Goodbye DC!

Goodbye DC!

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. At this moment, I have just cleared out of my apartment and am waiting for the shuttle to pick me up and take me to the airport, and ultimately back to Belgium. It's time for a new adventure and this adventure might just be the biggest of all. I'm going home to graduate and after that it's time to enter the real world. I feel like I'm living on borrowed time, but while I'm still stuck in limbo, it might be a good idea to reflect on the amazing time I had here.

 

I think the best part of my time in the DC is the people I met here. I met people from all over the world, with such interesting backgrounds. Not only with TWC, but also at my internship. Living in TWC housing is interesting to say the least. The first couple of weeks everything is new and everyone wants to be friends with everyone, but after a while we all went off in our own little groups, which is only natural. Yet, when you leave, it seems as if those early feelings return. You walk down the hall, run into people you haven't spoken to in weeks and they all claim they're going to miss you so much. I guess the end of TWC blues is affecting all of us. I am definitely going to miss my fellow interns, who were the best colleagues anyone could ever ask for and my roommates Jetta and Jocelyn. Living in an apartment with four girls can be hard. You don't always get along and there are a lot of misunderstandings, but in the end you're always there for each other. This morning I said goodbye to Jocelyn, the girl I got along with best, and I was sad to see her go. In a lot of ways she reminded me of my little sister. They're both super sweet and caring. Right before I left I snapped a last picture of my bedroom, which seems rather sad without all our stuff in there.

 

A last look at our bedroom

One last look

 

Now, let's move on to less depressing things. There are a lot of things to do and see in DC: all the Smithsonians (I still haven't been to all of them), the National Zoo, all the monuments, and great neighborhoods, such as Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan and, my personal favorite, Georgetown. I had the best time in Georgetown. It was our usual happy hour place on Fridays and, to me, it's the only place in DC where you can do some decent shopping. I really don't like malls, so Georgetown was the ultimate place for me. I've made so many great memories here and I'm sure they will stay with me for a very long time. I still have so many places left to see that I'm sure I will one day make it back to DC. At least I hope so.

 

El Centro

Our favorite place in Georgetown

 

But as they say, all good things come to an end and this is the end for me. I just looked outside and it seems like the weather is in agreement with my feelings: pouring rain. It's probably for the best. I hate to leave sunny places to head back to my rainy little country. At least this way, I can start getting used to the grey skies again. Goodbye DC, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

 

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