This past week has been a whirlwind of get-togethers for all of the AAPD interns, and I personally loved it. One of the main events this week for Congressional Interns specifically was a Thursday lunch with representatives from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) which funds the Congressional program. The gathering was held at the America Restaurant in Union Station which is just across the street from the Senate side of the Capitol. This was a great opportunity for all of the interns on the Hill to sit down and catch up with each other as well as personally thank the people who are making this opportunity possible for us. It was nice to take a couple hours away from the hustle and bustle of the office in the middle of the week, and the people we met were extremely friendly. By the end of the luncheon, I felt like I understood the purpose and goals of MEAF better. It was also really interesting to hear about other programs that they help fund.
I also had the opportunity to hang out with some of the other interns in a more relaxed setting on Saturday. A group of us decided to catch dinner and tour some of the monuments at night. We started off at Johnny Rockets which is a great burger diner just down the road from our apartment building. The place has a really cool 50’s feel to it, and we had fun getting to know each other better and enjoying the atmosphere. When it was dark enough for the street lights to come on, we began our tour by walking down to the Lincoln Monument. We then proceeded along the reflecting pool to the Korean Memorial (my personal favorite), the World War II memorial, wrapped around back to the Vietnam Memorial, and then headed home. It was a really long walk, but I got some great photos of the different memorials and monuments at night. I think this was a really fun way for some of us to get to know one another outside of the more professional setting of the AAPD events. I really hope we can all get together again soon.