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Appreciate what you’ve got

This is a phrase we hear a lot, but do we ever stop and think about it? When we live long enough at a place, we get comfortable with it and we think that we know it inside and out. However, all it takes is for a visitor to come along and show us that it is not so. Let them stroll around for a while and they will take you to an unfamiliar store or a restaurant you didn’t even suspect it was there. Ironically, we need a new pair of eyes to reveal what has been in front of us the whole time…

Main Street early in the morning

Having lived in Europe for twenty something years, coming to the USA was definitely not an easy transition. It took me quite some time to adjust to the vast distances, the monotonous highways, the big bare parking lots and the huge superstores. We all love the comfort of the familiar and I was desperately trying to find something to remind me of home. That’s why when we first visited Washington, Missouri I was in love! There was a wonderful riverfront trail for walking, the houses were made of real red brick, you could sip a cappuccino on Main Street and browse local art at the gallery, and all the downtown stores were full of unique finds. It seemed like European Heaven in the midst of a country where the number of cup holders in people’s cars defines the quality of their life.

Freshly roasted and ground coffee from "Not Just Cut and Dried" on Elm Street

After living in Washington for 14 months, I still go out exploring the downtown and I always find something new to see or do. The window displays change according to the season, every week there are different events to go to, and every store front hides an abundance of treasures inside. Did you know that you could buy freshly roasted coffee right here in Washington? I still find this amazing along with the delicious home-made fudge, the quality goods and services offered, and the personal touch.

There is more to Washington that you think, and the idea behind this blog is to take you on an insider’s tour around some of the downtown businesses. Having crossed the initial “I-ve-never-been-here” fear, you would maybe venture to visit some of the shops in person and see for yourself that all you need is right there in front of you.

Morning light on the Riverfront Trail

“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

Marcel Proust

About Slava

I am a twenty-something Bulgarian girl in the USA, re-discovering the world through the lens.

Discussion

5 Responses to “Appreciate what you’ve got”

  1. Lovely article! I look forwrd to future blogs.

    Posted by teresa haire | November 12, 2011, 8:21 am
  2. Slava, I have been hearing about your blog for a couple of weeks now but this is the first chance I have gotten to actually visit. All I can say is WOW!, I am SO impressed!! I ESPECIALLY love your intro to the site: “When we live long enough at a place, we get comfortable with it and we think that we know it inside and out. However, all it takes is for a visitor to come along and show us that it is not so. Let them stroll around for a while and they will take you to an unfamiliar store or a restaurant you didn’t even suspect it was there. Ironically, we need a new pair of eyes to reveal what has been in front of us the whole time…” AND the opening title for this first post APPRECIATE WHAT YOU’VE GOT”, it is so true, it is what we are ALL striving towards, counting our blessings, especially in these hard economic times. BLESS YOU, and thank you for coming to Washington. We welcome you with open arms!!!!!
    It IS all about opening our eyes, becoming MORE AWARE. There IS so much here to do and see. So much beauty and talent right next door if you only look.
    Sincerely, Beverly Ann Wells

    Posted by beverlyannartist | December 23, 2011, 9:39 am
    • Thank you so much, Beverly Ann! Through the blog I have met so many wonderful people, and I am amazed how much the community has to offer! What you do at “Art Can Do” is just one of the many examples that show how when you believe in something, you can achieve it! I am hoping that Re-Discover Washington will reach more people and it will make them appreciate what they have. Thank you so much for understanding and supporting my cause! 🙂

      Posted by Slava | December 23, 2011, 4:02 pm

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