Our DC professor Ivo decided to take us on a field trip to the Saudi Arabian Embassy last week and it was a lot of fun! When we first got there, we were able to look around a bit and the building was beautiful inside. There were so many displays and building models to see.
Eventually we were led in a room to watch a short slideshow about Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is definitely one of the most westernized countries in the Middle East and its country’s leaders have had a long history of cooperation and support with the United States. Every single US President has met with the Saudi Arabian leader since FDR.
We ended with a couple of us volunteering to try on traditional Saudi Arabian outfits! I got to try on what men traditionally wear in the country and it was so cool. Most of their outfits are long and flowy because of the extreme heat in the region.
Last weekend us Butler interns went on a tour of D.C. and one of the first stops we made was to the Iwo Jima memorial. It is right next to the Arlington National Cemetary and it honors all of our nation’s marines. One of the cool aspects of the memorial is that when you walk around it, it appears as though the soldiers are lifting the flag upright.
From the memorial you can see the U.S. Capitol Building and the Washington Monument. It’s definitely a beautiful sight to see. Also near the monument are other monuments from other countries thanking the United States for their involvement in World War 2. One includes a really cool monument donated by The Netherlands to the U.S.
There are so many other awesome monuments in the city and I want to take the opportunity to try to see most of them! Hopefully I can find the time!
Today’s Music Monday is dedicated to the song “Chillin” by Wale featuring Lady Gaga. Since I’m in D.C. this semester, I’ve been trying to expand my musical selection to artists from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area. The funny thing about this music video is that a lot of scenes are places I’ve visited or seen while here so it’s nice that I’m already starting to recognize things despite only having been here a week!
Yesterday I got to see a ton of sights as I went with my roommates shopping around the city in Georgetown. We went to a ton of stores but I ended up only getting something from Ralph Lauren. The great thing about having roommates that are from the area is that they know where everything is!
The only downside to yesterday was the cold and the fact that there was construction on the subway so it made every trip ten times as long. Fortunately for us, we just so happened to catch the subway right when it was approaching so it ended up working out!
Today was my first day at my internship in the Capitol building and it was pretty exciting. It was a bit overwhelming meeting so many new people and getting so much information but overall it was such a fun experience. I felt so important being where the history happens.
So apparently the citizens of DC literally freak out even when there is hardly any snow and it’s quite entertaining. The city is only expecting to get 5 inches of snow and there is already talk that there might be a declared state of emergency. It’s pretty funny considering 5 inches of snow is considered child’s play for Indianapolis.
After my internship was over I walked outside and saw that not only was it snowing but the area was literally deserted. I had never seen it so empty! I would’ve tried to enjoy the serenity of it all but it was so cold and windy that I had to find shelter ASAP! Hopefully the weather is better tomorrow!
The day before the storm
Today our internship coordinator/teacher Ivo took all of us Butler interns out to see the city. It was a 5 hour tour but we definitely saw a lot! We first got to see a lot of the neighborhood we currently live in and got to see all of the grocery stores and shops around us that are cheap and good to visit.
We also got to see where each intern is going to be working during the semester and also other sites in the city. One of the first major stops we made was to the Iwo Jima memorial and learned about the history of it.
The final stop we made was to the White House! It was great seeing my future home up close and personal. And in good ole André fashion, I twerked in front of it. What better way to celebrate being at the White House than doing some good old fashioned Americana twerking!?
Just like Miley taught us!
Yesterday I officially moved into my room in DC! I started the day by waking up at 4 AM, yes 4, and going to the bus station. Then I rode the bus to the airport and waited until my flight left. While in the airport I got a breakfast sandwich from Potbelly’s that was delicious.
After the plane ride and waiting for my luggage, I noticed that a girl was wearing a Butler shirt near me. I approached her and it turns out she’s here for the internship program too! So we ended up catching a taxi together to our apartments since we live in the same building and luckily got to split the cost.
I was the last of my roommates to arrive but I’ve yet to meet them but I’m excited to nonetheless. Now my main focus is figuring out how to navigate the city! I forgot a ton of stuff at home so I’ve been trying to find my way around to a Target. I’ve only found my way to a CVS so far but I’m still hunting. Wish me luck!
My stash of food on my first day! I refuse to go hungry in a big city!
I can already tell my presence on campus is being missed profusely. Since I’m going to be in D.C. this semester, all my friends stuck on campus have been trying to find a way to fill the holes in their hearts. Even my residents from when I was an RA texted me telling me how much they missed me. I definitely felt
like a celebrity the love.
On a more serious note, I have been missing everyone on campus and it has been weird seeing the semester start and me not going to class/being with everyone. I don’t think this semester will hit me until I finally move into D.C. My pals Lisa and Elissa took a photo with my RA photo that’s still hanging up in the building. Looks like my legacy is still living on!
Currently I’m a ball of nerves and excitement for my new adventure this semester. I’m hoping I don’t somehow get lost and end up in New York City. Although, now that I think about it, that would be kind of fun.
I’m still on the board!
So it’s getting to the end of the year which means most of my International residents are leaving soon! It’s sad but also good since winter break is soon! I can’t wait to just be able to relax and not have to worry about any assignments for about two months!
One of the perks of being an RA is that your residents give you their stuff if they leave for the semester! Yesterday I got a cool Dinosaur onesie from my resident Stuart! It’s quite possibly the best thing I’ve ever received.
I’m a dinosaur. So what?
So today is the last day of classes and it is bitter-sweet. Although I’m happy to be almost done with the semester, it also means I’m that much closer to having to go out in the real world. Thankfully I have a couple more years before I have to do that just yet.
The song I chose today is “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper. I thought it was fitting since school is almost out. I couldn’t find a music video for the song like my normal Music Mondays but this live performance will do. It’s kind of scary but that’s what I like about it!
The Golden Globes were held on Sunday this year and, while I was getting ready for my first day of classes, I decided to watch them! The show was hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler which made me more inclined to watch this year because I find them hilarious. Their opening monologue was extremely funny and I’m glad they didn’t just rip the attendees like Ricky Gervais did in the past.
My favorite part was when Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell did their little bit while presenting the nominees for their category. I’m surprised I liked it because although I love Kristen Wiig, I usually don’t find Will Ferrell funny but I was impressed. Evidently their bit was done on the spot so bravo for them thinking of it right then and it still being funny!
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