I am back in Charleston after a whirlwind trip to D.C. for three busy days.
I was on the phone with my Mom on Friday telling her about my day and she said that my trip was the perfect Valentine's to myself. If you know me IRL (in real life), you know my pure love and passion for D.C., politics, and government.
As soon as I stepped out of the taxi at Union Station, I felt as though I had never left. I was smart enough to take my old Metro card with me, and it still had some money on it! Win! All weekend, I played "mother hen" to two guys that go to law school with me. If it had not been for me, these guys would have been lost and late for everything.
Once we got settled in at the Omni, we headed up the street to the convention hotel. We got there just in time to hear THE guest speaker of the afternoon. The one and only Donald Trump. He all but said that he would be seeking the Republican Presidential nomination in 2012. Thoughts? Ehhh...yeah he might be able to rebuild our struggling economy, but I don't see him as the diplomatic type.
Thursday night, I met one of my closest friends from college for dinner and drinks. Christa and I were Chi-Os together and lived in the sorority house our Sophomore year. She works for NatGeo. It was so good to see her and catch-up. She has offered me her couch for the summer if I get an internship in D.C. We had dinner in Adams Morgan at Bourbon. This restaurant was established just for me! I LOVE bourbon. I tend to shy away from all other liquors for various reasons, but bourbon and I have special connection. I ordered the Method tasting flight. I wish I had pictures, but Christa and I were, too, caught up in the conversation that I forgot to take pictures.
|Sammi, Christa, and I|
Following dinner and a couple of drinks, the two guys with me meet us at Millie & Al's for a karaoke session. The friendly folks of D.C. got a taste of my karaoke abilities. Hope they were impressed!
|Christa and I|
The rest of the day was pretty uneventful. We listened to a couple more speeches. Walked around to the different organizational booths. For the most part, many of these political conventions/conferences are student org fairs on crack. I picked up ten new pens, three calendars, two reusable grocery bags, two figurine stress balls, a luggage tag, and entered upwards of 25 different drawings for an iPad. My inbox is about to be flooded with emails from organizations I have little to no interest in learning more about, but I figured I needed to give myself a good chance at winning....so why not enter everyone I saw.
|My favorite swag item of the weekend. Capital shaped stress ball.|
We stopped by the National Museum of American History.
|Piece of the Berlin Wall|
Are there any cities you would love to live in? (realistic or not)
Here comes another week, lovelies!