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Being in DC was very surreal, for me. Growing up, you hear & see the monuments everywhere.

I remember the first time I went to Rome. After being on a flight all night, we landed to a new Italian day. We caught a cab from the airport to the apartment we had rented with a fellow family. I was 16, and caught up in the idea of romantic Italy... the boys, the art, the food! As we passed the Colosseum, I was in awe. I had seen pictures, but couldn't believe that it was actually real. Right there in front of me. Italy was magical, but I realized during that trip, that it too is a city. Suddenly all my romantic notions went out the window.

That happened to me in DC. Seeing the monuments I was struck. But then looking over I saw coffee shops & people running to work.

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