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FAQ about our move to Washington DC



Before we left Arizona, I kept finding myself answering the same group of questions whenever the topic of our move to D.C. was brought up. I figure some of you might be wondering a few of the same things too, so without further ado, I give you: the FAQ!

Why are we here?
This last March, Camaron found out he was accepted into a really cool internship in Washington D.C. through ASU. It's a pretty big deal, and we were up for an adventure, so we decided to go for it and move to Washington D.C. for the duration of Camaron's internship. Even though it's not for too incredibly long, we didn't want to be apart and have Camaron just go on his own ...especially since Sloane is so little. I would hate for Camaron to have to miss out on those vital first few months (Newborns change so much in such a tiny amount of time!).

How long are we staying?
Camaron's internship is only a semester long, so we will be here from August until December. It's also Camaron's last semester of school (graduation in December!!!), so we would have had to move out of our house once Cam graduated anyway (we were living in ASU married student housing -you can only live there while enrolled in school).

Did we bring the car?
We decided to leave the car in Arizona. We didn't want to have to drive it across the country. And did you know Washington D.C. has the worst traffic in the country? We found that out first hand while my mom was here -she had rented a car and drove us around a bit. Yikes. We seriously had to add an hour to most of our plans just to compensate driving time -mostly because we kept getting lost, but still. And luckily, the public transportation system here is pretty nice. We have bus stop right next to our place, and a metro stop just a short walk away.

Where are we living?
We were able to find a nice/safe/furnished place to live in Northwest DC. It's an English basement, so memories from our Provo basement apartment are already flooding back. We will be moving in probably next weekend. Right now, we are living at Camaron's cousin's apartment in downtown DC. Camaron's cousin is out of the country right now, so we are lucky that he's letting us stay here while he's gone. It's been extra fun being here because it's super close to the capitol and all of the fun, free touristy activities:) Also, there's a pool on the roof. Swanky.

What's next?
As I mentioned before, Camaron graduates this December. So, he's already begun applying for post-graduation jobs. Some are in AZ, some are elsewhere. In the next upcoming months, we'll know more about job offers and such and then be able to figure out what's next.

What is Camaron's internship?
Camaron has been studying at ASU's Cronkite school of Journalism, and is planning to go into producing. His internship is through ASU. They have a news bureau in downtown DC. He'll be writing news stories for their website and also be doing some film work for them. Basically, he'll be doing really cool stuff that will look awesome on his resume.

Have you ever been to DC before?
Neither of us have ever been here before, so this is a whole new experience. So far, it's been really fun ...but also a little intimidating. I'm still not real confident about my subway skills yet, but that will come with time. For all of you who have been here before, I'd love recommendations of fun things to do, see, and your favorite places to eat. Heavy emphasis on yummy places to eat. We want to be sure to experience as much of DC as we can in our short amount of time living here.

2 comments

  1. What a great idea for a post. We are proud of Camaron for being chosen for this internship. And we are super proud of YOU for turning what could have been a major upset to your life into a fun, exciting time of new adventures.

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  2. you are in a GREAT place for free activities! i'll leave the food recommendations to yelp or urban spoon since there is good food everywhere in DC (and pricey). there are 3-4 cafe rios out along the beltway if you are desperate for utah-based chains. as for things to do, you're hot on the trail with visiting the FREE smithsonians (yes, tourist season will wind down when the weather cools off and you'll have them all to yourself on weekdays, trust me). some are not directly on the mall so make sure to venture off the worn grass area to see them. if you know someone who works in the pentagon, white house, or capitol pull strings and get a tour of EVERYTHING you possibly can. the pentagon you have to schedule out months in advance so get on that! the national cathedral is BEAutiful, thats a must. arlington cemetery and the changing of the guard, another must. walking/hiking along the GW trail. georgetown (area and university) is super cute as is dupont circle and the capitol area. chinatown is worth exploring if you're into that. if you have the time and money, mount vernon is great to see but its not free. get yourselves to the lighting of the national tree and thanksgiving festivies. the tree lighting is broadcast on TV and always has great musical artists (i never made it down because it falls during the week). i WISH i was closer to come enjoy it all with you!

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