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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!


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