Embassy Time!

Embassy Time!

One of the coolest things about being in D.C. is seeing and being able to visit all the embassies in town. The Washington Center schedules a visit to both the Israeli and Palestinian embassies for students in the International Affairs program, but luckily for me I have the opportunity to do this with NESA, as well as TWC, as NESA puts high importance on maintaining relationships with the nations that participate in our programs. Visiting with NESA is great because it's only the few interns that go to the embassy, which obviously makes the discussion a little more intimate. During our visits we have actually been able to sit down with the deputy chief of mission of each embassy, which is the position right beneath the ambassador. So far, we've been to the Sri Lankan, Jordanian, and Israeli embassies, although we have stumbled across dozens during our adventures around D.C. Enjoy!

 

Embassy of Sri Lanka

The exterior of the Sri Lankan embassy

 

NESA interns outside the embassy

 

 

As one can see, the inside of the Sri Lankan embassy is a quaint, renovated old town house.

 

NESA interns inside the Sri Lankan embassy.

 

After our meeting with the deputy chief of mission, the Sri Lankan ambassador came out to greet us!

 

Embassy of Jordan

 

 

 

The exterior of the Jordanian embassy

In contrast to the Sri Lankan embassy, one can see that the Jordanian embassy is NOT a quaint little townhouse. While this has much to do with the wealth of the country itself, the size of the embassy can also be indicative of the diplomatic relationship our two countries share.

 

 

Conference room

Talking with the deputy chief of mission who went to UNH School of Law!


 

 

NESA interns with Jordanian deputy chief of mission


The embassies of Jordan and Israel are both located on International Drive in Van Ness, which is also home to many other embassies so I snapped a couple of pictures of those as well.

 

 

 

 

 

Embassy of the People's Republic of China

 

Embassy of Ethiopia

 

Embassy of Senegal

As one can see by these pictures, embassies come in all shapes and sizes, which (like I said earlier) is a product of funding, as well as the nature and strategic importance of the relationship between the two countries. While I'm sure our relationship with Senegal is great, I'm sure the State Dept. doesn't lose too much sleep over a hump in our trade relations.

 

Embassy visits are an absolutely invaluable experience so if you ever get the chance to visit one I would highly suggest doing so. We were able to talk one-on-one with the embassy officials and get a real sense of how relations are with the U.S., but also how they view their own economic and national security interests as they pertain to their particular region, which (if you're a nerd like me) is super intriguing. Also, if you plan on attending The Washington Center and are an international student it's almost imperative to visit your embassy, especially when it's time for the International Festival here at the RAF, as they will help you acquire the necessary items for the festival. If you haven't heard about The Washington Center's International Festival, be sure to check out Kaitlyn's blog about it, or the pictures on The Washington Center's Facebook, as it was by far the most (and only) fun event TWC has put on. My roommate, Shaurya, represented India by cooking a feast of delicious Indian cuisine which subsequently earned him the "Best Food" award at the festival that had dozens of countries competing.

 

Shaurya in his native garb for the International Festival before he officially became the best cook in the RAF. And look at that gem of a smile!

 

Some of my more observant readers may have noticed that earlier I had mentioned that we visited the Israeli embassy with TWC, yet have failed to produce the photographic evidence to prove that. Well, I actually tried to take a picture of the embassy of Israel but security was not so keen on that, so I was consequently stopped by a guard and asked to delete my photo. So unless I want Mossad coming after me, I probably shouldn't post the picture, but if you're really curious as to what it looks like you can probably just Google it (I'll give you a heads up now and just say that it looks strikingly similar to every other embassy on International Drive)

 

Anyway, that's all the embassy pictures I have for now. I just want to say thanks to the media interns at NESA for taking and uploading pictures that I had to grab from the NESA Facebook page. Be sure to check it out if you're studying international relations or if you think interning at NESA is something you would be interested in doing if you come to Washington. Also, the other NESA interns and I were invited to a musical evening at the Bangladeshi embassy this Saturday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of U.S.-Bangladesh diplomatic relations, so stay tuned for photos from that!

 

Until next time, folks

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