DC is hot as hell when I got here: DC reached the heat index of 102 degrees. I don’t think I have ever sweated this much in my life. I must have drank about 4 bottles of water outside, and that is only barely enough to keep me hydrated.
But still, the walkabout more than made up for the heat. This is what I love: just picking myself up across the country, land in a city where I don’t know anyone, and start exploring. All I need is my backpack, a camera, my iPod, water, and a pair of legs, and then I’m good to go.
So today, I hauled my ass down to Pennsylvania Ave and walked around The Mall.
1) Freedom Forum headquarters: I love the fact that they have the First Amendment as a giant sign on the front of their building
2) The Washington Monument from afar: as Peter Griffin once said, looks awful lot like a penis
3) Congress: where public interest goes to die.
After walking around The Mall for a while, I entered the National Gallery of Art, the East Wing only for today.
4) National Gallery of Art, East Wing Main Entrance
5) The Rotunda inside the NGA: forgot to turn on the flash for this one.
6) Money’s flower vase: I accidentally moved my hand while this picture was being taken, so it appears blurry
7) Van Gogh’s self-portrait:
8) Gauguin’s bathers: This reminds me of the time when I took Moral Psychology at Cal, and I was reading Bernard William’s paper on moral luck, and Gauguin was used as an example.
9) Manet’s The Dead Toreador:
10) I don’t remember the title or the artist for this piece, but something about it struck me
11) One of the many Madonna and Child’s at the gallery:
12) A bust of Lorenzo de Medici: of interest to me because he was the titular prince of Machiavelli’s famous book. You might say that if Lorenzo de Medici never existed, I wouldn’t be studying political theory.
13) The Pieta:
14) Two women looking outside their window: I still don’t know what the woman on the right is giggling about
15) The first recorded game of “dare” gone horribly wrong
Then I went to Chinatown for grab a sandwich:
Finally, went home after about five hours in the sun, and by that time I was feeling a little bit burned out, literally.
I am having a lot of fun in DC, and tomorrow for the rest of the week I’m going to explore some more, hit up all the museums and just enjoy myself before I start work on Monday.
For tonight, I’m going to Momo’s to catch the Lakers-Celtics game.