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Monday, June 30, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, VA [WEEK 4]

on june 14, i had to go to a school reception in alexandria, virginia. i decided to make a day of it and leave in the morning to see what else there was do in old town alexandria. warning: many pictures, but little captions. i kind of went crazy with the camera.



metro stations in DC look epic.



this was the first time i took the metro and we actually went over ground. within DC, the metro is underground.





along king street, there are shops and historical sites.





why put a fake horse in the back of an old beat up pick-up truck? i do not know. even though alexandria is not very far from DC, the city has much more of a southern feel. even though DC is considered southern, much of the culture and people are not. instead, DC has much more of a metropolitan vibe.



while in alexandria, the only historical site i went to was the stabler-leadbeater apothecary museum. it was founded in 1792 and operated until 1933. most of the objects are still in their original place since going out of business in 1933. the tour, which is only $5, shows you the shop, the library, and the manufacturing room. it's very interesting.

i plan on going back and seeing more of the historical sites, but i ran out of time. unlike georgetown, alexandria has many more historical sites that are open to the public.

on my way to the reception, i saw freedmen's cemetery and memorial. during the civil war, this was a cemetery only for african americans. almost half of those who were buried here were children burdened with disease. the government eventually abandoned the cemetery and maintenance was neglected. bodies would eventually be exposed and a street would be paved over the graves.










of those known to be buried, there name and age are written on the memorial. of those that have living descendants, a button is also next to their name.

after the reception, i decided to spend the early evening back in old town alexandria.



since the reception did not serve dessert, i picked up some coconut ice cream. yummy.



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the next day, me and some of my housemates went back to alexandria to see mount vernon, george washington's estate.



here is me trying to be artsy. washington actually died in the house. also, one of the most interesting facts is that in the hallway, he placed the keys to bastille, which are still there. the keys were a gift from france because they believed the keys of freedom belonged to the father of freedom. at least that is what the docent said.





here is washington's burial site. he was originally going to be buried in the capitol building, the room now called the crypt, but his family wanted him to be buried at the estate.



the slave burial is definitely my favorite site at mount vernon.





the estate is right along the potomac river.



along the river was also the slave cabins (a reproduction). when washington died, his slaves were granted freedom. 



i also really enjoyed the little trail.



who's that lanky lady?





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the next day, which was also my day off, i went to the library of congress.






here is the lady of history, my thang.




inside the library of congress, there are many statues, including ones that represent the continents. these two represent the americas and africa. on the other side, there is europe and asia.



baby looks drunk.



i would argue this quote is wrong.



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now for a song! i have been listening to glen hansard for a while; he is one of my favorites artists. as with everyone else, i was introduced to his music in 'once,' but did not listen to his full discography until a few months ago. one of my favorites songs, and definitely the most beautiful, is 'fitzcarraldo.' enjoy.




Monday, June 23, 2014

GEORGETOWN [WEEK 3]

definitely the highlight of my third week was georgetown, which i went to on my day off. georgetown has a nice blend of old and contemporary. the buildings are old, it's older than DC, but most of the buildings have been transformed into retail and eateries. i also think georgetown is my favorite place to go shopping. even though the area has a lot of high end shops, places i definitely do not shop at, they have all the places i need, such as h&m, urban outfitters, tj maxx, and a forever 21 coming soon. they also have an anthroplogie, a shop i definitely look at but do not buy. the only aspect i wish they promoted was. geogetown onlt has one public historic site, which was unfortunately closed for the day when i went. it is the old stone house and run my the nps.


i am almost positive this was the sign in st. elmos's fire, the brat pack classic. it's kind of sad though, because the sign has not been maintained.



here is georgetown university, otherwise known as hogwarts, says the girl who has never seen a harry potter movie.



for lunch, i decided to go to good stuff eatery. i had "the michelle melt."



at good stuff eatery, the view was this little beauty, a reminder of home :)



throughout georgetown there is not only really old homes, but historic industrial buildings. if i am not mistaken, this building was built in 1917 for paper manufacturing and later was used to store streetcars.



the view from the georgetown waterfront.



they have these bridges all across the little the c&o canal, which was completed in 1850.




it's me! the glorious bag lady.





right before i had to end my day and make my way to class. i decided to stop and get some macarons at olivia's macarons. they were a bit expense, i can get some from home for half the price and twice the size, but i thought what the hell. the two flavors are coconut and cassis, a black currant syrup (it has a berry and tart flavor).


the day before, me and my roommate went to see a movie, x-men to be exact, and decided to go inside  the national portrait gallery. art museums are not really my 'thang,' but they had such a cool little area that connected the two buildings together, the area looked like it was outdoors but had a ceiling with window panels. it looked like a little vortex. it also had this cool little fountain area where water would slightly move with gravity. the area looked unreal.




after, we decided to go towards dupont and see the DC pride parade. it was fun and i got several free beads that the participants threw in the crowd.



it was nice to see the police in solidarity. in the parade, there was even an officer and his partner, which was very cute.



even the cop cars dressed for the occassion


                  

all the restaraunts in the area also celebrated.


now for a song! this is completely random, but i have been listening to disney songs. they just make make happy. it might also be that this california girls misses disneyland. one of my favorites is 'i wonder' from sleeping beauty. i think it is better than the classic, 'once upon a dream.' enjoy!


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

THE Z00 [WEEK 2]

so week 2 was not so eventful. really, the most exciting thing was going to the zoo and when you have a camera from the ye old days (c. 2008) there is only so many good pictures you can take. sunday, we went to the national smithsonian zoological museum. we got to see the baby panda 'boa boa.' people went crazy for that little panda, but my favorite part was seeing the seals. seals are adorable.











also, the friday before, me and my housemates went to the mall at 11 or so at night until 2 to the morning. it was nice. we saw the lincoln, mlk, and jefferson memorial.





for my first day off, i decided to venture off into china town and also go to rita's. i am almost positive they do not exist in california. i ordered a mango italian ice with vanilla custard. it might sound gross, but it just tastes like a really creamy/rich smoothies. honestly though, i think that the custard is really just frozen yogurt.





now for a song! an oldie, but still a goodie. it may be one of his most popular songs, but ray charles' 'georgia on my mind' is beautiful. whenever i hear this song when i'm walking around, it puts a big smile on my face. lately, i have been listening to a lot of blues and jazz. at my internhship, i normally work 9 hour days and skip my lunch, so by the time i make the commute to my place, jazz/blues is the perfect music to listen to. also, normally when i wake up early in the morning (earlier than all my housemates so i can have the kitchen to myself and enjoy my coffee) i listen to early jazz.