Naturally as a huge Scandal fanatic, I'd choose DC as top (after NYC) place to revisit as a part of my repatriation process. That, and many trips to the fantasy land of American supermarkets, watching a lot of HGTV and drinking water from the tap. Yet, I couldn't help but think it serendipitous that after only a couple months back in the US and on the brink of relaunching The Homesteadista, that I would have found myself sleeping a few blocks north of the the big house where Mrs. O lays her head each night. She’s a mom, a working one, a city woman, an advocate for family, education, healthy living, and building community. Actually, despite the thrill of a mini-getaway, my 4-day trip was for work (I'm an educational consultant by day). As committed as I am of establishing a green and mindful home and lifestyle, I'm as committed to toting those values and efforts with me even when I'm on the road, in the air and in new city.
I had good sleeps - thanks to the Hamilton Hotel's complimentary aromatherapy room spray and bath oil. I ate well - The Bistro Lepic and Boqueria (organic, creative, international and yum). I planned to visit the Common Ground but time escaped me. For sure next time. During my walks and Metro rides (no Ubers, but a few incredibly entertaining taxi rides), I noticed the difference in access to fresh food, attention to health and wellness and green resources from neighborhood to neighborhood.
DC, as a shared space was still an incredibly segregated town. If not by race and ethnicity (gentrification took care of that), by economics and the perceived values attributed to that demographic. I wonder if businesses, lobbyist, politicians truly believe urbanites, particularly people of color don't have the interest, much less the buying power to sustain green ventures? With urban gardens, micro farms and food coops popping up on abandoned lots and Edible Schoolyard Project type programs becoming mainstream, it will be sooner than later that "urban green" becomes a political stand in of it's own. Now that's radical. And good for us all!