Friday, October 5, 2007

Three Days in DC

Hello everyone! Sorry I have been absent for the past couple of weeks! Last Monday (09/24) I found out that I need to be in Washington DC on for work, so things got crazy very fast, as I am leaving for New York on the 7th. Well anywho... myself and two others from Schwan's University flew down to DC on Tuesday (10/2) and came back Thursday.

We had a great time! We got there Tuesday afternoon and got ready for the BEST Awards Ceremony that evening. Everyone attending knew that they had received an award, but the ceremony is where you find out your rankings, we came in at 42nd. Anywho... after the ceremony we decided to do some quick nightime sight-seeing.

We went to the WWII memorial, the Korean memorial, and the Lincoln memorial. Then we had our driver give us a tour around the city. We saw many wonderful monuments and then went back to the hotel to get some much needed sleep.

On Wednesday we finished up our work by giving a presentation on leadership development and then continued being tourists. Beth and I walked all over DC and our feet are remembering Capital Building, the Botanic Gardens, some of the Smithsonian museums, the Holocaust Museum, the National Archives, White House, Vietnam Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial. In addition to these, we also got to see the Presidential Motorcade... as we were coming up on Pennsilvania Avenue, we saw that they were shutting down the entire street, then all of a sudden there were numerous cop escorts and black SUVs, as well as a helicopter circling above us. Both drivers that we had that day, also gave us tours of the city! Our drivers were great and we could not have been any more pleased with the hospitality in DC, it was very impressive!

Eventually, Thursday came around and we decided that we still wanted to head up to Arlington National Cemetary. Although our feet were killing us we figured that we had to make this trip. So we ventured out once again and saw all of the famous memorials within the cemetary. We saw JFK's gravesite and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I was taken back by the size of this place. There are over 310,000 people buried there, and they have an average of 28 burials each day. Below is the view from JFK's grave, looking out at the capital building.

Also, there are a couple pictures of me that Beth took on this trip. The first is me, posing as a statue at the Korean Memorial (they told me to play "tragedy" so I'm playing "broke"). Then there is me at the Botanic Gardens and then in front of the Jefferson Monument. Mine and Beth's motto for the day was "Strike a Pose!" So I thought I would share... :)

I'll write from New York! Talk to you all soon!!!

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