This week we visited Ben’s Chili Bowl, a Black-owned restaurant that’s been present in the city upward for more than 60 years. We also traveled to the White House and were surprised by all the demonstrations we saw. We walked the Washington Mall and saw the Lincoln Memorial. I read Lincoln’s inauguration and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech to myself while there (nerd things). It was great to simply have some American pride and bask in the beauty of the country.
My first week as a Discover The Unexpected fellow has been nothing short of amazing. Week one has furthered my curiosity into the program, and I hope to continue to carry this curiosity throughout the rest of my journey. From my initial arrival at the boot camp to my first day at the Washington Informer, each day has gifted me with something unexpected.