So I wait until the last 2 weeks of my stint in D.C. to fully explore the museums and places that D.C. has to offer, huh? Lol. My friends from home arrived on Friday to visit me and we had a full schedule, thanks to my friend Kathleen a.k.a. Itinerary Maker.
Friday we started off easy and I took them to Georgetown. This time was different for me because I actually went up a side street, lol. The houses and neighborhoods are absolutely beautiful and we all agreed that if we had the funds we totally live there.
Saturday we went to the Capitol, Union Station, the Library of Congress, and the Air and Space Museum.
Sunday we invited Evan along to visit the National Zoo and the National Portrait Gallery. We also walked by the White House.It was good fun and later on that night I made pancakes for everyone. Yummy!
Monday we went to the National Archives, National Gallery, and the Museum of Natural History.
Tuesday we went to the Holocaust Museum and the monuments, including the Einstein Statue by the science society or something like that. The Holocaust Museum was beautifully done and I am glad I got a chance to see it.
Today, we got up early for a hearing on The Challenges to UN Peacekeeping and the panel we stayed for was the first one with U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice. It was interesting, but not the best I’ve been to. Also, one thing that annoys me about the hearings, and that annoyed my friend to, was that when people are given 5 minutes to ask questions they spend most of the time praising the witness and then getting to poorly formulated questions or ramblings. IT’S ANNOYING! GET TO THE POINT PLEASE! Honestly, every single representative ran out of time for these reasons. Ask the question and move on. The person is glad that you think they are great, it was already in the opening statement, so just ask your question. Geez!
My friends and I parted ways around 1ish and I headed to a briefing at the Capitol Visitor Center on “Water Is Medicine”, which discussed the need for involvement in providing water and sanitation in developing countries. Ezma and some of her colleagues were there is well.
It’s been a great time, and I am glad my friends got me out to places I otherwise probably wouldn’t have gone. Some things I had done, but most I had not. It was good to have people from home, although it was an eye opener to some of the effects of distance. :-/ Such is life.
I meet Raul who will take over International Programs tomorrow…finally. I’ll let you know how that goes.
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