This summer is changing my life. For the first time since moving to the DC area, I actually work downtown. Like, downtown! Blocks from the White House! Steps from nearly every major form of public transportation. Oh, and there are three Pret A Manger locations within a 10-minute walk from my office.
But the coolest thing about working downtown (okay, maybe not the coolest – the coolest is definitely being 5 minutes away from happy hour as soon as I step outside my office at the end of the day) is exploring the area more than I ever did as a passer-through. For example, the other day I found a little pop-up bookstore called “Carpe Librum” tucked into an empty storefront on 17th between K and L. How cute is that?!
They’re open July 8th – August 2nd, every weekday 11:30am-7pm. Check them out on your lunch break or after work on your way home! When I stopped by the other day, they were selling used books for a few bucks and had some used DVDs and CDs as well. Super cute, in support of a good cause, and who doesn’t love to stick their nose into an old book?
P.S. For those of you keeping track at home, my reading wish list current includes:
- The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History – John M. Barry
- The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh
- The Light in the Ruins – Chris Bohjalian