But this 2008 list of things Whitney Matheson would miss most about DC has stuck with me since before I ever had any inkling that I’d move to the East Coast. I read this list when I was living in Indiana after college, reporting in my hometown. I’d never been further east than Ohio at that point and I remember thinking that Washington was a really magical place. By some insane stroke of luck, I got to move there and I got to live there, so I found out that, in many ways, it was.
I miss DC today. Or, I miss what DC felt like when I was 24, broke and happy and more of a country bumpkin than I ever realized. Everything felt new, like a gift.
Anyway, I love New York and think it’s where I belong (I’m a nomad, so take that with a grain of salt), but I’ve always thought this list really brings out the loveliness of DC. Most of all, though, it reminds me how quickly things can change.
Right, then. Prince Harry’s visit to the USA is as good a time as any to point out that the mutual curiosity shared between British and American cultures is as intense as ever. It’s also a good time to launch this Tumblr.
When Winston Churchill coined the phrase “special relationship” to describe the connection between the two nations in 1946, he was describing two countries whose commitments to similar ideals – for better or worse – have historically meant a keen interest in each other. “Special”, sometimes, doesn’t even begin to cover it.
It’s about time I followed this Tumblr!