitely my person idea of hell.

3. Food trucks for the win

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The sheer number of food trucks, especially by The National Mall, is enough to cover the street side. The variety and popularity of them helped me realize the future of food and what exactly makes them so popular.

4. Different areas of the city can give you very different impressions of the city

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From The National Mall to China Town to Georgetown, the vibes are very different. It's almost as if the areas were different cities completely, not all within walking (or a short metro) distance away.

5. You'd need a week to actually explore the city in depth

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With 19 Smithsonian museums, thousands of unique restaurants, shops, and stops, there is literally an endless amount of things to do in the city. After spending two days there, the main thing I walked away with was the need to come back and see more.

6. Parking is atrocious

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Also with the bad driving comes horrible parking situations. Street parking is a nightmare, and the expensive, tightly packed parking garages aren't much better.

7. The turnover is alarmingly fast

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New stores are popping up all over the place and the number of "closing" signs I saw were almost as many. It's hard to make it in D.C. and it seems that by the time I make it back there it might as well be a whole new city.

8. Whoever came up with the road and metro patterns are geniuses

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So I don't really think this is a stereotype, but after traveling by car and metro in and around D.C., I have a new appreciation for the intricacy with which the roads and lines were made. There is so much traffic that a well designed traffic flow is essential to the working of the city, and these engineers did it well.

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

I will always love you, Akon.
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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parent's house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your 7th-grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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17 Signs You're In A Serious Relationship With A History Major

There's few to come by, but history majors are the mysterious ones for colleges in Liberal Arts and Sciences. They're also going to be your favorite person in the world.

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The vast amount of majors at college and university include engineering, business, tech, even nursing. For some, like myself, history majors are few.

I chose to be one because I've always had a huge interest in history, so why not try and make a career out of it? You may be thinking, "All they do is study dates and figures, nothing else," but in reality, we're understanding the past, living in the present, and comprehending the future. We're also probably the most considerate of your emotions and feelings, so give us a chance, folks.

Here are 17 reasons why it will be benefitting to you to date a history major.

1. When you ask what the date is and they tell you...before giving us a "this day in history" fact

If you ask what the date is, and it's June 6th, be careful of being warped into a whole D-Day fact from your S.O. It's an important day, but obviously you didn't ask for a history lesson haha!

2. "Come over"; "Can't, writing a paper about the Renaissance"

It's pretty self-explanatory.

3. Seeing the countless biographical books and DVDs in their room

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If they have "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu, they're a keeper. Wife/husband them immediately.

4. Reading dozens of emails from History.com...

5...then reading "this day in history" instead of their texts

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6. When you're walking and they spot a historical place (instead of somewhere to eat)

"Oh look, there's a nice bistro over there." "Yeah, hold on, babe, look at that Civil War statue of Stonewall Jackson."

7. When you see them quoting historical people for their Instagram captions

8. Posting historical photos on their Instagram (instead of posting one of you two at a formal)

9. SENDING YOU HISTORICAL MEMES ON INSTAGRAM THAT YOU STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND

You try to laugh, but you really don't get this meme about Teddy Roosevelt

10. They have a calendar of either WWII or Vietnam in their room

I have one featuring the Civil War, so just trust me on this one.

11. "Good thing I have papers and not tests," they say as you cram six months of Algebra in your brain for a final

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12. "Dropping" them off at class and there's only six other students in the classroom

It's like high school detention in there with that class size!

13. When they're excited to see something at the Smithsonian

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"IT'S THE RUBY SLIPPERS FROM WIZARD OF OZ HOLY SHIT!" they exclaim.

14. Watching historical documentaries on Netflix instead of an actual movie

"Babe, Infinity War." "Yeah, that's great, but like check out this documentary on the Battle of Britain."

15. Probably have Dean Martin, Motown, or classical music on their playlist

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16. Having one final (but turns out to be a take home paper)

Those lucky bastards.

17. Writing their thesis at the bar on your anniversary...and you're not even mad because you know they love what they study

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If that's not true love, I don't know what is.

So there you have it, folks, some signs on your S.O. who is a history major! Happy loving!

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