As part of my internship, I am able to give tours to visitors to the office/Capitol and recently I was able to give a tour to a group of students from my local middle school/future attendees of my high school. Some of the kids in the group were even younger siblings of friends I graduated with! It definitely showed me truly how small of a world Earth really is.
I got my group of students and parents, many of whom also went to my high school, and we went through the Capitol Visitor Center and began our tour! We got to see all of the cool rooms and I got to inform them of all of the history of the different parts of the Capitol.
When the tour ended, we all got to catch up and they were able to reunite with the larger group and they all went off to see the rest of DC. It was a nice taste of home seeing them and definitely eased my homesickness!
Last week, there was an event on the National Mall honoring all of our veterans that died of suicide as a result of their duty. About 1,892 flags were planted and I got to see all of the volunteers as they were finishing putting the flags on the ground.
I thought it was a great thing to witness and also call attention to. It was so great that they were able to put the flags in front of the Washington monument, a site with so many historic events. The weather was also nicer yesterday so it was perfect timing for the event. I’ve also believed making sure our veterans are being taken care of should be one of the highest priorities our country has.
I was able to go see all of it during my lunch break and I’m so glad I did. There was even an info booth so I could find out more information about the issue and also the group that was sponsoring it.
I was browsing the Huffington Post last week and I found the best video ever. I’ve previously documented how much I like the song Happy by Pharrell so you should’ve seen the face of happiness (get it?) I had when I saw that someone made a puppy version of it!
My favorite type of dogs/puppies have to, hands down, be Dalmatians. I deeply admire how pretentious they are and the fact that their spots add character to an otherwise boring breed. But the fact that they possess spots changes everything!
Now I’ve been inspired to rewatch 101 Dalmatians since I don’t remember paying it much attention as a kid. But while I do that, enjoy this puppy music video.
While in DC, along with my weekly one day a week class, I also have three weekend seminars on various different topics. This past weekend was the first seminar and it was about how Religion and Politics affect each other in America with a guest professor.
One day we got to walk to the National Cathedral to take a tour and try to figure out the political elements involved. We all visited it on our first weekend here but didn’t get to take a tour so it was much more powerful this time seeing the history behind the building.
The building itself is so beautiful and full of grand architecture and statues. It’s kind of overwhelming at first to be struck by just how beautiful and colossal the building it.
We were also able to visit the Mormon Temple and find out more about the Mormon faith as well. It was a cool experience seeing a faith up close that I did not have a lot of knowledge of beforehand and how they fit within the discourse of politics, especially in relation to the 2012 election.
Besides being happy that I’m in the city in general, I’m also pretty happy that the weather is finally, and hopefully, getting better for good! Words cannot describe how much I hate this cold weather. Is it too hard to ask for 50s-60s weather for a couple weeks!? It’s all I hope and dream for.
After looking up the music video for the song “Happy” by Pharrell, I happened to stumble across this DC music video version of it. The video is pretty cheesy but I like it because I recognize most of the neighborhoods and sites in it, which makes me at least know I know a lot of the city so far.
I’ll get to know even more of the sites when I go on more tours and see more monuments in the upcoming weeks as part of class. I can’t wait to see the Lincoln Memorial since we’ve extensively discussed it in class but I’m just excited to explore all of the history in the city in general.
I hate this winter with a passion. It has been too cold and too snowy to even enjoy it. Although I wouldn’t trade all the snow days I’ve had for the world, I’d still prefer for it to be warmer now considering we’re 2 weeks away from April.
In Chicago a bit ago they held the city’s annual Polar Plunge and I thought it would be appropriate to talk about since it’s still colder in D.C. My professor here told us that it was not only unusual for DC to get this much snow, but it’s even more unusual that it’s still this cold at this point in time. Strange!
In Chicago’s Polar Plunge, Jimmy Fallon took part this year and his reaction to the cold was priceless! He’s definitely my favorite late night host and it says a lot that he could even be funny in this instance, even though he wasn’t trying to be.
A couple weeks ago I was able to visit the US Botanical Garden and forgot to blog about it! It it literally right next to the Capitol and all of the Smithsonian museums so it’s pretty convenient to visit.
There are so many cool and exotic plants to see at the garden. It houses tons of plants from around the world at all times of the year. It’s a huge greenhouse and was pretty cool. It was also very warm inside for the plants so I even had to take off my jacket.
I would’ve stayed for a guided tour but since I saw so much in one day I was too tired to participate but maybe I’ll come back at another time to get the full experience. I’d recommend seeing it for anyone visiting D.C.
For my internship, I was able to pick up a book from the Library of Congress and it was an adventure to say the least! I got there easily since it’s across the street from the Capitol and it is a nice, beautiful building. I walked over and got to pass the Supreme Court building and eventually got there. It’s still pretty amazing to me how I pass by all of these awkwardly important buildings every day.
It took me twenty minutes to finally find the room I was going to. After that I was inspired to get a Library of Congress reader card so I could come back other times to do some reading and research and feel important.
Of course I got lost on my way there but I finally found it, got my card, and was on my merry way out! Thankfully it was a little warmer outside yesterday so I wasn’t cold on the way. Overall, it was a pretty funny adventure, even though I had no idea where I was 99 percent of the time.
The Library of Congress building
As past of my recent Smithsonian museum adventure, I was able to go inside the Natural History museum. I didn’t stay terribly long since science isn’t my forté but I was still interested in seeing all of the evolution exhibits and stuff about the deep sea while being able to learn about the world’s natural history.
There were a lot of different floors and exhibits but I just stayed on the first floor just so I could say I went and have enough time to visit all of the other museums that I planned to see.
Elephant statue inside the Natural History museum
After the Natural History museum, I walked over to the American Indian Museum which was extremely cool. I saw a ton of cool artifacts and got to learn about all of the diverse American Indian populations and their culture. I’d definitely recommend seeing it to anyone planning to visit the Smithsonian museums. I was tempted to buy a Dream Catcher at the museum but decided against it since I can never remember my dreams anyway!
Statue outside the American Indian Museum
I’ve been taking advantage of all the warm weather, and lack of snow, here in D.C. and one of the ways I’ve been trying to do that is by trying to go running. I can probably count on my hands how many times I’ve actually gone running in my entire life so it’s always a struggle when I actually pretend to be an active runner.
The great thing about D.C. is that when you go running, since it’s small enough, you usually pass by a lot of important buildings/monuments. I decided to go running by the National Mall and was able to get a really good/unobstructed view of the Washington Monument. It was so cool being at a site where so many historic events took place and casually running by it like it’s no big deal.
I was also able to pass by the Capitol building, which wasn’t all too exciting since I intern there every day. But, I was, however, able to pass by the Supreme Court building. It’s a beautiful building and once it gets warmer, I definitely want to go inside.