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Coming To D.C.

The most beautiful nightmare you'll experience

Coming To D.C.
Abbas Ispahany

DC is both wonderful and awful at the same time. Many people come to this city thinking that it is a utopia. I will warn you it's not. When you come to DC, expect the following things and be prepared.

1. Tourists

They're every where. Nobody likes traipsing through crowds of confused people. They don't understand how the city works. Some may argue that us students are tourists becasue we technically don't live in the DMV area all year around. However, the difference is you don't see us walking around with FBI "secret agent" caps.

2. Price Tag

Want an apartment? That'll be 750 for two people to live in a studio meant for one person. Need groceries? Whole Foods and Trader Joe's suck thousands of dollars out of your bank account a week. You can try and go to Safeway, but either way you're gonna spend more than you can afford on groceries.

3. The Clubs

Middle aged men hitting on college girls? That's what a night at Ultrabar looks like. It's nothing like the movies, trust me. Unless you're Tyga, nobody's going home with anyone at the end of the night.

4. The Metro

It's supposed to be the epitome of public transportation. However, it's situation is the same as in the clubs. It's middle age men hitting on college interns. Consider yourself lucky if you even catch a train, 99% of the time the metro is late or it just doesn't show up.

5. Concerts

The good news is that concerts in D.C. are everywhere. The bad news is that you're either too broke for them or they get sold out almost immediately. Any time Justin Bieber comes to the Verizon Center, 90% of your newsfeed people asking, "Is anyone selling Bieber tickets too broke LOLOLOLOL?"

6. People

People here talk about the following two things: the election and themselves. Expect alot of ego strokers talking about how they scored three internships, and started their own business that sends crayons to countries experiencing droughts and famine.

7. The Weather

It's like congress; one minute your praising it, and the next minute your protesting it. In the summer, its hot and in the winter, it's cold. Fall and spring are what you have to watch out for.

8. Uber

One call during rush-hour, expect to wait 2X more than you would during off peak ours. The metro is pricy, but this can be even worse.

9. Presidential Motorcade

Seeing Obama's convoy of police cars and chevy suburbans is cool at first. Then, you get stuck waiting for it to pass. I don't care how much you say you love Obama Car you will be cursing at the top of your lungs.

10. Shut Downs

Pray it doesn't happen. All the museums close, nobody gets their trash cleaned up and metro runs on reduced frequency so the citizens of DC are left with dirty streets, zero trains (lets face it metro can barely get trains on a regular schedule)

11. Snow

It sucks the city can barely operate under clear skies. When a dusting of snow falls on the ground everyone freaks out. Stores run out of food, and people lose control of themselves.

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