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Jun. 26th, 2016 | 10:31 pm

I work better when prompted.

1) When you travel to a new city, what kind of points of interest do you research to check out?
I tend to enjoy deliberately getting lost, assuming I feel safe. So really I'm researching neighborhoods and figuring out what is easily navigable on foot and by transit. I also try to find food I can't get elsewhere, but this is somewhat challenging. I'm not particularly interested in the low-hanging touristy get-cheesesteaks-in-Philadelphia-and-Voodoo-Donuts-in-Portland scene, so I try to separate that chaff out and focus on high-quality food.

2) What's the last attraction/museum/landmark you visited?
While we were in Chicago, work held a dinner for us at the Art Institute. And afterward we got access to a couple of the galleries with just us! Pretty sweet deal.

3) Ever been to a cool off-the-beaten-path landmark you'd like to talk about?
The Very Large Array has to qualify. :) By necessity it was sited in a very remote location, so you really need to be dedicated to visit. But dedicated many folks are, as B and I weren't the only tourists there even on a cold evening in December!

4) If someone were to visit the city where you live, what's the coolest thing to go see?
DC has tons of monuments and museums, but honestly the coolest thing I've seen is the Basilica of the National Shrine. While it doesn't have the tie to American history like the more popular attractions in DC, this thing is mind-bogglingly enormous and elaborately decorated, which can keep you busy for hours even if you aren't Catholic (which I am not). It also has dueling gift shops in the basement! And it's way cooler than the National Cathedral, which far more tourists go to see.


Catholics don't build small.



5) Is there any place you've visited that you'd love to go back to?
Tons! I spent far too little time in a few places, notably Seattle. But there are also so many other places I have on my bucket list for first time visits, so return trips may have to wait a couple of years. Also, check my travel tag for more than you ever wanted to know about my travels.
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from: kishenehn
date: Jun. 27th, 2016 12:45 pm (UTC)
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I like your answer to #1, but I mostly wanted to tell you that when I'm asked question #3, one of the places that first comes to mind is just outside your old home town. :)

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Jun. 29th, 2016 03:16 am (UTC)
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I am feeling a bit over that particular destination but I fully endorse that being yours. :)

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M!ke

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from: rockingthemike
date: Jun. 27th, 2016 02:32 pm (UTC)
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oh man, that basilica looks incredible!

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Jun. 29th, 2016 03:17 am (UTC)
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It sure is, and I think I got family suck-up points for taking them there in April!

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