What makes life in a strange city awesome? Throw in a wonderful internship, amazing friends, a pretty city like Washington and the polar vortex. Sprinkle it with some laughter, smiles, bickering and craziness. Shaken not stirred, and voila your mix of a crazy time is ready!
That is exactly what happened with me in D.C. Here are some moments I will cherish for a lifetime:
Moment 1: I grew up with my father playing songs by the Beatles. He told me everything I know about the British band. Fifteen years later, I am in D.C. and a friend offered me a free ticket to a Beatles tribute concert. The concert took place in the same arena where the Beatles played for the first time in the U.S. 50 years ago. It was an amazing night. I went completely berserk when they played “Hey Jude.” It was perfect end to a wonderful night.
Moment 2: A day at Theodore Roosevelt Island proved to be a long walk. Not complaining – it was awesome. But I was over-dressed for a walk in the woods. I am always enthusiastic about hopping around in the woods doing weird stuff. And I was glad that I shared this interest with Alejandro. We went around the trail trying to avoid the swampy areas (we did not want to spoil our nice shoes), dancing and trying to look out for some vegetation. It felt like we went to Narnia and back. And I guess we clicked more than 200 pictures that day. It definitely was a walk to remember. Not to forget the really big ice cream cones that we got later in Georgetown.
Moment 3: When we all agreed to watch “High School Musical” and relive our high school days, it was great fun. Though I did not remember all the lyrics and dance steps, it was still good. Dancing like crazy in the living room and laughing all along is something that will stay with me for a lifetime. I told my mom about it, and she said, “Are you still kids or what?” Though I did not say anything about it then, I thought to myself – it’s mandatory to grow old; it’s optional to grow up. It sure was one long and fun-filled night.
Moment 4: Two days at the Newseum were pretty cool. Looking at the history of news was an overwhelming experience. The most amazing part was the documentary on the 9/11 attacks. I almost cried. I also did a stand up, where I pretended to be a reporter. It was really awkward. I was stumbling over the words in a script on a teleprompter, but the words were going by too fast, and I kept saying “what,” “what was that.” If anyone saw it, I would be jobless.
I enjoyed the visit, though the 4-D movie was a disappointment. The best thing at the Newseum was the Pulitzer Photo Gallery. It was amazing to see how the best photographers in journalism capture some of the most life-changing experiences in a single picture. A picture is worth a thousand words.
Moment 5: This is for all the times my friends and I had food together at new places. I love how all of us share the love for food. We are always up for eating, be it Busboys and Poets, Ted’s Bulletin or even McDonald’s. We have had a fair amount of food there.
I am always exited to eat at McDonald’s. It tastes better and different than at home. Back in India, most people don’t eat beef, so the burgers are made from chicken or vegetables. Every kind of McDonald’s food is Indianized with spices and condiments (not complaining – it’s good), but then it’s just not American anymore. For that sole reason my friends here have said, “I literally cannot handle your excitement for McDonald’s.” All in good humor, or so I guess. I love my friends and am glad that we are all foodies.
These past months have been a hell of ride, and these are not the only moments that I will take back with me. There are way more concoctions that I have not talked about yet. I don’t know about the rest but, I literally love this crazy cocktail life.