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Home at last

August 7th, 2009

I got home Sunday evening at about 6:30pm. The drive was only 5.5 hours, so it was not bad at all. Being in the District this summer was such an incredible experience for me; I met a handful of really great friends, and I lived in city that I absolutely love.

I have been home for about five days, and I will be leaving for Wooster in five days! I have so much to do before I head back down to campus to assist with New Student Orientation activities.

I will keep you all posted with a better entry soon, but, for now, this is all I have time for.

Best regards, ALEX

My time in the District is almost up!

July 30th, 2009

Well, my time in the District is quickly winding down. I will be leaving in three days for home, and I could not be happier about it. I have had an incredible time in the District for the past ten weeks, but I am definitely ready to head back and relax.

These past few of days, I have been a host to six people. Last Friday, my mom came down and visited me. We did all the “touristy things” together ( tours of the White House, the US Supreme Court, and the US Capitol Building; visits to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, all of the monuments on the National Mall, and the Smithsonian Museums; and walks through Georgetown and Bethesda, MD). It was so nice to not have to work for four days straight, and, finally, be a tourist in a city I have been living in for the summer. My mom left Monday evening, and then my second group of visitors came into town. I had three good high school friends decide to randomly visit me. It was so nice! I got a call at 10:30pm on Sunday evening saying, “Hey Alex! We are going to be driving to DC tomorrow, call me back ASAP!” We did many of the same things that I did with my mom, but it was all about the company. Unfortunately, I was not able to spend two full days with them before the left this morning. I had to head back into my internship on Wednesday for the “real world”. They had a lot of fun though, which was all that mattered! And, finally, today, my sister and her friend drove down to visit me until Saturday. They are out shopping in Georgetown on M Street as I type now.

It is one of the interns last days in the office today, so I will write more later.

Fourth of July in Washington, DC with a Wooster-ite

July 8th, 2009

This past weekend was the Fourth of July, and I am sure that you all were celebrating with family and friends. I hope you all had wonderful holiday weekends. It was an incredible experience to celebrate our nation’s birth in our nation’s capital. The festivities were amazing and the overall experience was a lot of fun (with the exception of all the tourists, families, and screaming children). On Friday, I headed to the US Botanical Gardens and the National Art Galleries with Catherine, a friend from American University. They were both very nice, however, the US Botanical Gardens was not as great as I hoped it would have been. And, the National Art Galleries, will be receiving a second trip. On Saturday, Rachel Waggoner ’10 came and visited me to celebrate the Fourth of July! We “camped out” around the National Mall and watched the fireworks. Rachel is interning in Baltimore, MD, so it was not too bad of a drive for her to get to DC. We really enjoyed ourselves, as you can see below, in our matching, festive, Fourth of July outfits!

Rachel and I at OUR house

Rachel and I in front of the US Capitol Building

Well, that’s all for now. I am so tired from all this running, that I think I am going to go get ready for bed now!

A long overdue blog entry from the nation’s capital!

July 2nd, 2009

So, below is proof that, YES, I am actually in our nation’s capital! It’s been a lot of fun so far; I have been here for about six weeks now, and I will be leaving in roughly five. Unfortunately, my time has been going by really quickly, with my internship, my second job in Georgetown, getting in shape for cross country season, hanging out with my new friends, and of course, trying to explore the city.

Capitol Building (Memorial Day Weekend Concert)

I have done quite a bit during my time here, though my average day mostly consists of waking up around 8AM, getting ready for and going to my internship from 9AM-5PM, running a decent amount when I get back to American University, making dinner, and then, finally, a little bit of relaxing. Most of my weekends have been filled with work at my second job in Georgetown, but they have not been wasted (I am making money…)! And, since the June 12 elections in Iran, there has been a protest on M Street every Saturday around 2PM, so it’s really cool to see people in green shouting “Democracy in Iran”. It is so cool to be in the most politically active city!

Also, on pretty much every Saturday, I have gone out to lunch with my friend Eubee in Georgetown. It has been great to eat at restaurants every so often (since I do most of my cooking from a dorm kitchen). We have had Vietnamese, Thai and Italian food. I am also fortunate to be working with a fellow intern, Deanna, who is an “extreme-foodie”, like myself, so we have gone out on the occasional weekend for Ethiopian, French, and Spanish (Tapas) food. However, the District is not inexpensive, so I am, more or less, pretty frugal with my money. I shop at Costco and buy in bulk, and I occasionally head to Whole Foods (on Tuesday, I got milk, carrots, strawberries, tofu, broccoli, a grapefruit, apples, and bananas for $17.57).

I am really enjoying being a “grown-up” in a big city. I have responsibilities (though no utilities to pay) and day-to-day things that I need to get done. It’s stressful at times because I can’t just go out and “have fun” or hop on the metro to do “stuff”. I have to plan accordingly to get my daily run in, to go to the gym, to make dinner, and to get to bed at a reasonable hour to do everything all over again. I have really grown to appreciate free time.

So, at my internship, I have been busy, but also not so busy–it’s been a typical internship in many ways. Some of the really cool things that I have done over the past few weeks are : (1) developed a strategic plan for implementing various action items of the non-profit organization, (2) edited and assisted with an energy policy and sustainable development paper for the city of San Antonio, (3) translated energy efficiency documents from French to English to help the organization prepare for a conference in Monte Carlo, Monaco, (4) been in touch with world-class architects, as I am assisting in the implementation of a sustainable architecture movement, and (5) attended a HUD Hope VI Green Building Conference as a representative of the organization. But, I have also done a handful of faxing, copying, assisting with bills, answering phones (which I love), and heading to get lunch or Star-bucks every so often. The office is incredible though, and the office dynamic is great; I wouldn’t trade the people I am working with for another internship! I love you Jenn, Deanna, Rudy, and Nick!

All in all, it’s been great so far. I have met a handful of really cool people and done some pretty interesting things. Though, I can’t wait till I have a full weekend to really go exploring. The weather has finally started to get better (little to no humidity, sunny, and 80s), and I am finally getting a hang of the metro and bus system. I definitely want to live in the District for a period of my life…when, I don’t exactly know.

I think that this is enough for now. I will write again soon, and, hopefully, more often. It is Fourth of July on Saturday and there is a lot going on in the city; I have Friday off and will be out-and-about all day (weather permitting)!

Peace from the District. ALEX

Happy Father’s Day!

June 21st, 2009

Just wanted to say Happy Father’s Day from Washington, DC. I am on my way to Georgetown to go work.

Hanging out with Wooster-ites in Washington, DC!!!

June 14th, 2009

So, I just got back (45 minutes ago) from dinner at an Italian restaurant around Dupont Circle with Anna Lingan and Wright Smith! It was so much fun! I love Wooster…and DC too!

Finally getting back into my running!

June 13th, 2009

Well, after days and days of thunderstorms and massive downpours, I have finally been able to go on some decent runs! No one ever told me that it’s humid and rainy 80% of the time in Washington, DC over the summer! Anyways, I am getting really excited about cross country in the fall, so I really appreciate when the weather is perfect here. I haven’t run competitively since before I left for Senegal, so I am slowly getting back into everything, but it’s all good! Yesterday, I went on a nice, long 12.25 mile run around DC. I ran from American University to M Street in Georgetown (the ritzy shopping street) to the White House to the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial and then back to campus. I love being around all of these great places! All of my runs in DC have been amazing, but it is so hilly here! American University has to be on the highest hill in Washington, DC, because every single time I go for a run it is all down hill and then all up hill. Not the best for when I want to do an easy run, but I will be ready to tackle all the “hills” in Wooster!

Well, it is 1:30AM, and I just got back from dinner and a movie in Bethesda, MD. I’ll write more later. Peace from Obama-ville! ALEX

Off to ARTOMATIC in Washington, DC!

June 7th, 2009

Well, I am heading out for the night to Artomatic (nine floors of visual and installation art, theater performances, dance and comedy, three music stages, street performances such as fire dancing and drum troupes, and a film screening theater) . Being in DC is pretty sweet; I’ve been meeting lots of cool people and just hanging out. I’ll write more later! And tell you how ARTomatic was!  PEACE.

I love being in DC!!!

May 25th, 2009

Since it is Memorial Day Weekend, I went to a concert on the south lawn of the US Capitol building tonight! It was so much fun! There were a lot of famous people there that spoke and sang (i.e. Tom Hanks, Katie Holmes, Katherine McPhee, Colin Powell, Trace Atkins)! I went with some people that I met on the American University’s campus. After the concert, we went to the Jefferson Memorial and had the BEST speech given by a park ranger on duty. It was 10:45pm when we went to the monument, and the guy that gave us the talk was completely wired on “something”…The best quote from him was, “I am not drunk, I think”!!! Anyways, tonight was a lot of fun…there is a lot going on for the weekend. Tomorrow, I am going to go to the parade…and on Tuesday, I finally start my internship!

Finally settled in!

May 24th, 2009

Well, I am in Washington, DC!!!! I arrived about 6 hours ago and I am all moved in on American University’s campus. Wish me luck!