Time's running out folks, I'm only in DC for another four days :(
The last week and a half has been so packed that I feel like it's been weeks and weeks. Last Friday I hopped on a BestBus bus to New York for my best friend's birthday. I highly recommend BestBus if you're planning on heading over to New York. It was $50, and there was water, outlets, and wifi.
Last time I went to New York, I honestly hated it. I promised myself that I would never live in New York and I had convinced myself that I hated there. After this last trip, let me clarify -- I hate Manhattan. It's so sterile, and even though there are a lot of really diverse people there, it just feels somehow crowded while being lonely at the same time. This time, I stayed with my friend in his house. First of all, a house with five guys is just as dirty as you'd expect it to be (no offense Stevie). Second of all, I think I could learn to love New York. We were staying in Brooklyn but ventured out into the Lower East Side and Chinatown.
I'm not much of a tourist, and we spent most of the weekend going to house/roof parties but I did visit the original flat iron building and walked the High Line. The High Line was super long and I was seriously regretting wearing heels by the time we were done, but the view was so worth it. We rushed to get to the end, as they were closing it down in fifteen minutes, but we got there in the nick of time for a gorgeous sunset overlooking New Jersey. I'm still not used to how close everything is on the East Coast.
My first and second night in Brooklyn, we stayed out until six a.m., which understandably took a toll on us eventually. On my third day, I woke up around the same time the friend I was sharing a couch with did and we looked at each other confused. Why the hell was it still dark? Had we only managed to sleep an hour? No, my friend. It was seven p.m. We had slept the entire day away.
We resigned ourselves to a day of vegging out and ordered crappy Chinese food, eating it out on the street watching the same people we had seen leave for work in the morning come back home after a long day (just the start of ours). It was the best experience and trip that I could've asked for, and I wouldn't have traded it for anything else.
My last day there was bittersweet. I was happy to come home to D.C., but I was so sad to leave all the new friends I had made, and my best friend as well of course. We hit up the Shake Shack where I ate a truly aggressive burger that had cheese bursting out from unknown places before I paid an unreasonable amount for Pinkberry and hopped on a bus back home.
Once I came home to D.C. I think I spent a good three days recovering from the trip by sleeping all day and watching Netflix. Thursday finally rolled around though, and Jacob and I had our second, and last (lol) meeting with our boss. Afterwards, we had the alumni event, which I was dreading because of how tired I was. I may or may not have awkwardly lead my roommate five blocks in the wrong direction. Oops. Honestly, it was a great event. My roommate and I literally spent the whole time just eating food. I was so happy to see President Pershing again. Last year I worked as a Presidential Ambassador and got to work with the President and his wife, and it was the best experience of my undergrad so far!
Yesterday, we headed out bright and early to go to Annapolis. Annapolis is beautiful, and I found myself wishing that I went to the Naval Academy, which is gorgeous. It got way too hot though, and by the time we went to get food I had reverted to full on cranky toddler mode. Sorry Jason and Gina!!
Although I don't eat sea food, it was still really fun there, although I will admit I'm majorly butthurt that all the interns took a picture together on the docks while Madison and I were on the upper level. We met a super super cute Cavalier dog who was so soft and happy to see us though, so it was kind of worth it. After we went to grab lunch, we got some amazing ice cream and trekked up the hill to the state building. The whole way up, Gina's ice cream was melting and it was leaving this trail of ice cream behind her. I'm pretty sure you could've tracked her from the entrance of the ice cream shop all the way to the front entrance of the state building, it was hilarious. We got a tour from the sweetest lady ever, and I made an effort to be more lively for her sake. I love people who are dedicated to history, and Ruth was seriously the nicest, most adorable woman I have ever met. Her enthusiasm was infectious, and now I know way more about Annapolis and Maryland than I ever thought I would.
Now, I'm just trying to close out one last difficult article before my internship is over, so wish me luck!!