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Home Institution: Universiteit Antwerp (Belgium)

Internship Site: Save the Children

Program: Postgraduate Professional Development

Goodbye DC!

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

As I wrote in my previous blog, goodbyes are always bittersweet and my last few days in DC were definitely that. After my trip to New York on Sunday it was time to clean up the apartment and to say goodbye to all the amazing people I have met here. It is kind of strange. When I first came here, I had the feeling that these few months were going to last forever, but in reality my time here just flew by. There are just so many things to do and see in DC and so many things we have to do for The Washington Center that the days pass in a blur.

Packing up...

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Goodbyes are always bittersweet. On the one hand I am glad to go home and back to my family and friends, but on the other hand I am really going to miss DC and the friends I made here. I am a rather nostalgic person and feel kind of sad when I do things for the last time. The other day I was looking out my window and realized it was probably one of the last times I would look out at the building across the street, and it made me feel sad. You should know that this is not a particulary pretty building.

New York, New York

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

When I first came here, my friends and I made all these plans: we were going to go to New York, to Boston, to the beach, to an amusement park... Well, the weeks passed and we were always busy with something: midterms, visiting relatives, the portfoli

Last weeks

Monday, April 21, 2014

Last week it finally sunk in that my TWC experience is nearly over. I was making plans for the next few weeks and I suddenly realized that there were was little more than two weeks left. The last weeks at TWC are pretty hectic. You have a lot of deadlines to meet: final papers, civic engagement project reports, capstone reflections, presentations...  My advice for future TWC students is too start working ahead; otherwise you will spend the last (sunny, I might add) weeks of April indoors, working away.

Cherry Blossoms

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring in DC means one thing: cherry blossoms! We've had a couple of false starts, but now that the cherry blossoms are out, we can be sure that spring is finally here to stay. This weekend was exceptionally nice and the weather was absolutely perfect for the Cherry Blossom Parade on Saturday morning. Now, usually I reserve Saturday mornings for sleeping (which I really needed after this exhausting week), but I was more than willing to give up on sleep to have a good seat for the parade. I have never really gone to a parade.

Family Visit

Monday, April 07, 2014

This weekend my mom and my sister came to visit me. I met up with them on Thursday after work and found out that they were staying at the hotel right next to headquarters (what a coincidence, huh?) and had dinner with them at the hotel. I had walked by the hotel a couple of times on my way to HQ, but I never thought that hiding behind the statues facing the street was a very trendy hotel with a very nice bar. It was sort of strange to see my mom and my sister again after such a long time (ok, I had Skyped with them, but that's just not the same).

Rainy Days

Monday, March 31, 2014

Another week has gone by and many interesting events have come and gone. After the visit to the World Bank, TWC had another interesting outing planned. On Wednesday the other Belgians and I were able to meet Andras Simyoni at Johns Hopkins University. Andras Simiyoni was the ambassador to NATO for Hungary for ten years and now he is the managing director of the Center For Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins. We got to ask him questions about EU-U.S. relations and about which direction he thinks the EU should head in the next years.

World Bank

Monday, March 24, 2014

You can have some pretty amazing and unique experiences through TWC. So far I have been part of the #WithSyria vigil at the Capitol Reflecting Pool, visited Human Rights Campaign, was able to network with truly inspiring professionals and this morning we visited the World Bank. Some of you might not find this very interesting, but as an international relations student, this was a pretty big deal for me. Visiting one of the largest international institutions in the world is a once in a lifetime opportunity (unless I luck out and get a job there), one you should grasp with both hands.

St. Patrick's Day

Monday, March 17, 2014

Finally, it's St. Patrick's Day! I have been looking forwards to St. Patrick's Day ever since I've been here. St. Patrick's day isn't really big in Belgium and I have been waiting to see how it is celebrated in the U.S. In Belgium, St Patrick's is mainly celebrated by Irish expats and a few other people, who simply use it as an excuse to go on an Irish pub-crawl and to get really drunk.  


Monday, March 10, 2014

Another week has gone by and Mother Nature has once again decided to mess with our heads. This Monday we were practically snowed in and this weekend the temperature was up in the fifties. Could spring finally be here or are we just on the precipice of another snow storm? Only time will tell, but after many false spring days, I am on my guard, knowing that winter is just lurking around the corner. Anyhow, this absolutely amazing weather gave us an excuse to go and explore Georgetown.  

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