Exploring DC

Exploring DC

This past week at my internship, I've learned a bit more about the functions of the Department of the Interior. To be honest, before I began working there, I had absolutely no idea about the inner workings of the agency. Some friends actually asked if I would be doing something with interior design!


No, the Department of the Interior does not cover home decoration but it does do plenty of other things. Some of the sub-departments include the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service. There are also some community outreach forums during which a speaker comes to inform the public about a cultural subject.


In observance of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, all the interns were invited to sit in on a presentation about traditional Chinese culture. It was a great presentation. Mr. Dong Xiang, who immigrated to the United States from China several years ago, spoke about the values of Chinese culture. He used a variety of examples including eastern versus western artwork, the depiction of Asian culture in American films and lastly the majesty of traditional Chinese dance, (which was my favorite part of the presentation) to demonstrate how the Chinese culture differs from western culture. It actually prompted me to realize that, while I'm here in the hub of culture, I definitely want to see at least one ballet or professional dance performance and maybe even take a class for fun if possible!


And an even Greater Weekend!

After a rewarding week of research, my friend Alisha and I made our way to Georgetown for the Taste of Georgetown food festival this past weekend -- and it was a great experience. We almost didn't make it because we considered staying in Chinatown to go shopping but we decided that Forever21 could wait while our window to make it to Georgetown was quickly closing.


Jasmine at the Taste of Georgetown Festival


The festival ended at 4:00 p.m. and we got there sometime around 3:00 p.m. It was very crowded, but the weather was nice. For those of you who don't know, in a food festival an individual goes from booth to booth trying different foods that local restaurants provide; it's kind of like a sampler.


Anyway, while I was walking in, a random woman on her way out gave me a couple of tickets she didn't use, and these tickets were being sold for $5 a piece, mind you. That really made my day! From there, Alisha and I bought two more tickets and we were able to sample four different dishes including Tiramisu Alla Piccolo, Smashed Sandwich: Ham Gruyere and Fries on Baguette, Surf and Turf sliders (which were essentially fish tacos), and my personal favorite, Raviola Alla Matrimonia: Roasted Meatballs on Baked Cheese Ravioli. Everything was great, though.


One of Jasmine's favorite dishes: Raviola Alla Matrimonia: Roasted Meatballs on Baked Cheese Ravioli


The festivities were accompanied by a live band and eventually we made our way to Grace Church Lawn. It was a very peaceful way to spend the afternoon! From the experience I gained a few valuable lessons:


1. When going to any public event in D.C., be prepared to be surrounded by tons of people, I didn't mention that I was with one other girl who was extremely adverse to crowds and it ruined her whole experience! So, even though these events can be a lot of fun, if you don't like being surrounded by a lot of people, you might want to reconsider attendance at such a busy event!


2. Secondly, it was quite handy of us to bring our own drinks as well as double our samples by sharing. For example, in the food festival, one ticket allows an individual to have one sample from the vendor. Both Alisha and I had two tickets; however, by sharing our samples (which were definitely big enough to be shared) we were able to sample four dishes as opposed to only two apiece!


3. When planning to attend a public event, go early! Since Alisha and I arrived fairly late to the festival, we were a bit pressed for time as we went from one booth to the next! Also, by the time we got to some booths, they'd run out of food!


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