Nearing the end

May 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

Oh god. It’s really starting to sink in, this whole graduation thing. Even though I am super excited about my plans for next year, a part of me is still coping with the fact that I’ll soon be leaving Georgetown. Goodbye beautiful campus and your ridiculous amount of stairs. Goodbye wonderful M and Wisconsin. Goodbye all the great people I’ve met over the past three years (though in this case, I don’t feel too sad because I know we’ll definitely see each other again soon). Goodbye all those case studies and group presentations I’ve done as part of the business school (honestly, I probably won’t miss you as much).

Of course, I’ve been trying to hit all my favorites spots before leaving for the summer. Last week, friends and I went to Hank’s at Dupont and had our fill of delicious raw oysters from Washington state, fried shrimp and calamari, crabcakes, and lobster rolls. The weather was gorgeous, so for the first time this semester, we were able to eat outside.

Midway through our meal, we saw some White House staffers pull up on their bikes, and I noticed an Indian guy in his helmet and sneaks. Turns out it was none other than Kal Penn, of Harold and Kumar fame, who is currently working at the White House as associate director in the Office of Public Engagement. Actually, a week before, someone had held him at gunpoint before taking his belongings, so it was nice to see he hadn’t been hurt enough to prevent him from going out. The rest of our dinner was spent debating whether or not to take a picture of him, but by the time we finally decided, he had already started eating and we didn’t want to annoy him.

After a week of paper writing and studying for finals, Erin, Jia, and I decided that enough was enough. We couldn’t take campus anymore and went downtown to the capitol, where we treated ourselves to an “end of the semester” dinner at Fogo de Chao, one of those epic Brazilian barbecue places. There’s a salad bar and delicious sides, but the focus of the meal is the beef. You’re given a placard with green on one side and red on the other, and when you leave the green side up, men dressed in funny gaucho pants walk up to your table with cuts of sirloin, ribeye, filet mignon, etc on giant skewers and slice you off a piece according to how you like it cooked. When you’re full and need a break, you turn the placard on the red side.

You’d think that a ton of beef and sides like fried polenta and grilled bananas would fill us up, and it did, but fullness didn’t prevent us from ordering three desserts: turtle cheesecake, a ridiculously rich and moist chocolate molten cake, and classic creamy flan. Afterwards, the three of us all had glazed over looks on our faces and decided that, no matter how painful it was, we’d walk back from the metro station.

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