20.11.2009 - 24.11.2009 46 °C
This was fun trip, I attempted to journal while I was there but I found that didn't have much to say. I just really love to travel.Washington is a great city, and I'll say it again for the millionth time, I'd love to live there one day. Surrounded by museums and monuments, art and history, our nation's legacy, you can't help but to feel patriotic. It's inevitable because the city itself just feels so American. And I mean that in both the best and worst ways. A lot of what you see feels so authentic, and surreal, because you've seen pictures in history books all your life. But a lot of what you see is like an Americanized imitation, most everything is literally spelled out for you and originality is rare.
Anyways, I was in DC for bussiness, (which feels really wierd to say.) My employeer, Campus Life sent Gregg, Collin, Jack, Holly and myself to the National Conference on Student Leadership. The conference itself wasn't anything special, most of the information covered was material I had learned in Communications classes. Luckly, we had alot of free time outside of the conferenece. But aside from my purchase at H&M, everything was paid for. We were alotted $72 a day for food! (That is almost a months groceries.)We were able to see alot of the city, all of the monuments, a few Smithsonians, the nation's largest Catholic Church and Georgetown. I got some great pictures. Photography is becoming increasingly important to me. I love being able to capture a feeling, a moment, a memory.
I could spend days in the National Gallery of Art, this trip I didn't get to set foot inside it. It's not easy traveling without a plan, without priorities, and without people who have similar interests as you. Jersey Boys and As You Like It were showing, there was an Improv Night at a Georgetown pub, and in the Hiroshima museum there was contemporary art upstairs that I had to skim over; Alberto Giacometti, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso. It hurt!