28.09.2007 - 30.09.2007 29 °C
I made it to work in one piece for my first day! Leaving work was a different story. Lemme tell you a little secret about the women in DC...they are smart. They carry big bags (fashion smart) on their walk to the metro (health smart) where they ride the rest of the way to work (environmentally smart) where they arrive, take the smart-looking, business appropriate 4" heels out of their big bags (professional attire smart/fashion smart) and replace the comfy shoes that got them that far with these work/fashion saavy ones until 5pm when the process is reversed. Now, I generally consider myself fairly smart. I missed the memo about the who shoe-switcheroo thing. Arriving to work in one piece was easy, arriving home with feet in tact: not so much the case for me. Needless to say, problem solved come Friday morning. I now start and finish my day with California pride, walking down 17th to and from the metro in my rainbows.
Once I had worked out the logistics of a walking city I could really appreciate all the greatness of this place. My first week has consisted of a sentimental run down capitol mall. With a huge harvest moon behind me I jogged past the Washington Monument, onto the WWII Memorial, along the reflecting pool and just before hitting the Lincoln Memorial turned north to head home. Running along the lit monuments and memorials, reading quotes filled with pride and honor from wartime presidents makes me wax nostalgic for an era of (1) presidents whose speeches were believably passionate and inspired, (2) a sense of national community (3) an era of achievements to be proud of, not overshadowed by failure and misdirection. Despite my cynicism, I was able to enjoy my run and everything I have seen and will see while here in DC.
Speaking of things to do and see, this weekend has steered me through Georgetown's homecoming celebration, including a fantastic sports bar in Georgetown called Rhinos. Saturday morning brought the National Book Festival with authors Joyce Carol Oates and Dr. Sangay Gupta among the few names I recognized. I dropped into "the Castle" or the Smithsonian Institution to learn about Mr. Smithson himself and all his FREE museums!! Onto lunch at the National Museum of American Indians where I tasted a sampling of traditionally inspired native foods from the different regions of the Americas (the pumpkin soup with acorn creme was phenomenal!). From there, a wander through the United States Botanical Gardens to marvel at gorgeous plants and flowers from all over the world. Lastly, onto the capitol building steps to get a view of the entire mall! Sunday morning my roommates and I were off to Eastern Market, recently reopened after an electrical fire. Flea market, farmers market, vendor fair...all there selling their goods! Finally it was time for football and my roommate and I found this fun little bar on U Street to watch the Niners get trampled
Eventful weekend and I have barely scratched the surface! This week is back to work where I will hopefully get some more insight into exactly what my job is at Amnesty.