I’ve always loved to travel and dreamed of seeing the world. While my passport has a few stamps, it’s unlikely I’ll ever get to visit all the exotic destinations I long to see. Fortunately, there’s an annual event in Washington, D.C. which will allow me to travel around the globe virtually — and it begins May 4 and runs the following three successive Saturdays. My family and I get to eat, drink, and dance — enjoying all the aspects of various cultures at the different embassies — and there’s no jet lag! No entertaining your kids in long security lines at the airport, either.
While not required, a souvenir passport can be purchased for five dollars and each embassy you visit will provide a stamp proving your travel to its location. You can purchase the passport online or at the DuPont Circle information booth, in front of the Colonial Parking Lot.
Here’s how you and your family can participate:
Saturday, May 4, 2013 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) The Around the World Embassy Tour will showcase embassies from Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Americas. Look for artists and artisans, performers and others offering a range of educational and cultural programming designed for visitors of all ages.
This year is the celebration of the International Year of Quinoa. A tour honoring the origins of the grain is offered by the Embassies of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. If you haven’t discovered this delicious grain, look for some easy gluten-free recipes I’ll be posting soon.
Saturday, May 11, 2013 (10 a.m.- 4 p.m.) Shortcut to Europe: European Union Embassies’ Open House. The Embassies of the European Union will open their doors to the public, offering a rare look at the diverse EU cultures. The event kicks off Europe Month.
May 18, 2013 (10 a.m.-7 p.m.) Asian Heritage Festival. This festival offers a variety of activities including musical performances, a multicultural marketplace and art exhibits.
Getting to the embassies is easy as they are located in the NW quadrant of Washington, DC, and most are along three major corridors – Massachusetts Avenue, Connecticut Avenue, and 16th Street. See a map of the embassies. Parking is limited in most of the areas. A free shuttle transportation will be available for open houses. See a guide to all of the embassies in Washington, DC.
Will we see you there?