Arturo Sarukhan, The Ambassador of Mexico, shares a few of his hopes, dreams, and favorite D.C. spots with WL.
Washington has a unique place in my life. I obtained a master’s degree here, worked at the Mexican Embassy during the 1990s as chief of staff to the ambassador, and met my wife, Veronica, in Washington. I picked up my allergies to pollen here, and now have a daughter, our second, who was born at Sibley Hospital. Veronica and I, in fact, were pioneers of Washington’s urban renaissance, when, after dating for some time, we decided to move into a brownstone at 14th and Corcoran Street NW in 1997.
Mexican Cultural Institute (2829 16th St. NW)
Black Salt Fish Market and Restaurant
Bridges on the Potomac and Over Rock Creek Park
The Bartholdi Fountain
The Library of Congress.
The Library of Congress is the most beautiful building in Washington, and one of the most stunning in the nation. That Reading Room!
Three questions for Arturo Sarukhan
What is the most important part of your mission in Washington?
Underscoring how uniquely important Mexico and the U.S. are to each other’s prosperity, well-being and security, and that citizens on both sides of the border need to understand that they must become costakeholders of the strategic relationship we are developing.
What do you like best about living in the United States?
The sense of boundless energy and possibility and the Americans’ ability to laugh about themselves. I wish many more societies, including my own, would understand the bracing effects and social, political and philosophical underpinnings of a good roast like the Gridiron Club dinner or the Bill Mahers and Jon Stewarts of America’s public opinion landscape.
How have you been promoting Mexican art and culture here?
Aggressively and continuously, both through traditional mediums like art exhibits, film or gastronomy, and new social media platforms. As the first ambassador to tweet in Washington, I believe cultural promotion is a perfect fit for these new instruments of an interconnected world.