The Beautiful Cherry Blossoms

The Beautiful Cherry Blossoms

Washington, D.C. is quite famous for its beautiful blooming cherry blossoms every spring. Unfortunately, viewing the blossoms on a peaceful spring day is made extremely difficult by the busloads of tourists that stand between you and the trees! I was advised by several D.C. natives to get to the Tidal Basin early, before the tourists arrive for the day. So I got up well before the crack of dawn and left my apartment at 5:45 am. These flowers better be out of this world, I thought to myself!

 

Worth It

Fortunately, I was not disappointed. Even in the dark, the cherry blossoms looked pretty. When the sun rose, however, beautiful. I went to the Tidal Basin, the prime location for cherry blossom viewing, and found a great spot to sit with a view of the sun rising over the Washington Monument. If I had not left my apartment at 5:45 am, I doubt I would have been able to sit down! The Tidal Basin was crowded when I arrived, but by 7 am, it was difficult to walk because of the crowd.

 

Sunrise at the Tidal Basin

Watching the sun rise over the Tidal Basin

 

After getting my fill of the blossoms, I walked the loop of memorials, starting at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial to the Jefferson Memorial. I’d been hearing about these memorials for nearly my entire life and it was exciting to finally see them in person! The areas around the memorials at the beginning of my walk were nearly deserted, but towards the end the tourists were everywhere! Yet another reason to get out there early and beat the crowd!

 

World War II Memorial

The World War II Memorial with the Lincoln Memorial on the horizon.

 

Reflecting on My Semester

I started working on my final capstone paper this weekend. This assignment requires me to reflect on how the various aspects of The Washington Center program have affected my experience here and my future goals and plans. My internship at the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) has made me even more passionate about using my graphic design and social media skills to support causes and nonprofit organizations that are doing good in the world. I love going to work every day because I know CREST does important work that improves the lives of people in communities all over the world. I am honored to be able to contribute to that work and I want to feel this way about every organization I work for in the future.

 

I can hardly believe that we have less than one month left! I knew this semester would go by quickly, but it has really flown by! It will be difficult to say goodbye to the friends I have made and to Washington, D.C., but I am definitely looking forward to getting back to my friends and family at home!

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