Exploring the Town

Exploring the Town

This week was rather memorable. There were a number of different activities to attend throughout Washington, and I got to spend the day at the St. Patrick's Day Parade. The festivities were quite entertaining, but the parade had to be the longest running in human history. The cold March wind also made us extremely hungry, which forced us to explore the food options in the area. There were plenty of other opportunities this week that allowed me to explore around town. In fact, several events from my class and the internship allowed me to explore some parts of D.C. as well.


St. Patrick's Day Parade


The parade began as a huge crowd of people pushed and shoved their way towards the street. Police officers were constantly pushing the mob back onto the side walk, and vendors were selling their cheap St. Patrick's Day wares to eager customers. We arrived just as the parade was starting. Our ragtag group of students had managed to navigate the crowded streets to view the parade just in time.


Various groups marched along with floats brimming with Irish pride following close behind them. Various branches of the military would march by, police branches armed with bagpipes would fill the street with music, and all I could think about was how cold and hungry I was. Despite my petty needs, I enjoyed watching the parade go by... for two hours.


It had to have been the longest parade I have ever witnessed, which made for a good time. There was much fun to be had watching old vehicles go by, river dancers, go-karts operated by leprechauns, or even a group of colonial soldiers. It was a marvelous spectacle.


(Some colonial ties in the St. Patrick's Day Parade)


(The fancy new contraption known as the "automobile.")


(The gorilla looks like it has been spending time in a nuclear waste facility.)


The wind and the cold finally made us consider leaving after the parade began to die down. The never ending parade continued to march on, but we needed to find someplace to warm up. We settled on a quick trip to the Hard Rock Cafe and finally filled our stomachs.


I also had the opportunity to explore D.C. for part of my internship and for my class. My Issues in Science Policy course required us to attend an independent event on science policy somewhere in the area. I decided to sit in on a Brookings Institution lecture on economic development, and it was a great event to attend. My notes from the event will be a great future resource for research papers.


My internship site also allowed me to explore some other areas of Washington. Rock Creek Park owns various smaller parks all over D.C., and they encourage us to visit as many as possible. The Old Stone House in Georgetown is one of those places that the interns get to visit. Since it's located in Georgetown, not only do we get to see this historic landmark, but we also get to explore parts of Georgetown on our breaks. That's a great way to pass the time and learn a little more about D.C. history. It's a bonus when the park rangers can act as guides since they know so much about the local area and its history.


Overall, this week has been very fun. There are times when you get back to the apartment and it's easy to not want to do anything. After a long day of work, the last thing you want to do is cook tomorrow's lunch, worry about laundry, or wash the mountain of dishes that rivals the Burj Khalifa. Take my advice and address these problems early so they don't manifest into a huge task. It's not fun to have to worry about housework when you also have homework, internship responsibilities, and programming work. Plus, it can make it easy to get along with your roommates!

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