Check out where we’ve been so far! Here is a metro map with our pin locators spread around and about the city.
Despite the rain pouring down, Eastern Market was still a joy to see. Most of the vendors had relocated indoors to sell their wares although there were a few brave souls who set up shop down one block. There were many different kinds of things to buy at the Market such as soaps, lotions, artwork, jewelry, and groceries.
All the vendors were friendly and smiling as we perused the market for deals and steals. We were lucky to meet the artist of Van Gogh-inspired Washington DC paintings that day. We had seen his work before at Old Town Alexandria, however I’d forgotten to buy one. I was able to get one at a discounted price and it was the exact piece I was looking for!
One hall contained fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, cheeses and a bakery. I will definitely stop by here if I ever plan to have a gourmet dinner party.
Afterwards, we took a trip to the Capitol Hill Bookstore, which was a second hand bookstore unlike any other I’ve seen. The whole shop felt as if it was haphazardly put together. The bookshelves created extremely narrow spaces and did not follow the usual grid pattern, but created a maze complete with confusing dead ends. Some of the books looked as if they would fall out as soon as you touched them. It is my favourite bookstore out of all the bookstores I have seen in DC.
Peregrine Espresso was our next stop. For the first time ever, the barista knew what I meant when I said “Earl Grey Tea Latte”, also known as London Fog where I come from. It’s apparently a common drink in the northwest of the US and western Canada but not so well known this side of the continent. Shante had a hot chocolate with a beautiful foam leaf pattern on top.
My impression of our Eastern Market trip was that it is chaotic yet delightful and wholly genuine.
Silver Spring’s biggest asset has to be its strong community spirit. After working here for the past two months, I can really feel that people in this town really love where they live and the people they meet. People here have a real appreciation of both art and community.
Shante and I explored downtown Silver Spring and found a giant mural that spanned an entire street. The mural evoked the circle of life and showed space, nature, and humans and their interconnectedness.
Afterwards, we took a coffee break at Zed’s Cafe. Zed’s is a popular spot and I’ve seen a lot of people I know from my internship or others I’ve met in the community stop by. It is also known as ‘one big living room’ and it is definitely a cozy spot to work or relax and eat some apple pie. Zed himself worked the till that day and remembered our last conversation, asking me how I liked DC thus far. I asked him for a place he thought would be great for us to visit and he recommended Acorn Park.
Acorn Park was a great place to learn about the origins of Silver Spring. There is a small pit that contained the original soil of Silver Spring and its namesake. There are mica deposits on the ground that shone silver in the sunlight, and thus Silver Spring was named.
There were also murals at the park that depicted the old Silver Spring. Some murals showed areas that still look similar to what it looks like today. For example, the cinema mural shows a street that still exists, only the building has been built up and with modern additions.
We had lunch at the Big Greek Cafe, which has never disappointed me. It is hands down the best Greek food I have ever had and I will be very sad to leave it behind.
In the next few weeks, there will be an Easter event that I was a participating artist in which will help promote local businesses and art.
Silver Spring is a great community and I am proud to be part of it, if only for a short time.