#288: You can walk to the Chilean Embassy and watch with everyone as the miners are rescued.
This was true when I first wrote it. It was the summer of 2010 and it seemed that everyone was watching Chile, waiting for the 33 miners to be rescued on the 33rd day. Then when the day to rescue them came, the Chilean Embassy set up a tent outside their house in Massachusetts Ave. They had bid screen TVs and empanadas and vino and, as is true of any event in DC, some fancy people to say some words about the rescue. I live across the street from the Embassy, so I joined in and watched as the miners came up in the space capsule. Since then the Chilean Embassy has changed its front display to publicize a Smithsonian exhibit about the miners, an exhibit by a Chilean artist and most recently simply the idea that Chile is “good for you.”
Other embassies have also been the gathering places for Washingtonians when things happen in the countries they represent. In 2008, during the Russia-Georgia crisis there was a long procession of people carrying the Georgian flag walking up to the Embassy to show support. Venezuelans gather outside the Venezuelan consulate on April 11 to remember the events of April 11, 2002. The Spanish Embassy was the site of a big celebration when Spain won the World Cup in 2010.
It’s nice to have a place to go to when something happens somewhere else.