It’s been about a week and a half since I left the wonderful place in which I spent my summer days. When I left, I was whisked off immediately to spend time with my family visiting relatives in Pennsylvania and Ohio for about a week. Soaking in the simplicity of Amish Country, I loved the contrast I was experiencing between there and the capital city.
And now I am back in Florida, smiling at old pictures and recalling adventures. I guess this is the wrap-up of my blog, which is basically going to end up being a mesh of pictures and little stories that I felt had no category to go into any earlier posts. A misfit blog post.
Let’s start with my feet, which were abused so much this summer.
D.C. involves a ton of walking. I didn’t have a car at my disposal, so it was a 0.7 mile walk to the metro station several times a day for me. It really took a toll on my feet, and I got so many bad blisters. This is also due to the fact that I refuse to wear anything but flip-flops… but hey, I’m from Florida, people accepted it.
Sorry if you are grossed out. Nah, I’m not that sorry. I talk about my feet to a lot of my friends.
Here are some metro pictures. We had sort of a love/hate relationship. In the end though, I say I will miss the handy transportation system that sometimes failed me.
So if I wasn’t killing my feet enough from all of the walking, I also tried to go running a couple times a week. It was actually really relaxing for me!
This is the bridge that was usually involved in my jogging route. Some of my close friends know I have a thing about running over bridges. It’s nice. This one happened to smell like garbage every time I went over it, which really was pleasant as I was gasping for air. But like most annoying things in life, it grew on me and now I am all sentimental over it.
The rest of my run usually consisted of going up another (long) hill, which basically made me want to die every time. Then I would go through Catholic University of America, which is really beautiful, just how I pictured a northern university to be. You know, brick and stone buildings, statues of saints.
On one run, right as I got over that dreadful hill, I saw one of the coolest sights of the summer. In a randomly placed field adjacent to the sidewalk I was on, I suddenly saw two live deer, staring back at me. It was just amazing. We were practically in the middle of the city. And at that point, it had been a long time since I had seen any wildlife. God has a way of showing me His glory in a whirlwind of busy-ness.
Speaking of God’s glory, He really blessed my summer in D.C. by leading me to a great church called Capitol Hill Baptist.
It helped keep me grounded in what was sort of a surreal environment for me, living in the city. With solid teachings, faithful and caring members, and an Intern Bible study that helped me meet so many diverse yet like-minded friends, I am overwhelmed when I think back about the impact God had on me this summer through this church! I would definitely recommend stopping by if you are ever in the area.
Here are some of my church friends– I can’t believe this is literally the only picture I have!
In this picture we are about to see an outdoor screening of a movie…I loved doing this, and I ended up going to three outdoor movies in different D.C. locations during my stay! (1. Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? 2. All the President’s Men 3. It Happened One Night)
And some other things…
Well, I did a considerable amount of sight-seeing. Spread out between a couple of Saturdays, I toured the monuments at the National Mall, ate Chinese food in Chinatown, strolled through the National Zoo and went to the Holocaust Museum with my dear intern friend Faithful.
My last week in D.C. was pretty hectic as I tried to wrap up about eight different articles for work, while also still making the most of the city and attempting to squeeze in fun activities/saying bye to friends (aka a non-fun activity).
A run through:
(This was also the time we got up the metro escalator to see our train home there across the station, and wasn’t coming again for another 20 minutes, so we literally ran through the station to barely make it into the train’s closing doors. Talk about adrenaline.)
And those are some of the things I did this summer. Thanks to my faithful following, or just not-so-faithful readers that stumbled upon this, for giving it a look. I really had an amazing summer and wouldn’t have had it any other way.