“If you don't know where you are going, any road can take you there” - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

“If you don't know where you are going, any road can take you there” - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Lost in the City

The week started off with trips back and forth to the grocery store due to forgetting the simplest items (because my mind thought it was perfectly normal eating just spaghetti for 10 weeks), getting off the wrong Metro stops while waiting forever for the right one, and in general getting lost in the city. Instead of being upset or throwing a fit, I decided to embrace my lack of navigation and let fate decide where I ended up and who I met along the way. Boy did I learn a thing or two.


For instance, did you know that if you walk past The Lincoln Memorial for 20 minutes you'll end up knee high in a grassy bike path that has a great view of incoming planes? Or that there is an amazing French restaurant with the freshest bread and pastries named Paul, but is overshadowed by the Starbucks on the corner? Perhaps you've met the gentlemen under the bridge on L street who never bothers anyone, but is always up for conversation? If you travel by yourself or go out of your comfort zone, you'd be surprised by the things you may encounter to make your D.C experience a little bit different from the rest. Granted, I don't suggest getting lost in 90 degree weather in pants or a blazer, because you might almost die of heat stroke like me.

 

Groovy Baby

Walking along the streets on a Friday night headed home to binge watch OITNB, I started to hear some music and see a crowd of people flocking to the National Gallery of Art. As I got closer, I realized that the sculpture garden that had been filled of tourists hours before, was suddenly filled with locals with picnic baskets and blankets eating cheese and crackers on the grass lawn under scenic pieces. It felt like a Woodstock for classy people. My friend and I took a seat near a large metal tree(which we would later regret once the thunder came rolling in), grabbed some sangria, and basked in what is a normal Friday night for locals. Remember, Netflix will always be there when it is dark and stormy out, so take the beautiful days and do something great.


Post work outfit that doesn't really match the normal locals. Nothing quite like looking as a East coast soccer mom as my friends look cool and sophisticated

 

L-G-B-T Find Out What It Means to Me

The Sunday after the jazz sesh, my friend Anesha (another TWC intern pictured above) and I were wandering around the different museums trying to stay out of the heat, when we came upon a large crowd filled with music, food, and cheers. We had somehow managed to walk into the Pride Week festivities, without even realizing it.


 

The energy that filled the streets and the people that were there gave me hope for the future. So much of our world is filled with hate and anger that it was a nice change to be surrounded by people who truly cared about one another. I urge everyone to attend events like this, to not only bring awareness and educate yourself, but to become a part of the history that is being made. LGBT if you don't know, stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and embracing and accepting yourself for who you are. This event is supposed to help their fellow peers to feel safe with coming out and being proud, as well as forming a feeling of love and acceptance from the community.


It alarms me of how close I came to missing this event, and if it hadn't been for the dying phone for GPS access, we may not have found it at all. Take the time to look at the events for D.C. online here to keep up-to-date on the happenins' of this rad city, and hopefully have experiences and adventures that shape your stay here in an amazing way. Remember, getting lost isn't always a bad thing.


Until next time!

- Megan

 

Here's me with a pic with my home girl Hillary


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