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D.C. Expats: Beijing

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:55:16
Throughout today's show, we've been checking in with D.C. expats around the globe. We heard from listeners in Europe and the Middle East.

MR. ROB SACHS

13:55:23
And now to Asia.

MR. MATT KUEKI

13:55:26
My name is Matt and I'm a foreign service officer who is stationed in Beijing working in the economic section at our embassy there. I think the main thing that I miss about Washington is clean air. It's something that you -- maybe you don't think about, you know, characteristic of D.C. or living in the states, but Beijing has a lot of air pollution, a lot of dust from construction and from Mongolia. It's just not a place where I can go running. I bike everywhere just to get around, but I can't go on a nice bike ride.

MR. MATT KUEKI

13:55:55
The other thing I miss is parks and gardens, just lush parks and gardens. In Beijing, it's a pretty arid city, a lot of dryness and you just don't have the same vegetation everywhere. There's no cherry blossom festival, that kind of thing. So I miss running on the Potomac, going biking, playing soccer on the mall. So in a couple of years when I'm back in Washington, I'll spend a lot of time outside and I look forward to that.

SACHS

13:56:21
That was Matt Kueki (sp?) in Beijing. Thanks to everyone who called in and to our contributing producer, Emily Friedman.

SHEIR

13:56:26
And if you used to live in D.C., but now live abroad, in which case you're probably listening online or to our podcast, we'd love to hear from you. Send a note about what you miss and maybe what you don't to metro@wamu.org.

SACHS

13:56:58
And that's "Metro Connection" for this week. We heard from WAMU Sabri Ben-Achour, David Schultz and Kavitha Cardoza. Thanks to Emily Friedman for collecting those voicemails from abroad and for producing "Door to Door."

SHEIR

13:57:08
And incidentally, it brings me great pain to say this, but this is Emily's last week heading up the "Door to Door" effort, but we look forward to featuring her outstanding work every now and again as a contributing reporter. Emily, thank you for all your incredible energy and imagination.

SACHS

13:57:24
Jim Ascendio is our news director, Tobey Schreiner is our audio engineer. Thanks to Jonathan Charry, Andrew Chadwick, Margo Kelly, Timmy Olmstead, Bill Redland and Tinbete Armias (sp?) for their production help. And special thanks to Dana Farrington and the WAMU digital media team for keeping our website up to date.

SHEIR

13:57:43
Our theme song, "Every Little Bit Hurts," and our "Door to Door" theme, "No Girl," are from the album "Title Tracks," by John Davis and used with permission of the Ernest Jennings Record Company. Check out our website, metroconnection.org, for a list of all the music we use.

SACHS

13:57:56
We hope you can join us next time when we do a little dreaming, from interpreting dreams, to chasing them, to remembering the "I have a dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN 1

13:58:08
This was the rationale of why is there a civil rights movement. It's as if somebody asked him that and he answered it in this speech.

SHEIR

13:58:35
Until then, I'm Rebecca Sheir.

SACHS

13:58:36
And I'm Rob Sachs.

SHEIR

13:58:39
And thanks for listening to "Metro Connection."

SACHS

13:58:40
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