Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day to all, and to all a good night!

I have concluded my first weekend in DC, and I consider it a massive success! However, I haven't been exactly hitting the town, tourist style. A couple of key events and developments.

1. I have quickly developed a massive obsession with The Real Housewives of New Jersey. My lovely roommate Mahssa is an avid watcher, and introduced the rest of the apartment over the weekend to this guilty pleasure. Luckily, Bravo decided to have a marathon on Memorial Day weekend. And we made Funfetti. In this aspect, DC isn't that different from my familiar college dorm. Oh yeah, and go Team Caroline.

2. We have discovered that our apartment building is a fishbowl, with another huge apartment across the street. Built only within the past year, there are LOTS of windows. While this might cause some problems, our apartment has developed a fun new game, creating life stories for the inhabitants of the apartment complex across the street. We have "made friends" with Eugine and Sydney Phillips who like to smoke cigars on their patio, and wife-beater-wearing Dwayne who lives two floors down. However, we think Dwayne is on to our game; he waved at us just now.

3. We did go out an venture into the world of the Smithsonian, conquering the National Museum of American History and the Natural History Museum. We figured that if we visit at least two Smithsonians a week, we will evetually get to all NINETEEN by the end of the summer. Lehgo!

Tomorrow is my first day at the Library of Congress! No lie, I am quite nervous! New posts shall come!

My roomates, Anastasia, Mahssa, and I out and about today!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Planes, Trains, and Automobile

We are defiantly not in Kansas. My first couple of days in Washington have been amazing. So amazing that this may cause some problems when I have to come back in August.

Time has flown so quickly! It was only March I even learned this program existed. It was only two weeks ago that I finished exams. And its been only two days since I got on my first ever plane ride and made my way up here. But now that I am settled in, do me a solid Time, and slow down. I never want this to end!

I have already learned quite a lot on this trip. I had a touchy encounter with TSA (they took my deodorant, jerks), and had a memorable adventure on the Metro (people here don't listen to my Southern drawl of "excuse me"). But I see it as a rip-the-Band-Aid-off moment; it had to happen at sometime, and I'm glad it happened early on. 

I'm not gonna lie, but my apartment may spoil me. Its new, clean, and spacious! My roommates are amazing; I got lucky once again! One roomie, Anastasia, is from Boston and will be working at the Department of Defense (she'll know the nuke codes next week). My other roomie is Mahssa and she is from Georgia. She will be working for TASSC, which is a torture awareness organization. We have already done extensive research into fun DC activites (all for free of course). Washington better watch it :)

Orientation was at the World Bank this morning (legit). Orientation is still not over, nor have I started my internship yet. So more blogging goodies to come, mes amis!