Saturday, January 17, 2009


I am still on vacation from college, and I am coming up to the last few classes in my undergraduate career! I just registered for the foreign service exam online, and am confused whether or not I actually am on the list... or whatever they use to know that I am interested in taking the exam. The foreign service exam seems pretty intense, perhaps I should have bought the study guide that is available on the website, how convenient. 

I am going to take some summer classes, so that I can graduate and get on with the rest of my life! It's not going to be just a few classes either, I have to take 4! Well, I should meet with my advisor to check my progress and make sure everything is alright. 

The inauguration is coming up, and as much as I would love to go and see it firsthand, DC is going to be packed and frigid. All the bridges leading into and out of the city are shut down on the day of and the days preceding the event, only available for foot traffic. Metro, which can only handle 125,000 people an hour is going to be inundated with millions of people (it is estimated) I'm going to pass on the chaos, though I have young, strong legs and a good bladder! 

I can bring snacks and be in a warm place at my house or go to my church if I want to socialize. Plus, I can see Obama close up!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!

This is my first post on the blog of the new year! Frohe neues jahr 2009, yeah, that was German. Today, I went to the Israeli embassy to protest ongoing violence in the Gaza Strip and the protest moved to the Egyptian embassy. My friend Jenn (from my history of Middle East and North Africa class that I took sophomore year) and I got on some news program, that was kind of cool. 

When we were at the Egyptian embassy, people threw shoes at the building, for those who don't know, showing the soles of shoes or throwing shoes is a sign of disrespect in the Middle East. Though I support a ceasefire and peace, other people at the protest voiced their opinions of Israel being a terrorist state and Bush being equated to Hitler. Other than that, nothing bad happened! 

Yesterday, I hung out with my friend Pia, a German au pair who lives in Bethesda. Her family had a New Year's party, and I met another au pair from South Africa. I was still recovering from New Year's, so much partying in such a short period of time!