Day 7: June 21, 2013

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My study abroad experience in Washington, D.C. has officially ended! My group and I leave for London tomorrow afternoon. Tonight we are doing laundry, packing, and going to a bar to celebrate our last night in this city. We turn in our dorm keys tomorrow morning and head to our respective airports for our bazillion-hour flights to England.

This morning we hiked down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Old Post Office to hear our last speaker. Afterwards, we took the elevator/climbed our way to the very top of the tower of the building to see the view. It was stunning, if not a little dizzying!

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We headed back to the ASU Washington D.C. center for lunch and our debriefing session. Some of the group took the metro, but I wanted to walk so I could experience the city one last time – plus take some awesome pictures.

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It does not seem real that my time in D.C. is over. I have tonight and a little bit of tomorrow here, and then I will be gone.

I definitely don’t want to leave. I was just getting the city down. I was just starting to figure out where everything is. I was still enjoying the fact that the National Mall is only a few blocks away. I was still planning to visit museums and soak in absolutely every bit of history possible. I was still loving every second of being able to walk to the Reflecting Pool and the Washington Monument whenever I wanted.

This amazing city is going to have a special place in my heart forever. And I know for a fact that I will be back some day. After all, my dream is to someday be here for the Fourth of July so I can watch the fireworks go off over the Reflecting Pool – and I know I can make that happen!

So far this study abroad trip has been amazing. I’m learning far more outside the “classroom” than I am inside, though our speakers have been very inspiring and informative. I’m so excited to see what London has in store for all of us.

Days 8 and 9 are pretty much going to be meshed together – my flight leaves at 4 pm, goes to Chicago, then leaves at 6 pm and lands in England at 7:50 am. It’s going to be a l-o-n-g flight, and I don’t think I’ll get much sleep due to excitement/nerves. But, as my faculty director put it, if we can stay awake for as long as possible, we’ll be able to eat a big dinner then pass out at night and wake up the next morning ready to go. Before we get to sleep, though, we’ll be walking around London for some time. It’s going to be a crazy experience, but I am so excited for it!

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