It’s no secret that I spent Monday in DC at the inauguration. Let me start out by saying that it was an AMAZING experience and if you ever get the chance to go, DO IT. Even if you aren’t into politics (I’m not) or aren’t super excited about the president being inaugurated. It’s still really cool. I felt that excitement for the first time and it almost made me want to become interested in politics. Almost.
5:15am- woke up, packed food, made hot chocolate, got dressed
5:30- drove to nearest metro station an hour away (hit no traffic)
6:30- got on said metro (surprisingly empty)
7:00- arrived in DC. Followed the crowds to our gate.
7:30- got in line for security which moved surprisingly fast. Then tragedy hit. They took my water bottle. Oh helllllllll no. I almost started crying (not even joking). It means a lot to me and when my mom texted me to ask how it was (she was worried I might get killed or something), all I said was that my water bottle got taken. I was pretty upset about it. It has a lot of sentimental value between the stickers and the ribbons, and now they’re all gone. The tickets said we could bring in food and drinks but they didn’t like that it was metal so we had to part ways. I have a lululemon one coming in the mail this week, hopefully. I’ll be making memories with my new water bottle. It was time to let go, as sad as I am about it.
8am- arrived at our spot after pushing through crowds. Read books, tried to read blogs but there were so many people (700,000) that my internet didn’t work. Therefore my phone also lost battery very quickly.
9am- some festivities started like the random choirs singing and stuff. It helped pass the 3.5 hours until the event started. I had eaten all my snacks before 10am and was hungry for the rest of the time. Not a wise decision.
11:30am- This is where my pictures turn crappy. Something happened with the screens on the TV that made these weird lines all over it. This is also where the sun went away and it got really cold, I started to have to pee, lost feeling in my calves, and got cramps in my feet (dumb uggs). Oh, and the inauguration started. But that’s not a big deal or anything. Just the president of the united states. All the performers were incredible. My mom is the biggest James Taylor fan. She pretends they’re like friends or something. We found out through my connections at the marina that he actually lives in our town which nobody knows (so keep it on the DL) and he paddleboards by our boat all the time with his kids, gets ice cream at the marina’s ice cream shop, etc. Pretty cool to be able to relate that back.
12:30pm- Still have to pee. Really bad now. Oh, and my feet were dying, I was starving, I was convulsing because I was so cold. We literally ran out of there as fast as possible to hop on a metro to Georgetown. They were so crowded we ended up walking as far away from the capital building as possible to find another metro.
1:30- made it to Georgetown. Still hungry, still have to pee. First stop: food.
2:30- we finished lunched and wandered around the shops in Georgetown. Lululemon, Vineyard Vines, Kate Spade, SPRINKLES CUPCAKES all won my heart. Too bad I didn’t buy anything except some cupcakes to bring home to my roommate.
4pm- We were tired so we made our way back towards the center of DC and onto a metro to head home.
6pm- made it home alive, went to Pasta Mista for take out. They have the BEST baked ziti ever. It’s amazing and I get it at least once a week during the semester. We can’t cook right now since our oven and stove are broken but it’s being delivered today so I’ll be able to eat my own food again!
10pm- Crashed. Oh, and came back to my room which looked like my suitcases threw up all over everything. Sweet life. Unpacking wasn’t done until yesterday. It’s fine.
Whew! Long recap. But anyways, that was my DC experience. It was incredible and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Maybe with some more sleep next time…
Do you have a weird attachment to something?
Like me and my water bottle. I’m known for it around campus.
Did you watch the inauguration and see me on TV? ;)