Can you paint with all the colors of the world?

Can you paint with all the colors of the world?

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the International Festival. I apologize since this was a number of weeks ago, I just haven't been able to sit down and write in a while. I should mention this week's blog is going to highlight my two majors: international studies and religious studies.

 

But first, the festival...

 

The Washington Center takes pride in hosting such a culturally diverse group of students. This semester's number of international students rivaled that of any university at nearly 40 percent of students in the program. I am happy to say that among my friends are students from Mexico, Belgium, Nigeria, Canada, Taiwan, India, and Brazil. I have learned bits and pieces of different languages (although half of what I learned was slang or swear words). I would love to visit all these different places at some point in my life, but it might take a while. The festival featured traditional food and dance from each of the countries represented at the Washington Center. While some countries, including Mexico, Puerto Rico and Brazil, cooked authentic cuisine, others decided to play on cultural stereotypes and served humorous hor d'oeuvres such as Belgian waffles and Canadian maple syrup. It's only too bad their booths weren't next to each other....

 

 

Aside from the scheduled performances, it seemed every five minutes another country would break out into chant in the hallway. Below is a picture of a spontaneous Conga line which took place during the festival. Nothing captures the energy of the festival quite like a picture. I only wish I had videotaped the festivities as well!

 

 

My Second Major

 

When I'm not running around with a vibrant crowd of international students, I'm taking a quiet moment to myself over the weekend. Although I may not seem like it, I thoroughly enjoy spending time by myself. A few weeks ago, I visited the National Cathedral. I couldn't tell you how many people said I needed to see it, especially since I'm a religious studies major. It was probably one of the most relaxing and peaceful experiences I have had in DC. I highly recommend taking a pilgrimage to the Cathedral.

 

First of all, it's located off the beaten path on a hillside. At first I didn't think I would be able to get there without a car. I took the Metro out to Woodley Park and leisurely walked through the neighborhood on the way to the Cathedral. It was one of the first spring weekends we've had in DC and I remember watching so many families take their young children to the park. I even passed a man weeding in his front yard with his front door open to let out the beautiful piano melody his wife was playing.

 

Once you turn onto the road of the National Cathedral, the massive stone building opens up before you. It's like walking into a storybook. As I walked through the stained glass aisles of the Cathedral, I was transported to Europe with the rich gothic architecture.

 

 

Every piece of the Cathedral was significant and symbolized different pieces of our national history. I could dedicate an entire blog to describing the intricacies of the Cathedral, but I also understand that for those of you who are not religious studies nerds or architecture buffs, this may not interest you. I will add, however, one fun fact about the National Cathedral for all you Star Wars fans out there. In many Gothic churches, you will see quirky and sometimes creepy gargoyles peering out from the spires, but at the National Cathedral, you will see Darth Vader. Way above doors of the Cathedral, the infamous Darth Vader sticks his neck out, watching all who visit this national landmark. I am by no means the expert on the story behind this so I encourage you to visit the Cathedral and find Darth Vader for yourself, and while you're at it, ask a tour guide for the full story.

 

Until next time...

 

-Katie

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