Somewhere is our new travel blog, interviewing people from different cities around the world. Just as Sorato embraces the story in each unique Moroccan Kilim bag, we wanted to share with you the story of a different place and person each week. We value individuality, and every piece we hand make is one of a kind- just like the people of the world. Get to know them and the amazing cities they live in. Hopefully, it will inspire you to travel and use their tips...
Kiyana Grimes- Washington, D.C. Interview
Kiyana is currently a junior at Howard University, in Washington DC. There she studies economics and is on the track team. She lived in California and Georgia, and is currently studying abroad in Paris, France. Even though DC is primarily known for its monuments, she believes there is so much more to DC and wants people to experience the beautiful capital.
If DC was an animal...what would it be?
I would say a shark. DC can be a very cold and serious city because it's the capital of the US. Everything is centered around politics and the city is full of politicians and lobbyists aka SHARKS!
Any cool relaxing places to visit?
Visiting the Smithsonian museums along the National Mall can be really busy and hectic but visit the Hirshhorn Museum (an art museum that is more low-key) which has a Sculpture Garden as well.
For a night out on the town where would you go?
Adams Morgan neighborhood, more specifically the U St. corridor. You can have a casual night and bar hop or get dressed up and go out to clubs in this area. Where most college students from George Washington University and Howard University go out.
Where are some good shopping areas?
Tyson's Corner is located in Virginia just outside of Washington, DC that's accessible by metro. HUGE MALL has every store you could ever need. Also M Street, a street lined with shops and restaurants in the quirky Georgetown neighborhood of DC.
Any favorite brunch spots?
Brunch Busboys and Poets: a restaurant, bookstore, lounge, and theater, the theme is the Harlem Renaissance and Langston Hughes.
What would you recommend for a fun date night?
I would say the National Harbor! Go to a nice seafood restaurant and then see a movie, or go to a bar, and then walk along the waterfront & ride the Capital Wheel (Ferris wheel)
What are the hidden gems of DC?
Definitely the CUPCAKES. Most famously is Georgetown Cupcakes which gained popularity because of a TLC show. But in Georgetown alone there are other cupcakes boutique stores like Sprinkles and Baked & Wired. In Chinatown there is a small cupcake store called Red Velvet Cupcakery (my absolute favorite place in the world, they have a "white velvet" cupcake with cream cheese frosting)
What is the best way to get around?
The DC metro! There are not as many lines or stops as the Paris metro but it gives you access to the most important places in DC. We also have bicycle sharing system called Capital Bikeshare and SmartBike DC. You can pick up a bike at any self-service station and rent by the hour or for the entire day. Similar to the system they have in Paris.
Any expressions only heard in DC?
There's actually so many! Everyone calls each other "moe", Its like saying "guy". Ex. "What's up, moe?" Its like a term of endearment.
Now hit the road and see the world!