From Tourist to Tour Guide

From Tourist to Tour Guide

What a hectic 2 weeks!

Last weekend my parents and Stephanie's sister came to visit and this weekend three of Anna's sisters and a friend came down to visit her. It was really nice to see everyone. I love playing hostess! I also loved being able to show my parents around the city. I feel like I've finally been living in DC long enough to show them not only the usual stuff like the monuments and museums, but some cool stuff that most tourists don't get to see.

 

I took my parents to the National Mall and we walked around the Tidal Basin. It was good timing for them to come because that was the peak of the cherry blossoms! I had never seen the blossoms but they were gorgeous! We also went to see the Dropkick Murphy's at Shamrock Fest. It was a little cold and rainy but so much fun. I felt like I was home again since they're the official band of my favorite team, the Red Sox.

 

Last weekend was also Stephanie's 21st birthday, so we went out to eat at the Melting Pot. It's a fondue restaurant that's all over the country. I don't think I've ever eaten so much food in one sitting! It was so delicious. After dinner, they went out to a few bars and made sure we found ones that I could go to as well since I'm still underage. It's not that difficult to find places that we can all go which is good because it means that even if you're not 21 you can still go out and have fun with everyone else!

 

The Russians

We affectionately refer to Anna's family as "The Russians" because, as I've mentioned before, almost her whole family was born in Russia! We were all chatting on Saturday night with a few of our other friends and for the first time I fully realized just how diverse everyone at TWC is.

 

Loris and some of her friends from Mexico were speaking in Spanish, there were a few girls from Quebec speaking in French, Anna and her sisters were speaking Russian and obviously there was some English sprinkled in there too. It was crazy to hear about all these different cultures and backgrounds that I had never really thought about before. There are so many opportunities to get to know other ways of life through TWC, whether it be through the intern abroad opportunities or just meeting people from all over the world in DC.

 

Midterm Reflection

I can't believe we're more than half way done with our semeseter here at TWC. I feel like I just moved in! Next weekend is already Easter and then we only have about a month left at our internships before we head home for the summer. I don't know what I'm going to do without all my new friends and my roommates, but it's definitely been one of the best experiences of my life and I wouldn't change it for the world!

 

I'm so thankful for all the opportunities that I've gotten through my time here and I know for sure that I would not have been able to do the things I've done if I hadn't applied for and enrolled in TWC. I would highly recommend TWC to anyone interested in getting some real life experience along with some school credit in a city full of opportunity. It may seem like DC is just a political hot spot, but there is so much that you can do here. I have friends interning with all different kinds of organizations and they are getting just as much out of this experience as I am!

 

I can't wait to see what this last stretch of the semester will hold for me. I wish we could just stay here for another few months; unfortuantely, work calls as do those mountains I miss so much! But I'm so glad to say that I'm almsot a TWC alumna and will treasure these memories forever!

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