Tuesday, April 20, 2021

April '21 Washington DC Trip Observations

Our recent trip to Washington DC was the first time that we have traveled in over fourteen months. My trip observations include:
  • Everyone in Washington DC wore masks constantly, including walking outside on the street.
  • It seemed like there were fewer cabs. Ubers were more expensive and took a lot longer to arrive.
  • I was dumbfounded by the number of bikes and scooters spread across the city and surrounding countryside!
  • I was shocked at the number of people in the Dulles D Concourse on Monday night when we got off the shuttle bus.
  • While working remotely from DC seemed like a good idea, it was awkward without my full desk setup and dealing with the three hour time difference.
    • When we worked remotely in October, I took my entire home set up with us.
    • I spend a good deal of my day in meetings and touching base with individuals and teams. Unless, I wanted to work until 8 pm, the time difference made this tricky with a narrow window for connecting with people. Standing meetings late in the day Pacific time were a particular struggle. As a result, I don't think that I would try to work remotely on the east coast for any length of time.
  • After drinks on Saturday night, Sophie, her mom and her sister went to dinner at DAS Ethiopia Cuisine. Sharon and I have walked by this restaurant more times than I can count. We really need to eat there in the future!
  • I often end up with a head cold on our longer trips to colder climates. On this trip, I started to feel under the weather on day seven, but by the last day of the trip was feeling stronger. The head cold didn't progress into a chest cold with a lingering cough. I have to figure out how to get out of this pattern.

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