One of my favorite things to do in my spare time in the nation’s capital is to stroll around the official ambassadors’ residences. From Monaco, to the European Union, I am fascinated by their luxury, architeure and unique style.
This weekend I was walking through Kalorama Heights to Georgetown, when I stumbled upon the most remarkable thing – the embassy of a country that doesn’t seem to exist. I had never heard of The Republic of Zausneria so, naturally I went researching to see what I could find. After some cursory googling, the only reference to it is an article about its owner, a DC attorney who decided to create his own nation and its embassy. This seems to have helped him in being able to throw parties uninterrupted by DC Police, who would not dare to interfere with the “official business” of Zausneria’s ambassador!
Another intriguing home is the official residence of Gabon. So ostentatious for a country with . . . limited resources.
And how about Afghanistan, whose residence an entire block?
Although international diplomatic missions are meant to highlight each country’s culture and influence, often there seems to be a disconnect between the country’s resources and the largesse its embassy and residence present. Sometimes less is definitely more . . . and more respectful.