#ResidentTourist Link Up | Out & About D.C.

If you asked me about where I’m from, I’d tell you right away that D.C. is my hometown. I grew up in Columbia Heights and went to Murch, Deal and Ellington for school before moving away for college. I am a product of one of the worst public school systems in America and I’m damn proud of it haha. But what I’m not as proud to admit is that the majority of my life was spent inside of a dance studio which meant that I didn’t really get out much as a kid. It wasn’t until I moved away to NYC and went on somewhat of an exploring spree that I realized how much I had taken D.C. for granted. But now that I’m back in the area and the weather is starting to pick up? Whelp, there are no more excuses..

Last weekend, Charles and I hopped on the metro into D.C. We got off at the Smithsonian Station and went for a walk around the National Mall that ultimately led us to The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The MLK, Jr. Memorial is located in the Tidal Basin area directly across from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and surrounding Dr. King’s stone figure, is a granite wall with 16 of his famous quotes engraved. This was my first time seeing the memorial in person and I felt like it provided the perfect environment for reflective thinking. 50 years… It’s been 50 years since Dr. King led the March on Washington and delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech. In 50 years, our country has made huge strides in becoming a more tolerant nation and I think it’s so important to have this memorial as a symbol of how far we’ve come and of how much more there is that still needs to be done… (And that’s about as deep as I’ll get into this subject on the blog) As we strolled along the wall stopping to read each quote, I thought out loud, “I want to see this memorial at night when his statue is all lit up. I want to see the lights drive out the darkness..” and Charles agreed. We now have a midnight stroll around The National Mall planned for our future. I can’t wait! And Dad, if you’re reading this: Don’t worry, I’ll make sure to get some pepper spray before the midnight stroll ;)

And nowwwwww for the link up!


  • I didn't know about this ahead of time but my blog post today is almost perfect, so I'll add it to your link up! I would love to visit the DC area sometime–I'm especially intrigued by all the museums!

  • I love the idea of this link up. I learn about new places of interest and get to bookmark some places for visiting!

  • *blissful sigh* I want to visit DC so bad!!! I'm definitely going to try and make this happen next year! Beautiful pictures Setarra!

  • This is an awesome idea for a linkup! I will have to take part next month. I've been trying to get involved in more stuff around Loudoun County, since DC is kind of a trip to get to these days.

  • so excited to join in with this and check out the other bloggers! it's easy to miss what's right under your nose, but we are all surrounded by fascinating places to discover :) x

  • Love this post! Great photos!

  • I love this link up idea and I love DC. I'm sharing my local post from Vilnius, Lithuania.

    Have a great weekend!

  • Great post! I went to DC once when I was 16 years old (almost 13 years ago!) and I don't remember that MLK memorial but it's beautiful! What I DO remember is how the history of DC was invigorating.. I could feel it everywhere I went. Including the intense cold in February! ;) Thanks for sharing, can't wait to link up next month!!

  • Wow, we really were on the same page with showing MLK, Jr. some love. Awesome photos! DC is now on my list… How's the public transportation around those parts?

  • since i'm watching Scandal now, DC is somewhat on my list. Hahaha… the Pillow was there last weekend and did his classic pose in front of the White House #smh

  • Great link up.
    And your pictures are really nice. I have always wanted to see D.C., and now even more. I love history and all the monuments.

  • Lovely pictures! I would love to visit DC and check out the MLK jr memorial.

    My week slipped away from me (got sick!) so I wasn't able to write my post and link up. Hope you do it again in the future!

  • I love DC but have yet to see the MLK memorial! Looks like I need to make another trip soon. It would be cool to see it at night!

    -Chelsea
    chelsandthecity.blogspot.com

  • I love the idea of this LU!!! I definitely will be contributing in the future. I need to stop taking Houston for granted.

  • I was super upset that I didn't have a post to link up :( BUT I plan on exploring this month so I can be prepared for the next link up.

    I love your pictures. Makes me want to go back to DC to see these amazing sights!

  • This is a great post! I need to get to DC soon – it's really not far away, yet I've only gone once on a trip back home when my husband and I were on vacation! A midnight stroll around the national mall sounds like such a sweet date! :)