D.C.’s Embassy Row: Where Sovereign Nations are Smaller than Lichtenstein

Walking down Embassy Row in Washington, D.C.–that aptly named area where most of the the foreign embassies are located in America’s capital–I couldn’t get past the fact these vastly different countries were next door neighbors.  Some of the embassies seriously only had a few feet separating them.  Diplomats are supposed to be, well, diplomatic, so I’m sure the close proximity to one another hasn’t caused international crises.  Diplomats are good at smoothing things over, so if Poland is blaring techno music after 10pm and annoying Chile, who’s got an early morning the next day taking the kids to soccer practice, Chile and Poland would talk it out instead of bringing the cops into it.  Although, now that I think about it, Poland has diplomatic immunity, so Poland could rock out all night if she wanted.  But Poland’s not like that.  She would turn down the music and send over a muffin basket to Chile the next day, ’cause that’s the kind of neighbor Poland is.

Some common neighbor problems are easily avoided, since each embassy undoubtedly has their own crew of groundskeepers, which helps avoid the uncomfortable scenario of Sweden yelling at Indonesia for not mowing her lawn.  But even being able to dodge landscaping arguments, it does make one ponder: if countries can live next to each other without conflict, why can’t actual next door neighbors?

Oct 2011
POSTED BY travelbugrobert

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