The Washington Center



Home Institution: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Internship Site: Chwat & Co.

Program: International Affairs

Floods in D.C.

Friday, December 12, 2014

By the time you are reading this, the program will already have finished. This means that this will be my last blog post. This is probably not such a big deal for you, but the program coming to an end is pretty sad. However, I will not waste my last blog post on describing the recent floods that took place all over D.C., due to the TWC students who were crying because they had to say goodbye. I think you can kind of imagine what it feels like.

What I Forgot to Tell You

Monday, December 08, 2014

Only one week left to go, so the time has come to shed light on some events that I haven't discussed in my blog. With this blog post, I will try to give a rundown of all events that somehow did not end up in my blog, although they are pretty interesting.  

Saying Thanks With Turkey

Monday, December 01, 2014

On December 27th, Americans celebrated Thanksgiving. According to our number one source, Wikipedia, Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks, praying and spending time with your family. And of course, the whole day is also about turkey. In what follows, you will read the story of how a Columbian, a Korean, a Puerto Rican and a Belgian tried to follow this very American tradition. And somehow succeeded. Barely.  

A Bell, a Dietary Nightmare, and No Bus

Monday, November 24, 2014

A few weeks ago, one of the Belgians had the idea to visit Philadelphia. That is why we all went to Union Station this weekend, at 7:45am. We were all incredibly tired. One of the other Belgians had the idea to organize something on the evening before we were supposed to leave to Philadelphia. I will not bother you with the details of the event, but it was great. Although, the timing could have been a little better. That is what we realized while we were running towards Union Station, desperately trying not to be late for our bus.

Belgium Versus Puerto Rico: 1-1

Monday, November 17, 2014

During our first weeks in D.C., and after making a lot of jokes about where we came from, my roommate and I decided to let faith determine, once and for all, which was better: Puerto Rico or Belgium. Somehow, we found out that Belgium and Puerto Rico would face each other in the women's world championship volleyball in Bari, Italy. We made a bet: whoever lost had to cook a dish for the other, one that was very typical for where he came from. Obviously, Belgium won the game.

Rain, Cold and Election Stuff

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Before I could come to D.C., I had to write what seemed like a few thousands of motivation letters for my faculty, for my university, for the government, for TWC, for some internship sites. One of the things that I wrote about over and over again, in every single one of them, was the midterm elections. On November 4th, most U.S. citizens could vote for 36 of the 100 Senate seats and all 435 seats in the House of Representatives.

Love Is in the Air!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

When I said goodbye to Belgium, it was pretty chilly and rainy outside. When the airplane landed in Washington, D.C. (Washington Dulles International Airport to be more specific), it was so sunny that it hurt my eyes. Moreover, it was so hot that I almost melted. Let's just say that it took a while before I got used to D.C.'s climate. Between the TWC apartments and my internship site (since you are a big fan of my blog, you obviously know it is in Virginia), there is a 35 minute metro ride and a 15 minute walk.

On Puerto Rico

Sunday, October 26, 2014

This week, my roommate had the honor of celebrating his 21st birthday. You might be wondering what the big deal is. Birthdays are an annual event. That is true, but your 21st birthday is a big deal in the United States. It is a unique event.  One could say it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. A nice party, some friends, and finally being able to go to happy hours in D.C.  For several days, I tried to limit the collateral damage that this type of celebration would cause in our apartment.

Take Shelter Now!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

On Wednesday, my fellow interns and myself were called into the office of our internship supervisor, who also has the title of President of the company I work for. In the middle of our conversation, my cellphone started making a lot of noise. You should know that I bought a cheap, prepaid cellphone when I arrived in the United States. Apparently, it is not possible to buy a SIM card without buying a phone.

Let's Go Drink Some Water!

Monday, October 13, 2014

As I wrote in my first post, getting to The Washington Center was not exactly a walk in the park. Unfortunately, being here isn't exactly a holiday. We have a lot of things to do: in a few days, we have our midterms, several deadlines for academic programming, and this is of course the moment my home university has chosen to give me some extra paperwork. While trying not to drown because of all the assignments, you should of course also take advantage of being in D.C.

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