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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!
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!