Sunday, April 13, 2008

Two Things Challenge: A / Z

The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

A is for Afghanistan. The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Embassy Location: 2341 Wyoming Avenue NW
Hamid Karzai, President
Said T. Jawad, Ambassador
Geographical Location: Central Asia
Capital: Kabul
Population: 31.8 million people
Primary Industries: Agriculture, opium production, natural gas

The Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe

Z is for Zimbabwe. The Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe

Location: 1608 New Hampshire Avenue NW
His Excellency Robert Mugabe, President
His Excellency Machivenyika Ampuranga, Ambassador
Geographical Location: Africa
Capital: Harare
Population: 13 million people
Primary Industries: Gems and precious metals, solar energy, motor components production, leather production, and forestry and wood products

Zimbabwean art in front of the embassy (click to enlarge images)


This entry commences a new series I'll be doing on embassies, chanceries, consulates, and diplomatic residences in Washington, D.C. In this city alone, 174 of 183 countries have diplomatic missions with embassies and ambassadors. Another eight nations--mostly islands in the Pacific--have embassy offices in New York City and one country has its embassy in Rockville, Maryland.

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 4/08


Lara said...

what an interesting choice for the challenge! happy Sunday!

The Artful Eye said...

Janet this a perfect informative, interpretation. I couldn't wrap my head around this one for some reason. :(

on another note: I may have mentioned that my sister Gina lives over by Eastern Market. She is also a photographer and a very fun person. If you're interested in meeting her she and another D.C. paper mache artist Scott Hunter are having an artist opening with wine, cheese and sweets Friday, April 18 at Buzz Bakery Cafe in old town Alexandria 6- 9 p.m.

if you're interested here's the link.

d.c. confidential said...

Lara: Thanks! I had fun with this. In the next week or so, keep an eye out for a picture of the Embassy of Austria!

Andrea: Thanks! If you do an A/Z, let me know and I'll post it. I have no doubt you'll come up with something!

The April 18 event sounds like an absolute blast! I have a conflict that evening from about 5:30 to 8:00, but it's in Mount Vernon, so if I can make it back to Buzz Bakery before 9:00, I would love to meet your sister and make a connection!

Frances said...

Eh clever - this was the most difficult so far.

D.C. Confidential said...

Frances: I don't know if it was clever as much as it was just sort of too easy to miss in this city. If I was living in Boston or Texas or any other U.S. city or state, I think this challenge would have been a TON harder. If we didn't have embassies here, I don't know what I would have done!

That said, I loved your interpretation (and I need to post a comment on your blog saying as much!)

Dusty Lens said...

You certainly have an excellent idea here. Luck to have those embassies so close, eh? ;) I could come up with so many different answers for "A". It was the "Z" that threw me.

Yeah, I think the celebrity status went to Winston's head. I found him curled up snoozing (yet again) on my leather chair. Yet we were told dogs do not like the feel of leather.

D.C. Confidential said...

Rob: Yeah, I think A would have been easy enough: Apple, auto, architecture, animal, algebra, asparagus, aubergine, azaleas, AstraZeneca (having worked for them, though, and hated it and having quit, I didn't think that was such a good idea), etc. Z was the tough one. Zoo, zit (gross!), zither (but I couldn't find mine), Zulu, Zydeco band...

At one point, I thought, I could interpret A / Z as start / finish, beginning / end, Alpha / Omega, etc., but that felt like a stretch, too. Then it dawned on me to do the embassy thing. I still think I got off way too easy, though.

Winston on a leather chair. Hm. Well, we know who's in charge at your house, don't we?