Thanks Jessica! And for those of you who have never visited Washington DC or an American city you should always be careful especially as a girl walking around alone late at night, especially if you've been drinking. Don't make yourself an easy target for a wallet snatcher or street harasser. I would recommend taking a cab anywhere in the city late at night.
Yes the short cut makes the walk to the metro much quicker! it is only 4.5 blocks if you take the short cut. Sorry I forgot to mention that sooner! I have added it to my welcome packets now so everyone will have a map and directions of the short cut :)