Reason 180

#180: National Portrait Gallery The National Portrait Gallery is part of the Smithsonian Institution which, contrary to what tourists think, is not one museum but a number of museums. As such this museum, like all other Smithsonian museums, is free. I, of course, love free things, so lots of points for the National Portrait Gallery.…

Reason 188

#188:┬áThe ice-skating rink at the National Gallery of Art’s sculpture garden. This one is from the original list, reposted today because after two weeks of feeling like I live in Florida, winter finally managed to show up. Now I’m really, really cold. Two weeks ago I was complaining about the unseasonable weather. Now I’m complaining…

Reason 222

#222: Music in Spanish This is true about other cities too (hello, Miami), but just because it’s true of other places doesn’t mean it’s not true about here. Because we have a large Hispanic population, a large population of expats and a huge population of returning Peace Corps volunteers, we get a lot of Spanish…

Reason 247

#247: Corcoran Gallery of Art This is one of the few museums in DC that is not free, which means it was packed during the shutdown. They do occasionally have free open house days and in the summer they have a few days when there is free admission. I am not sure how much admission…

Reason 261

#261: There are works by famous Venezuelan artists. There are amazing Jesus Soto sculptures at the Hirschhorn museum, for example. If you haven’t seen them, you should definitely go. One beautiful thing about Caracas, the city that was my home before DC, is that it is home to many sculptures and works from the cinetismo…