i don’t get the tourist hate. i love ’em.
-tweens on a trip to the city, 20 dollar bill burning a hole in their pocket, you keep those pretzel carts and dollar dollar ice cold bottle of water people in business
– whole family driving the minivan (or RV) to dc and parking on the mall. they have a sense of optimism about the availability of parking that we should all have. but if anyone deserves a street parking space, it’s those folks who drove all the way from illinois.*
– foreign tourists who go NUTS for the squirrels and the squirrels who go NUTS for them
they all have the perspicasity to climb the steps of the lincoln memorial which i absolutely do not and i thank them for it because otherwise who knows, it might have gotten torn down to make way for another shake shack YUCK.
I miss all the tourists and wish for their speedy return.
*I used to never drive to the Mall because I was like, there is no parking. BUT now there is! At least when I go ( well, when I went) with il Bambino.
related: I think it’s a travesty that the National Parks Service is charging to park on the Mall. https://www.nps.gov/nama/planyourvisit/parking.htm
Ithink it should be free like the olden days. The NPS says, use public transit but Metro costs like 20 dollars for a family of four. So it’s like making the Smithsonian cost money when it should be free.