Rainy Days

Rainy Days

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. As you know, I'm studying International Relations, so this visit was an amazing opportunity for me. I also kind of geeked out because he is Hungarian and I have a linguistics degree in Hungarian. Sadly enough, I didn't get to talk to him in Hungarian (I don't think the others would have appreciated it if we suddenly started speaking in a completely incomprehensible language).

 

By Friday, it was time to unwind a little bit. After an after work shopping trip, I went to a birthday party one of my friends was throwing here in Solaire. It might sound lame, but it is still kind of special for me to attend an American house party (I know, even after two months). I think the biggest difference between an American house party and a Belgian one are the games. My friends here have been kind enough to introduce me to some typical American party games... this time, we played another game I had never played before. Ever heard of 'Cards Against Humanity'? This game is officially the most awesome game I have ever played. The game has two types of cards: white ones with a random noun, name or phrase, and black ones with a sentence missing some words. The point is to fill in the blanks with the craziest/ funniest option and then the person who has the black card chooses the funniest solution. If you play it with people who have a sick and twisted sense of humor, this can get pretty hilarious. After the game was over, I decided I had to document this party for my friends back home and turned into the resident paparazzo. Unfortunately, most of the pictures I took are not for publication, but here is one of us playing 'Cards against Humanity'.

 

Playing a game at Zach's party

 

Playing Cards Against Humanity at Zach's birthday party

 

At some point this week, I realized that I was already halfway through my time here and that I still hadn't seen half of the city. So far I have only seen the White House, Capitol Hill, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and World War II Memorial, which is pretty sad, as these are the same monuments I visited the last time I was here. I had also only visited two of the Smithsonian Museums. So I resolved that from now on, I'm going to spend every weekend exploring the city. This weekend, because of the rain, I decided to visit another museum. My choice for this weekend: the National Museum of the American Indian. I didn't really know what to expect from this museum, but everyone kept saying that it was definitely worth your time, and they were right. I didn't have time to explore the entire museum (I have the annoying habit of reading the information of every single thing I see), but what I saw was definitely interesting. Usually, when you go to a museum you remember the big things, like the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum or the Stars and Stripes at the American History Museum, but in this museum every tiny detail caught my interest. I discovered a whole new world I basically knew nothing about. I will certainly go back there when I have the time to see the other exhibits. It was a great way of spending a rainy day and even worth getting my feet wet walking through the rain.

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