If I live in Washington D.C. I would have the quadriceps of steel. After just 48 hours in the city, my shapeless flabby thighs were beginning to show signs of muscular definition from all the walking. My friend Jhong who is based in New York was correct when he warned me that being a tourist in Washington D.C. requires tons of walking.
But aside from the corporeal benefit of touring D.C., tourists like me would get to encounter cool contemporary spots that are often snubbed and not featured in typical tour destinations of the state.
One particular dapper of a spot in D.C. is the psychedelic-looking structure called the Blind Whino.
The structure was originally a Baptist Church that served and provided the religious needs of the local community. But a developer bought it out from the Catholic Church and sat for over 2 decades before an artist was commissioned to beautify it and call it the Blind Whino. The former church then was transformed into a superb venue for art performances, exhibits and even social functions.
It was actually some considerable walk from the nearest train station before you can get to the Blind Whino. But all the troubles and pains of walking were all ignored and neglected when I started to marvel at the dazzling colorful structure. Funny because when I tried to enter the main door of the building, I stopped myself from doing/gesturing the sign of the cross when I realized that, yeah, it is no longer a Catholic Church.
And what added up to the already awesome experience was the exhibit that was running during the time of my visit when I entered the Blind Whino. A number of sassy and vibrant painting works by artist Shawn Michelle Perkins were beautifully hanged on the walls.
It was definitely awesome to have discovered the Blind Whino. This type of cool spots definitely makes walking the streets of Washington D.C. all worth it.
Muntik na ko mag-sayn op da kros. Kaloka!