Throwback: DC Adventures

Photo credit:  Claire Anderson via Unsplash

In the summer of 2014, I worked at McDonalds for a month, got funding from my college and went to the US. On my own.

I was scared, my parents were also scared but it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

I had previously written about that month in my previous blog (“The Repocrat”) but I wanted to share my early attempts at blogging with you guys.


Travel: The Modern First World Saga

A Memoir by Asta Diabaté.

That’s what a dear friend of mine commented at my posting on Facebook the following:

“First order of business after settling in my room: getting my Starbucks Frappuccino. Then, I can worry about SIM cards, and food and etc.”

I did get my Starbucks Frappuccino. I was, however, shocked. Too sweet for my taste, granted that I asked the barista to add vanilla syrup and forgot to ask for an extra shot of espresso. Still.

Food here seriously seems to be sweeter. I tried the “butter” that they give at breakfast and I can tell you that that is not butter as the Lord intended it.

I did buy the SIM Card, speeding around $70 to be granted internet in order to survive in DC and beyond. And that’s another thing that I find strange. The fact that I do not know how much something is going to cost fully because the taxes get added on the spot.

Have I been productive since I’ve got to DC around 3 days ago? Have I had the chance to sightsee and meet people?


My pathetic attempt of taking a selfie.

Yes and no? Yesterday was the only day where I took time to visit stuff. I went to the National Museum of American History. I’ve seen Julia Child’s kitchen!



Julia’s Kitchen

I could not see everything that I wanted. Sad affair. It is my fault though, since I spent more than an hour in the Food Exhibition section of the Museum.


McDs’ Take Away thingies in the 1990s

One of the highlights of the visit: seeing the Lunch Counter of the Greensboro Sit-in!


But, I’ve been productive! I’ve been dividing my time between finally chilling after a few hectic months;  watching trash TV (The Real Housewives of NYC at the moment because unfortunately I can’t find episodes of The Real Housewives of DC); and starting my research.

The research bit is arguably the best bit, even though trash TV is clearly a close second. I’m currently trying to figure out whether I want to focus on architecture and its role in propaganda or on the branding of the GOP. I’ve been so diligent that last night I ended up going to bed around 2 am after watching this documentary on the Tea Party. Hurray. Scary that I found myself agreeing with some of the things they were thinking…..

As I write this blog post, I am lounging on my hostel bed, whilst face-timing my dad who is currently watching a football (or should I say soccer?) game of Ivory Coast vs. Sierra Leon (is that how you spell it?)

I’ve got to go to Barnes &Nobles now and snoop for interesting books to buy since everything seems cheaper here.

‘Till next time.

Have you recently been thinking about some of your travels? Let me know!


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