Washington DC, United States
Lauren, 33
Technical Consultant
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a bit about Lauren

What do you do and why do you do it?

I work as a Technical Consultant for the mobile division a company that creates event management software. I enjoy the people, and learning a product and an industry that is constantly evolving. I also work to fund all of the trips that I'm constantly taking to visit other cool cities around the world.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

At one point in college I delivered pizza, after a guy friend of mine told me what a "great gig" it was. It's a little different being a 6'3" guy delivering pizzas than it is being a young girl delivering pizzas to strangers in a country college town. I also ended up being rear-ended during a snowstorm while on the job...by someone going to the apt I was delivering a pizza to. He did not tip me for the pizza....

Were you born and raised in Washington DC? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Washington DC?

I was born in raised in the suburbs of DC, and moved closer and closer to the city as I got older. The area has changed A LOT since I was younger.

What’s your current hood in Washington DC and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I live a mile outside of the city by the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery. It's so easily accessible to both Arlington and DC, and we can take a quick bike ride through the beautiful cemetery into downtown DC. The worst thing about almost anywhere in DC is the traffic, and the insane housing prices...which is the same for where I live.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I listen to a lot of tropical house and alternative, a few favorites being Kygo, Seven Lions, Bastille, Broods, and Ellie Goulding. I dislike just about any country song, or music where it just sounds like someone is screaming at you.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Well I've been married for 4 years now, so It's been a while....but I feel like I would go for some classic "I'm soooo over you" tracks like "Since You've Been Gone" and "Cry me a River". Yea, those are old, like I said it's been a while!

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

The Jinx was incredible! I don't want to give anything away, but the way it actually impacted current events was really interesting. This is Us is also great, if you are in the mood to ugly cry and feel the urge call your mom. Friends is probably the best of all time though...I can still watch episodes I've seen 5 times and laugh.

Name some spots in Washington DC that are good for a Tinder date.

Nothing too fancy, and a good social scene...like Barcelona, Pearl Dive/Black Jack, or maybe Pinstripes for good food and a little competitive game of bowling or bocce.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I actually rent most of my best outfits from Rent the Runway. But if I was shopping in DC, Marine Layer, J Crew and Zara always have good staples.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Probably most of the bars in Dupont, they tend to be more college or just post-college hangout spots.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Be a bit of a tourist in my own city. We rarely get to the museums or cathedrals, but we always have a blast when we get to visit the top of a monument, bike around the cherry blossoms, or catch a new art exhibit. You just have to accept the crowds for some of those things.

Where do you go in Washington DC for a casual night out?

U Street area, there are a ton of good bars there: Dodge City, Service Bar, American Ice Co.

What’s your choice of transportation in Washington DC and why?

Uber or Lyft....there is almost always one available within 5 minutes. Also if you're leaving the city, cab drivers sometimes get salty about giving you a ride since they sometimes can't pick up rides outside of downtown.

What are the Washington DC spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

M Street in Georgetown, The Washington Memorial and the Great Lawn, and Le Diplomate or Roses Luxury for dinner.

What are the Washington DC spots tourists should run from screaming?

I wouldn't bother visiting anywhere in Chinatown unless you're going to the Verizon Center for an event, skip the Spy Musem too. Blagden Alley, not far from there, is great though!!

Tomorrow’s your last day in Washington DC. How do you spend it?

Oh man...probably very full as I'd eat may way through all of my favorite restaurants. I'd also want to do some shopping in Georgetown with a stop at Georgetown Cupcake, and a visit to the Smithsonian Sculpture Garden, where my husband proposed.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Can it be a whole country? If so Greece. If not, Paris... I would move there and it reminded me a lot of DC.

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