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Mennonite International Guest House

Mennonite International Guest House
For part of my time in Washington, D.C., I stayed in the International Guest House, a Mennonite house a few miles north of the White House. A nice house converted into a simple bed-and-breakfast facility, it provides a cheap but cozy place to stay. With two stories of rooms and two stories (including a basement) of common areas, the house provides a homey atmosphere (the first photo is one I took of the outside of the house). The volunteer staff are incredibly friendly. And true to its name, the house attracts visitors from around the world. During my time there I met people from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, and other parts of the United States. The breakfast tables feature the flags of the guests' countries, and they have a large collection of flags on hand (the second photo is one I took of the flags in the dining room). Each night, the workers and the guests gather for tea and cookies (which were always delicious) and chat for an hour or two. These fascinating global conversations greatly enriched my stay. If you are looking for a nice, inexpensive place to stay in Washington, D.C., this is a great place with the only drawback being you have to allot some travel time to get to most attractions.

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