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