Well, I’m relocating, again. This time, it’s Washington (the D.C., not the ST), so it looks like the next few years will consist of regular commutes between home in Louisville and home in the District.
It interesting being in a capital city again. On first glance, Brussels and Washington have a lot in common. Both are international cities, filled with important government buildings and swarming with foreign embassies. Both have some kind of demonstration every other day (this week, I’ve passed two on the way to work: one union related, the other internationally inspired).
The road systems are both totally insane. Streets head into circles/rond points (French for circles), and change names when you least expect it. (Do bureaucrats even understand the concept of a grid system?)
There are palaces everywhere. (Yes, we do have palaces in America. What do you think The White House is?)
The capitals are the homes of the most powerful people in the world, and the most desperate, usually within blocks of each other.
Both are enclosed within a major highway: the Ring Road in Brussels and the Beltway in Washington.
And best of all they share this trait on their specific continents: everybody in Europe hates Brussels, and everybody in America hates Washington.
Who could ask for anything more?