Staff Picks: Live Like a Local

Want to make sure that you don’t stand out as a visitor during your first few weeks in DC? No one wants to look like a tourist when trying to make the transition to living and  working in a new city.  Here, TFAS staff members recommend some ways to blend into the city scene.

“Many Metro stations have multiple exits are located blocks apart. Before leaving the underground, check a map to be sure you are using the right one. Having to walk a few extra blocks can easily make the difference in being late or not to an important event.”
Mary Connell, Director, Recruitment and Admissions

“To avoid the busy metro traffic around the Smithsonian Station, get out instead at Metro Center or Chinatown and walk down to the National Mall.  For a day already filled with fighting the crowds in museums, this will minimize the crowd on public transportation AND give you a chance to see more of the city!”
Kristen Wright, Assistant, Special Programs

“Save your feet, wear commuter shoes. Wear flip flops or flats to get to the office. Then put on your nicer, less comfortable shoes for the work day.”
Emily Hill, Manager, Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service

“Caught up in the cupcake craze but don’t have an hour to wait in line for the ever popular Georgetown Cupcake?  Try Baked and Wired!  This lesser known cup-cakery is also located in Georgetown and their sweet treats rival those seen on TLC’s DC Cupcakes!”
Haley Heieck, Coordinator, Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems

“One of the best ways to live like a local is to listen to local radio stations. WTOP offers 24/7 news with a local twist and The Washington Examiner is a good free newspaper that will keep you abreast of local news as well.”
Joe Starrs, Director, Institute on Political Journalism & Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems

“While I am happy about all the new restaurants and chefs coming to Washington D.C., the classic remains the half-smoke. Visit a hotdog stand at least once to try one. One tip – the hotdog stands at the National Mall are more expensive. Visit the ones close to DuPont Circle, Metro Center or the Farragut area.”
Jonathan Tilley, Coordinator, Institute on Business and Government Affairs

“Metro etiquette is one of the most revealing things to indicate whether or not you’re new to DC.  Stand to the right on the metro escalator, and walk to the left if you’re in a rush. Also, when getting on a Metro during peak hours, actually move towards the center of the car. If there’s a seat open, fill the one in closest to the window first.  It is never more frustrating for someone to get on a Metro with a long commute ahead of them then when they see one empty seat towards the middle of the car they can’t get too.” 
Elizabeth Matecki, Assistant, Recruitment and Admissions

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