…10 things I’ve learned since moving to Washington DC two weeks ago! A lot has changed in my life over the last two weeks, and today I’m going to switch things up from my usual fashion post. I wanted to talk about the top 10 things I’ve learned since moving, because well everything is different than Charlottesville living! I still feel like a lost puppy on most days, but I am starting to get the hang of things… I think.
1. Always keep a picture of the metro map open on your phone. The metro is so key to your transportation in DC, and it’s important to know where you’re going before you actually go to the metro. The amount of people rushing (and even running) in every which way can be very stressful if you’re confused! On my first day of work, I missed my metro stop and then got on the wrong one! Luckily, it was on my way home so I just kind of laughed at myself. Now I always keep the metro map open on one of my Safari browsers in my phone. The metro surprisingly has really easy signs to understand, but I still depend on my phone’s map. It’s also a nice way to remind yourself that you are in fact getting on the right metro.
2. Download music to your phone. Now this ties into #1. I usually listen to Spotify, and I’m just a free user because I’m too cheap to buy a membership. Yes… I know it’s like $10, but I just never click that ‘upgrade’ button on my phone when the advertisements come on. But now…. I may just have to. Nothing works while you’re on the metro! Pandora, iTunes, and Spotify… they have all failed me. I want music to listen to during my commute, because reading a book just isn’t an option when you’re shoulder to shoulder with a stranger. Spotify membership.. I may be coming for ya if I can’t convince my boyfriend to give me his account info 🙂
3. Google Maps includes Metro routes! I used to just think that Google Maps would only give car, walking, and bus instructions, but nope! Metro routes are included! My mind was blown. If you type in your destination address, it will tell you exactly what metro line to use and what stop to get off of. However, be mindful that your cellular data is not always available when you are using the metro, so you may want to take a screenshot of the directions.
4. People don’t really follow any driving laws. You know the dotted white line to separate two lanes of traffic going in the same direction? Well you can forget those here. Since so many cars are parked alongside the street, you are constantly having to move towards the inner lane that most people just drive in the middle of the two lanes. Be prepared for two lanes to become one lane.
5. It is illegal to talk on the cell phone while driving in DC. Yes, you heard that right. We all know that texting while driving is illegal, but talking on the cell phone while driving is now illegal in DC! It probably isn’t a new law, but it is to me! I was shocked to find this out, and rumor has it that using a cell phone in a crosswalk for pedestrians will soon become illegal too.
6. Michelle Obama attends Soul Cycle. Michelle Obama attends a private lesson every Sunday at the Soul Cycle in Foggy Bottom. If you want to run into the First Lady, book the 3:30 class! It does fill up quickly (for obvious reasons), so you will need to plan ahead!
7. Never run errands on a Sunday evening. I made the huge mistake of going to a Target in DC on a Sunday evening, and omg. I thought I was going to have a panic attack. Wayyy too many people, and I was just so flustered the entire time. The place looked like a wreck, and I couldn’t find anything. Looking back, it was a really dumb decision to do that because most everyone has off on Sundays. As a nurse, I have multiple days off in a week (3 days on, 4 days off), so I plan on running errands doing the workweek! However, there is a Target in Falls Church that is so peaceful. I went yesterday, and barely anyone was there.
8. You will spend hundreds on Uber each month $$$. Make sure you add a column for ‘Uber’ on your budget (I am not kidding unfortunately). Since it is so difficult to park, you will resort to Uber for the practicality of it. I will leave my car parked for an entire week before I move it. It is just so risky to move your car, because who knows if you’ll be able to find a parking spot when you return. Luckily, my apartment complex has a parking lot (free of charge, wooohoo!), but there aren’t enough spots for every residence that lives here. You gotta be smart on when you decide to use your car. Finding a spot on Friday after 4pm? HA yeah right. Also, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to drop a pin wherever you park your car if you are parking blocks away because you may forget exactly where it is…
9. If you didn’t have driver rage, you will now. I thought I was a calm, cool, and collective driver…..until I moved here. People are starting to drive me nutzo, and no one will let you in. Forget the use of a blinker… people don’t believe in that here. You have to be aggressive while also making sure you don’t get into a wreck.
10. I still have so much to learn and figure out! There is so much to do here in DC, and I’m honestly still trying to figure it all out. There is a ton of stuff to do (a lot of free things!), and I have no idea how I’m going to hear about all of the cool places and things to do. Hopefully with the help of my sister, boyfriend, and friends I will learn about everything sooner or later.
I am celebrating my birthday this weekend with a Corey Smith concert tonight and tomorrow we’re going bowling! I haven’t gone bowling in yearsssss, but I am so excited! I also forgot how expensive bowling is, but it’ll be well worth it! Life is about experiences, and I am all about spending money on experiences rather than materialistic items. A fun night out with your friends > that new top you saw online. I hope everyone has a great weekend!