Where my heart stayed. (And I came back!)

If you would've asked me three years ago whether I would move to Washington, DC, I totally would've answered a big hell no to the political city.

But it all changed after I lived there this summer. Sure, DC is still and will always be filled with politics, but I discovered that the nation's capital is just more than that. I left my heart in DC, and I am now trying to come back there after graduation in December.

You can say I'm pretty DC-obsessed. I probably have annoyed a number of people with my "when I was in DC..." and "I know this place in DC..." lines ever since I came back to Sioux Falls. I apologize if I ever annoy you with those.

 Tidal Basin, DC.

Tidal Basin, DC.

I was back in DC last week for ACP National College Media Convention and beyond thrilled to be back here even only for 5 days. Even better, this time I had the chance to go to the Washington Post office, went to cool session, went to the White House tour, AND see Bob Woodward (Watergate journalist guy a.k.a. my idol) in person talking at the conference.

Also, now that I think about it, I should've brought copies of my résumé and slid them on everyone's desk at WaPo. (Soon-to-be-graduate desperation)

 WaPo penthouse with Taylor.

WaPo penthouse with Taylor.

 The one and only Bob Woodward.

The one and only Bob Woodward.

The one thing I like about DC is the balance between work and fun, so we did just that. After a crazy day of conference and tour, the group and I had a pizza night to celebrate Maria's birthday and hanging out at the Lincoln Memorial after that.

I also got to go out with some of my ex-coworkers from VOA Indonesian Service and to celebrate Lucas' and my mid-birthdays.

 The conference group at Pi Pizzeria.

The conference group at Pi Pizzeria.

 Luke and I after our birthday dinner at Barcelona Wine Bar.

Luke and I after our birthday dinner at Barcelona Wine Bar.

Now I'm back in Sioux Falls studying and applying for more jobs, per usual. However, I am so excited to celebrate my 22nd birthday tomorrow (!!!) and will be back in DC next week for the Marine Corps Ball! More on those two next week :)

That's all that I have for today. Have a great (and lit) Halloweekend, everyone!