This was my last week of my internship. By this afternoon, I will be back in my hometown with two weeks before moving into law school and what is sure to be "1L" of a year (sorry for the terrible pun).
Friday, August 12, was our last day of the internship. Early this morning, like 6:00am, I met up on the Capitol complex with another intern that lived nearby so that we could take pictures of the buildings in the morning when they look really pretty with the morning sun. At 6:00am, it was already 70 degrees. It was nice though because no one was around aside from a few security guards.
In the afternoon, I met up with another fellow and one of our friends to give a tour of the Capitol building. It was cool because the other fellow worked with a House office and I was with the Senate so our friend got both sides of the tour. We were able to go pretty much everywhere, including the hideaway office. That afternoon, four other interns and I took our smurfs and did a Capitol Hill tour for ourselves and to take pictures. A few times, tourists saw us and asked if we were part of the Cult of the Smurf.
After work, I went home to change and then headed over to E Street Cinema, a really cool movie theatre that plays a unique film selection, to see "The Devil's Double." The film is based on a true story but also highly fictionalized with more "Hollywood" added to it, but was a really interesting, graphic story about Udday Hussein's body double.
After the film, I headed back to Clarendon to go to Liberty Tavern and Clarendon Ballroom for the last time (for this trip) in DC. I even got to practice more Spanish with someone we met at the bar. After we left the club, I hopped on the metro back to Capitol South to go home and pack up all of my stuff. I had done part of the checkout before I left so I really just had to clean the room and throw things back into the suitcase. I finished packing around 4:00am. One of my friends in the building was flying out the same day I was but we had different flight times (her cab left at 6:00am), so right before her cab left, she stopped by my room to say goodbye.
When I took my cab (an EnviroCab - if I can, I prefer to take a hybrid cab), the driver and I talked a bit about DC and then got to talking about soccer and the Barçelona - Manchester United game from a few weeks ago. He said that the entire stadium was packed for the game so he and his friends had to watch from a tv in a bar. We started talking about club soccer teams and when I was talking about Real Madrid, he asked if I was part Spanish, which made my day (and made for a larger tip even though there's no tipping cab drivers in Spain). Even though I am really excited to go back home to see family and friends and do some kayacking and play some tennis, I'm going to miss DC. But, it feels like I'll be returning soon anyway.