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Better Know a Sandwich Artist: Shuva Sharma

Shuva Sharma takes the bus to Subway. The 31-year-old sandwich artist from Nepal lives downtown and practices his profession at the Subway location at 3275 M St. NW, right in the middle of the Georgetown maw. He's here on a one-year work visa and lives with his brother, a Starbucks employee. The ride to work on Metrobus is a lot like a ride on your average Nepalese bus, says Sharma: "They're both crowded."

Sharma eased into the Subway opportunity the way most immigrants do, via networking. He'd met other Nepalese who steered him in the direction of Jared's outpost next to the Lucky Jeans store. Two of his colleagues at Subway are from his native country.

Working in Georgetown packed a special thrill for Sharma: Growing up in Nepal, he'd studied a bit about John F. Kennedy. On a tour he discovered that Kennedy, as a senator, lived in Georgetown. "That really surprised me. Kennedy was the only one I knew about, and he lived right around here," says Sharma.

As sandwich artist, Sharma alternates between prepping vegetables and other sando-items, and actually putting together your foot-long Meatball Marinara.

But sorry, no action photos of Sharma: "No pictures," he says. "It's a Subway rule."

Reporting by Jule Banville

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