Southern Agenda

It’s a Small World

Unless you’re a diplomat or leading a trade delegation, it’s not easy to snag an invitation to an embassy. “It’s considered foreign land,” says Victor Shiblie, publisher of the Washington Diplomat, which covers D.C.’s international community. “You’re entering a foreign country, basically.” But every May, Washington puts out a rare welcome mat to us commoners during the Around the World Embassy Tour (May 6) and the European Union Open House (May 13). In previous years, Indonesia has brought in food trucks, and Colombia has staged folkloric dance performances in its front yard. Other countries have offered rum, cocktail, and coffee tastings.