I made it!
25.09.2007 - 25.09.2007 31 °C
So I'm here, sleep deprived, sticky (that would be the layers of persperation and humidity which accumulate after every bout of drying in full blast air conditioning...gross!), but wide-eyed and excited. I love cities! Honking horns and bad drivers aside, this place is wonderful. Every store I have been into manages a certain quaint and simultaneously claustrophobic aura, and despite the fact that things are just ever-so-slightly-different here, I don't think I'll have too much trouble calling this place home...temporarily.
I arrived early this morning, unpacked and went out exploring. I live near Dupont Circle which is a little cultural niche of Northwest D.C. encircling most of the embassies and consulates (a.k.a. an International Relations major's heaven!). Restaurants galore...this is when I wish internships paid a more generous stipend (and by 'generous' I mean more than zero). Speaking of work, I start Thursday after another round of orientations here at the UC Washington Center where I live. This place is nuts. Its a great building, built and suited perfectly for the short-timer here in DC but the security is insane (parents: rest easy). I have to show and ID EVERY SINGLE TIME I walk into the building to the security guard on duty 24/7 (or pay a $100 fine!!??!!!), I need a separate electronic key pass to swipe to get into the stairwell or elevator and then another key to open my apartment door, followed by one more turn of the brass to get into my room!! Slightly absurd, but I do feel safe.
Well, I'm here and I am very excited about the next 10 weeks. I have tons to see here and plenty in nearby New York and further down the Potomac. Ciao!