If you’re an intern living here during the summer, and only the summer, you’re in a strange kind of citizenship limbo. You are certainly not one of the fanny-pack wearing, monument-hopping tourists standing still on the left side of the escalator. But you’re not really a local, either.
You haven’t ventured far from your work commute. You want to “take advantage of the city!” as your parents have suggested you do approximately 10,000 times, but God forbid you get caught up in — or mistaken for — one of the swarms of visitors in town for a week-long educational family vacation.
Here are my weekend ideas for how to see the city like the “sorta-local” you are.
1. Hit up Eastern Market. Satisfy your desire to
shop while avoiding the predictable Georgetown stretch (really, you came all the way to Washington from wherever you live to shop at J. Crew?) Eastern Market is a stellar destination for funky jewelry, fresh flowers, food and art prints. Plus, the local public library occasionally has book sales where everything is $1.
2. The discovery channel. You’ve already been to the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, but have you been to the Madison Building? If it’s too hot to be outside, get yourself a reader card. All you need is a photo ID to gain instant access to some real national treasures.
3. Winning games, taking names. The Women’s World Cup Final is SUNDAY! We haven’t made it this far since 1999. It. Is. Amazing. Go to a sports bar. Any sports bar will do. In the meantime, much to the joy of your fellow interns, practice cheering at random intervals: U-S-A!
4. Arts and crafts. For those of you living a little outside the city limits, check out Artscape in Baltimore, the city’s 30th annual free arts festival. A dozen city blocks will be occupied by hundreds of arts and crafts vendors from Friday to Sunday.
5. Can I kick it? After you see Harry Potter (of course you will be seeing Harry Potter) test your knowledge with this quiz. Then, don't miss
this excellent documentary, “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest” about the band, which has its debut at the Landmark E Street Cinema on Friday.
And plan ahead by buying a picnic basket, because Monday, July 25, marks the beginning of the Screen on the Green film series on the National Mall. It kicks off with the oh-so-appropriately titled “In the Heat of the Night.” Which, of course, is just a warm-up to the August 15 showing of “Cool Hand Luke.” The only thing hotter than a D.C. summer is Paul Newman circa 1967.
Most of us are halfway done with our internships. You’ve earned the title of almost-Washingtonian, so what are you going to do this weekend?