Sunday, July 22, 2012

The end is in sight (unfortunately)

It’s starting to set in that I only have three weeks left here in the wonderful city of Washington DC, and that’s saddening to me. I have had such a great time here meeting great people, doing work I can be proud of, witnessing some big moments in American history first-hand, and taking part in other parts of history. I’ve truly been blessed this summer, and couldn’t have asked for more. It feels like I just got here, and before I know it I’ll be headed to the airport to leave…I can’t believe it. Enough about that, let’s talk about my past week here in DC.I had a great week this past week. The two biggest highlights of my week were on Saturday, when I got to tour the White House AND go to the Nats game with my mentor, Michael Winter. I had never been to the White House, and it was AWESOME! I got to see all of the typical tourist rooms plus a few others. I learned that the Presidential Seal used now isn’t the original seal. Originally the eagle faced the arrows it was holding (America looking toward war), however after World War II, Harry Truman changed the way the eagle is facing so that it faces the olive branch (America looking toward peace). I also got to see the kitchen, and a part of the original outer wall of the White House. I learned that the White House wasn’t always white, it was painted white after the British burnt it in the early 1800s. The Nats game was awesome as well. It was a rainy day, but our seats were covered, so the game was still quite enjoyable. I bought my first Nats hat, and I love it. This coming week will be great as well, as I’ll be meeting former Secretary of Transportation Norm Mineta. I can’t wait to tell you all about it next week! Until then, be safe and live it up during our last few weeks!

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