Jan. 10th, 2013

embassy

Jan. 10th, 2013 12:35 pm
clevermynnie: (al fresco)
We had to go to the US Embassy this morning, to clear up bureaucratic issues with our passport renewal. I'd never been to an embassy before, and it's an odd thing to get to cut all the lines and go to the fast windows just for being American. Plus there was a weird exchange where the security guy was listing all the things we can't bring into the embassy (liquids, gels, powders), and I said 'none of that' dismissively, and he said 'are you really telling me there is no makeup in this bag?' And I raised my eyebrows and said, 'I'm not wearing any makeup so I don't have it in my bag,' which was probably better to say than the raging makeup rant that came into my head.

But what was most interesting was actually the embassy building itself. It was set back from the street, of course, but circular in a way meant to evoke ring forts and Martello towers, to imply that an embassy turns its back on no one, and to make use of a wedge-shaped plot of land. I found a history of the design here, which mentioned a cool-sounding foyer which is sadly not the entrance you use for passport appointments. But the building itself was very striking, to me.

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