Evenings and Weekends

My friend, Tori, and me outside the National Archives

My friend, Tori, and me outside the National Archives

One of the best things about being in D.C. for my internship is the opportunity to fill my evenings and weekends with visits to great museums. As someone interested in history, art, and architecture, museums are a great way to learn more about my favorite things. I’m about half-way through my internship now and have already visited 6 different museums…including 3 visits to the National Portrait Gallery alone. I even managed to rally after a long day of work on Ellis Island and visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Just walking around these two cities, D.C. and N.Y.C. is a lesson in architectural history. I’ve had to control my impulse to photograph every single building that I see! I also enjoy scouting out little places that tourists don’t normally get to see. It was on one of these adventures that I stumbled across Capitol Hill Books near the Eastern Market Metro. It’s the used book store of my dreams! A three-story building where every nook and cranny is filled with old books. Every topic you can imagine, stacked to the ceiling, with great little notes sprinkled throughout. My favorite reads:
Me with Morton "Jim" Toole, Vietnam Vet and owner of Capitol Hill Books

Me with Morton “Jim” Toole, Vietnam Vet and owner of Capitol Hill Books

Dear Philosophers, This section is in ALPHABETICAL ORDER- insofar as alphabets, orders, or indeed anything is in fact real. Please stop trying to free it from the bonds of Conventionality. Thank You ♥  
On the roof of the D.O.I. building before the Secretary of the Interior's Historic Preservation awards. Green roof and great views!

On the roof of the D.O.I. building before the Secretary of the Interior’s Historic Preservation awards. Green roof and great views!

Finally, there are the great extracurricular events that we are invited to as Latino Heritage Interns. The Department of the Interior (via the Latino Heritage Internship Program) and the Hispanic Access Foundation have arranged for us to attend the Secretary of the Interior’s Historic Preservation Awards, have coordinated special tours of historic sites, even arranged a special movie screening at the White House. The behind the scenes perks continue at my internship site. My H.A.B.S. supervisor has arranged for a tour of all the off-limits areas of Ellis Island when we go back next week and we’ll be getting a behind-the scenes tour of the Library of Congress in mid-July. Everything in life is what you make of it, and I’m making the most of my internship, grateful for all the opportunities.

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