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Sunday, August 24, 2014

ROCK CREEK PARK [12.5 - FINAL WEEK]


tuesday, was a rainy day, which i was first upset about, but it worked out for the best. it was nice for this california girl to see some summer rain before she left! it always makes me feel a little out of place, because it is a rare occurrence in california, which i like.




early in the morning, i made my way to the mary mcleod bethune council house, which is of course run by the nps. i had never heard of her before, but was eager to learn. she was a big activist for african american and women's rights. the home is a row house right in the middle of a residential street. even though it was a little place, i really enjoyed. i can't wait to go back and see the woodson house (located down the street) when it is open to the public.






after, I visited some of the museums i wanted to see before i left. this included the national museum of natural history museum, the national museum of american history, and the national art gallery.



the national museum of american history has an exhibit on transportation . i get very excited when california is mentioned.



architecture of the national art gallery



one of my favorite paintings at the gallery



on my way back i ran into this guy. i never noticed him before even though i have walked by the memorial many times.


a few hours later, I went out to eat with some of my co-workers from my internship. i also tried ramen for the first time, which was okay. it was really nice.

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wednesday (my last fully day - sad face- ) i decided to take it easy and see some of my favorite places in DC. i first went to rock creek park, over by pierce mill. i stayed away from the trails, due to my past experience with an evil hornet. as i said the day before, the rain was really heavy, so the creek was raging.



compare before the storm and after. i could not even walk down to the creek as shown on the left.


it was cool to see. because of this, i was not able to walk along the shallow area, but i really enjoyed it. i just sat around, listened to bon iver (the kind of music to listen to in the middle of the forest), and drew a sketch. perfect.




after, I went to georgetown. i like how the area has a mix of things. there are good food places, shops, and historic sites. i stopped at the old stone house and saw my ranger friend for the third and last time. after eating and shopping, i went to the c&o canal. it is such a cool little area. i also did a little sketch there.




i took a different path to the metro. normally i only walk along the store fronts, but I decided to follow along the canal instead. while walking, i discovered that the nps used to have canal rides. who knew. i also found more information on the canal. it was interesting.






last minute, i invited a friend to dinner. honestly, i did not want to spend my last night alone. i wanted to do something and all my housemates that were worth asking i knew would not want to come. we went out for dinner in penn quarter.

since i wanted to go see the national mall at night and he wanted to run, we compromised and saw the national mall at night while running. it also worked out well because he was a loser and had not seen some of the memorials, let alone at night. the memorials were fun, but running was difficult. i was a whimp. if a zombie apocalypse occurred, i would for sure die. no question.

it was a pleasant way to conclude my trip. in the next few days we will see how many bug bites I got.
update - i got 3.



and the only picture i was capable of taking as i was dyeing. 

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my flight was in the afternoon, but surprisingly i was in a rush. i did not expect it. last minute, i was going to have a ride, but it fell through so i went with my original plan. THE METRO! i was a genius. i decided to take 3 pieces of luggage, walk 0.7 miles to the station, get on the metro, get off, and walk to the other side of the terminal. i was tired to say the least. my arms were sore for a few days after. it was more of a work out than running! i felt more accomplished than i should have.

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as i write this (but not when it gets posted) i am on my last leg of my flight. WARNING: things are going to get a bit mushy gushy. weird, i know. i think so too. the last few days i have been reflecting on this whole experience. what does it mean to me? how do i explain it to others? how have i changed? yes we are getting all philosophical up in here.

it’s simple to say, i am so happy i did this! i may have been apprehensive at the idea of it and really I needed a friend to really push me to do this. this experience has reinforced the idea that i am always nervous when change is approaching, but once it happens, i adjust very well. also, i do not get homesick. overall, i think i have become a better person in the eyes of myself. i have gotten to study myself, learn what i want changed and what i like about myself. i think that is important. you don’t need a big change like this to go through this, but moving to a new place and not knowing anyone will do that. as lame as it is, i have more confidence in myself, both in my personal and professional life. i have enhanced skills i already had and changed bad habits. i also met some pretty great people, and some friendships I would like to maintain.

now back to the same old same old. i'd like to think i can take what i learned (specifically personally, not professionally), and adapt it back here. we’ll see.

now expect me to not post much. this always happens.

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now to not end it so mushy gushy, i will end on a tour of the house. for obvious reasons, i did not show these earlier. i lived in the shaw / mt. vernon district in an old row house. it is over a century old and originally a boarding house. pretty neat.



it's a big house, but i lived with 16 other people so it was very crowded.



my portion of the doubles room.


also, the closest commercial district was chinatown.

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now for a song! i chose night moves because it is a song that talks about the conclusion of a sentimental summer. of course, this song is too sexy to really be relatable, but it started playing when i was packing and i had a moment. i will think back to this summer fondly. even though everything was not perfect this summer, i like being able to look at memories in general and have a romantic idea about them. the bad is often forgotten and the good is enhanced. this can be dangerous, but when you point out this fact, it helps. enjoy!


Monday, August 18, 2014

TEDDY ROOSEVELT ISLAND [WEEK 12]


the last seven days were full of activities. i had completed my internship the week before, so i used this week to go to last minute places. it was pretty busy. since i did a lot, i am going to split this week in two. now first, saturday to monday!

saturday, i went to the basilica national shrine of the immaculate conception, the largest catholic church in the united states. i am in no way catholic, but it was beautiful. catholics know how to create their houses of worship. most fancy churches are gothic, but this one looked more mediterranean or even moroccan. there were mosaics everywhere, gold accents, and fancy light fixtures. i really enjoyed it.



 on the walk over there was crochet everywhere.


 i do not know why it only popped into my head towards the end of my stay, but i wanted to try my hand at urban sketching, though I know I am not very good. i wish I had started earlier in my trip.



it is not perfect, but nobody has time to make perfect arches!







ooh. pretty.


after, i stopped at fuel, a little pizza joint. it was my last time going. they do not have the best pizza, but it was decent and the place had good vibes. it is the only the place where me and my roommate would have our friday night dates.


then i went to the national portrait gallery.



this was one of my favorite pieces.


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sunday, i went to theodore roosevelt island. it was nice, but not really my cup of tea. within the island, they have a memorial to teddy. that was pretty cool. he was a big conservationist and really expanded the nps and nfs, hence why he gets an island and national park. if i had more time and money, i would have loved to go kayaking around the island. it looked pleasant.








strange looking plant




 after, we stopped at the iwo jima memorial.






then my housemates wanted to go to ihop (i happily joined). we also stopped at meridian (aka malcolm x) park in columbia heights. i was surprised by how busy it was. everywhere you looked there were families, young professionals playing light sports, and even a drum off.




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monday, i walked to the department of interior. it is a bit of a distance, but i like to walk. that has been one of my favorite things about dc. everything is relatively close together so it is not completely bogus to walk from point a to b. the department of interior has a little overlooked museum within. it was a last minute find, but i am so glad i went!

their exhibit was on the wpa and npa posters. every poster is drawn by hand. even though it may seem outdated, artists still create these. they also had a documentary, narrated by the epic morgan freeman, on the origins of the wpa posters and public murals. part of the new deal was employing artists to create these posters and murals. i was intrigued. history and art, two of my favorite things. i would have loved to go on the department of interior's public mural walking tour, but you had to make reservations with a minimum of six people. boo.









i then took a walk and found the ronal reagan world trade center and the surrounding plaza. it is a really pretty area with interesting architecture. it looks very european with the intricate architecture and stone roads. i decided to set up shop and attempt to draw a sketch.






 after, I met one of my very best friends. she goes to school with me and was in town. it was nice catching up. We ate at ted’s bulletin, which was a really good choice though we took forever to find a place! it is diner like, but has an art deco style. they also play jazz and have old movies playing. when i was there, there was lawrence of arabia.




not only did we get a meal, but shared a peanut butter banana milkshake, a homemade brown sugar poptart, and a snowball. the snowball has my favorite and made out of delicious marshmallow, coconut, and chocolate cake. nom nom.



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now for a song! i am too lazy to check, but i do not think i have ever had this song on this blog. i am not a big fan of this type of music, but i do really like this song. there are also a lot of remixes of it and i have never found a version that i do not like. enjoy!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

CONGRESSIONAL CEMETERY [WEEK 11]

compared to other weeks, this one was a bit slower. i took it easy. saturday, i went to eastern market. i heard great things about it, but honestly i was disappointed. the flea market was really small. i found out later the big flea market is on sundays. woops.

after, i walked to the congressional cemetery. it's not everyone's cup of tea, but i like to see old tombstones. the cemetery was established in 1807 and has some familiar names.



unfortunately, it is in disrepair.





they have rows of mausoleums. it's like the row houses of the dead.



creepy angel tombstone with no hand.



creepy lamb tombstone with no head



leonard matlovich is buried here. his tomb reads the well known quote: "when i was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one." he was a gay rights activist and was the first gay man in the military to purposely out himself as retaliation against the ban.



j. edgar hoover is also buried. on his grave, it states the words loyalty and integrity. questionable...




for dinner i stopped at this little place in chinatown that makes their own noodles. you can always see workers in the window making them. it was delicious.




pork low mein and egg drop soup

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the next day, i went to alexandria. i knew i wanted to go one last time before i left. it is a bit of a richy rich area, but it is nice. i decided to go to fort ward which was a bit farther away from the hub. i had to take a bus. at fort ward, everything is reconstructed, but it is nice to see how a fort would actually look like instead of it being in ruins.









i know i have posted a picture of this bad boy (who hangs out outside the hard times restaurant) before, but i just found out some details about this majestic creature. during halloween, he has a headless horseman on his back. during christmas, he wears a red nose and antlers. during george washington's birthday, this creature is in alexandria's parade with george atop. and during st. patrick's day, he has a unicorn horn. oh the epicness.



city of alexandria museum

i then walked down to the waterfront and chilled. i also got some ice cream. i love coconut ice cream.



i like my accidental photo.



no shame.



i always really enjoy the metro ride to and from alexandria. you get to go over the potomac.

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the next day, i decided to walk around the national mall one more time during the daytime. it can be a long walk, but the jefferson and fdr memorials are my favorite.







i also saw the lock keeper's home. it is located along constitution avenue in the national mall, but can be easily overlooked.





the freer gallery



i wish i could draw more sketches like this. i have been taking advantage of the last few days by trying my hand at urban sketching.



african art museum.

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this week also marked the end of my internship :( it was bitter sweet. i am really glad i did it, and i would not change a thing.




good bye office and sassy sรกnchez :(

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now for a song! i have been listening to jazz again and this song popped up. it makes me happy. i do not really know why. it is not tied to a memory. enjoy!