Well, last week’s heat felt like it would never come to an end, but you know it could be worse. It was still exciting though, because 4th of July smack dab in the middle of the week, what’s better than a mid-week day-off? (Maybe if it had been on a Friday, but I don’t mind waiting two more years for that) I had about the most American 4th of July imaginable: went to a BBQ/party at the home of one of my fellow Brookings’ interns, enjoyed roasted corn, veggie burgers (maybe not that American), and beer (makes up for the lack of patriotism of veggie burgers), laughed with good company, ventured into the 100 degree heat for a big ice cream cone (unfortunately not pictured, because it was consumed almost immediately- they had my favorite flavor Chocolate Malt!) and then watched the fireworks at the White House. Because I was way too ”in the moment” to take photos, the only photo I do have from 4th of July is of Michael standing on a huge lawn chair in front of the Duke Ellington School of Arts, while walking to get said ice cream.
Later that week, I ventured to the Donovan House with my friend Richard, pictured on the top right. We enjoyed their happy hour ($5, not the greatest of happy hours, but its swanky decor makes up for it) on their rooftop pool deck. We loved the view and even made some friends! After that, we had dinner at El Centro. Now, I grew up in California, so I’ve always had easy access to delicious and cheap Mexican food, but I really wanted enchiladas. Dishes ranged from $11-$20, so not that cheap and not actually that memorable, but it fulfilled my desire for cheese and green enchilada sauce. After that we went to Marvin, a great bar just north of U Street on 14th. They have a lovely rooftop, very classic, dark and wooden!
The next day, I discovered a public pool very close to my studio, which is actually more exciting than I am making it sound. It’s huge, divided into three sections, a shallow, middle and very deep end (12 feet across!). It’s free for D.C. residents, so you have to prove your residency with a D.C. ID or a utility bill or lease (which is what I brought). I think I went late enough that the “bouncers” were too tired to notice my CA ID. Regardless of their possible boredom or heat exhaustion, I wouldn’t count on that though, so be sure to bring something with your D.C. address just in case! Later that night, I ended up at a house party in Petworth; funny enough most of the guests in attendence were Georgetown Security Studies students, but I didn’t hide my SAIS pride!
The next day, Michael treated me to a lovely brunch at the Darlington House. This place is beyond my budget, but it’s a good place to go… say when generous, loving parents are visiting? Post-graduation dinner? Very nice date? He had Eggs Benedict and I had the Red Flannel Hash, which I am definitely going to make. Roasted potatoes, beets, onions- topped with poached eggs!
Overall, a very relaxed week, but you know what they say about summer. I am looking forward to a few events this week, if you’re around town please check out this event tomorrow at Brookings about the United Nations Human Rights Council and this event Friday at CSIS on Syria.