Well hello there -
I didn’t go out of town this week besides a day trip to Annapolis (details to come), so it looks like this week’s blog post may be a bit more focused on thoughts and a few other occurrences here and there.
So this bittersweet thing is about all I have been feeling lately. I am going to be leaving Washington, D.C. in about two weeks and just wow. I have really fallen in love with this place and this summer has been fantastic. There have been ups and downs, but honestly I am so happy here.
I have grown so much as a person - yes this is the first time I’ve really lived on my own - well, outside of a dorm/my parents’ house/my sorority house. I have managed to feed myself (and get pretty decent at cooking in the process), I have made a routine, gotten myself from A to B every day, taken care of myself when I got sick - lots of little things, but so far so good on this whole adult life.
As for work, my internship has just been such a good experience and I am getting really sad about leaving all of the amazing people I work with. I have never been surrounded by such accomplished, well-traveled, driven individuals and I feel so fortunate to have been able to work with them throughout the summer. I also now feel like an essential member of the team. I am doing tasks that are absolutely necessary for the project to run smoothly with no supervision, I take care of things myself, I correspond with consultants and embassies on my own, I feel independent and valued and it is great.
I guess that’s the bitter part. I’m going to miss my job, this apartment, Washington, D.C., my roommates, and just overall everything about this summer, but I have so many great things to come. I can’t wait to visit Boston, NYC, Miami, LA, and to move to Thailand. Holy crap I am moving to Thailand in 6 weeks. This is all the sweet stuff - I am about to live my dream and continue to see the world. Anyway, I just am overall so happy with my life and how all has worked out, but time really does fly.
Now for events - I went to this networking event hosted by my internship program on Thursday evening and it was really cool hearing the speakers and doing a bit of networking with various alumni. Although these networking events are a bit out of my element, all went well and I did get a pretty awesome water bottle.
Friday night, my roommates and I had fancy night. We got all dressed up - heels included - and splurged on a delicious dinner. After that, we headed down to view the monuments at night and take some photos. The sights were beautiful and I was yet again left in awe at the fact that I have been living in our nation’s capitol.
Next outing - My internship program took all of us to Annapolis this past Saturday. Annapolis is adorable and we were able to tour the U.S. Naval Academy, the Maryland State House, and we had lunch at this crab shack place. After a good, long nap, we went out to Adams Morgan for the evening.
And for Sunday, we slept in, late. We still managed to get a few activities in though including the National Cathedral and Georgetown. We also experienced another crazy rain storm - I am still not over how intense the rain is out here and I am really excited about the rubber ballet flats I ordered a few days ago. The not-waterproof shoes just are not cutting it anymore.
Can we also take a minute for this photo of a squirrel I took?
Overall, I just am feeling so bittersweet. I have absolutely loved this past summer, and there are so many great things to come. I feel so fortunate to be living this life and to be able to create the life I have always dreamed of. Two weeks left in Washington, then it’s time to jet set and move halfway across the world for an undetermined amount of time. I just can’t believe it.