Jazz at the Sculpture Garden

Jazz NightTonight is wrapping up my first weekend living in DC. I couldn’t have planned a more perfect weekend.

Friday night I went with several of the roommates to Jazz at the Sculpture Garden. The concerts are completely free. There is a different artist each week, we heard the Speakers of the House. Lots of food trucks parked nearby and I picked up dinner there. I highly recommend anyone in the DC area for the summer to go check out this concert series.

After listening to Jazz and drinking lots of sangria, we headed out to the bars. We ended up starting the night at Nellie’s, a gay bar. This was surprisingly my first time at a gay bar. We later went to Local 16 which had a really nice rooftop patio, but reminded me of City and East on the inside (only JCU friends will know that gem!).

Saturday was an uneventful day.

serenafitSunday I woke up and did Serena Fit in the morning with four of the guys from the house. Serena was an awesome fitness instructor. She kicked our butts! Luckily I was able to stick it out the whole time… can’t say the same for all of the guys!

After Serena Fit, we stopped by the Bloomingdale Farmer’s Market where Ari was representing PureJoy. PureJoy is organic baby food. Right now they deliver locally to families in the DC area. While at the market, I stopped at a booth with some yummy looking samples. I found out that the booth was run by Joe Yonan, Washington Post food editor. He was selling his cookbook, “Eat Your Vegetables.” I was really excited since the subtitle is “Bold recipes for the single cook.” I’m always interested in cookbooks that are aimed towards smaller portion sizes so I don’t have tons of leftovers. The two samples that he provided were delicous, so I will try and recreate them soon.withrobin

Once we got back to the house, everyone showered and then a group of us went out again to Trader Joe’s. Every Sunday night we have family dinner so we picked up stuff for family dinner.

On my to do list for this week is to find a salon in DC so I can get my hair cut, preferably an Aveda salon. My next post I am going to write about the laundry service that Krash uses, don’t worry it’s actually pretty cool! 

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Settling into DC

It has been over a year since my last blog post and I have had lots of exciting adventures since Lebanon. But now I’m in the midst of my biggest adventure in all of my 23 years…

Krash WorkspaceOn Sunday, I packed up my parent’s Honda Pilot and we drove the 342 miles from Hudson, Ohio to my new home for the next four months in Washington DC!

I am relocating to DC, but for my first few months here I will be staying in a community called Krash. Krash has just launched in DC with a location in the Bloomingdale neighborhood. There are 14 other Krashers staying here with me. They are all involved with really cool projects, internships, start ups, etc.

Every Sunday Krashers have family dinner. After I was settled in this past Sunday, I went down for family dinner. It was a great opportunity to meet many of the other residents and some of their friends as well. I was very impressed by some of the dishes brought by my roommates. For example, one roommate grilled amazing shrimp kabobs and another made a delicious corn, black bean, and avocado salad. In addition to impressive culinary skills, it was fascinating to talk with my roommates Krash3aabout all of their ideas and projects. The creative energy is contagious and I am excited to see what the next few months have in store.

Some more about Krash: Krash was founded in Boston. There are three Krashpads in Boston, three in New York City, and is continuing to grow at a rapid pace across the country (and soon the world!). Krash is a full service short term housing solution. Residents can focus on their startups, personal projects, and interests, rather than worry about the logistics of their living situation. Some amenities provided by Krash are a twice weekly cleaning service, linen service, gourmet kitchens stocked with staples, and much more.

There are no TV’s in any Krash locations because the emphasis is on the experience, Krash4abuilding relationships and learning from the other roommates. Although, here in Bloomingdale (and all other Krashpads) we do a have a large projector screen so we are able to congregate together and watch the World Cup!

So that is a little about Krash and my start to DC. I hope to post many more updates over the next few weeks! Please let me know if there is anything specific you would like to hear about. It is easiest for me to share here so I can inform everyone.

Guide to Lebanon Blog Posts

It’s hard to believe how much time has passed since I was in Lebanon. Sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday and other times it feels like it was all a dream (yes, I know that sounds cliche!). Whenever I think back to those incredible ten days in Lebanon I always have a smile on my face.

In a few weeks I will be presenting again on my time in Lebanon. This presentation will be at the Hudson Library and Historical Society on Tuesday February 5th at 7:00pm. Again, I hope for those of you in the area, you will consider attending.

For anyone who is new to my blog I thought it might be helpful if I repost the links to each blog post that I made while in Lebanon. I have included a brief summary of each one.

Enjoy!

Oreos with the Ambassador = Pre-departure, reflection on orientation in Washington DC

Details from pre-departure = more information on our pre-departure orientation sessions

Walking Tour = Our first day in Lebanon we took a walking tour of downtown Beirut

All around Lebanon = Big day of touring including Khalil Gibran museum, the Cedars, and the Roman Ruins at Baalbek

Day 4 – Our first meetings = met with Michael Young, Hanin Ghaddar, Ousama Safa and Lokman Slim

Day 6 – More meetings = met with Youssef Fawaz from Al Majmoua (microfinance NGO) and toured American University of Beirut

Parliament Meeting = met with Simon Abi Ramia, member of Parliament and head of the commission for Youth and Sports

Tour of Byblos = visited Jeita Grotto and Byblos

Just Checking In = photos at the border with Israel and with UNIFIL

Music in Lebanon = details on Najwa Karam performance at the Achrafieh Music Festival and our visit to Skybar

Visit to the US Embassy in Beirut = details on the life of US ambassadors in Lebanon

ANERA = met with Bill Corcoran, president of American Near East Refugee Assosciation, who does work with Palestinian Refugees

 

Flower at Baalbek

Invitation to come to John Carroll!

For those in the Cleveland area, I hope you will consider coming to attend my first presentation that is open to the public! I will be sharing my experience in Lebanon and my fellowship with the National Council on US-Arab Relations. The presentation is this Wednesday December 5th at 8PM in Rodman A. If you need further directions to campus, please contact me.

Hope to see you soon!Lebanon Presentation

Fall is here

I have so many exciting updates to share with everyone. I hope in the next week or two to get some full posts written, but in the mean time here are some teasers:

  • In September I went with my mom to the Global Villages Festival in downtown Akron. There were a lot of great things there and the weather was perfect. See:

 

  • I traveled with two friends to Detroit, Michigan for a weekend in September. They were doing a triathlon and I was filming them. My friend Jurell spent a year as a Jesuit Volunteer in Detroit and showed us around. We had a bunch of delicious tacos.
  • Last week I took the Foreign Service Officer Test! I will find out if I passed in about a month.
  • On Saturday 10/6 I ran the Footprints for Fatima 5K. I’m running in the Youngstown Peace Race 10K for the first time later this month.
  • This weekend I’m going to Washington DC for the International Conference of Crisis Mappers. I am very excited for this trip because I’ve been planning it basically since May!

My first presentation is right around the corner. I’m really looking forward to sharing my experience in Lebanon with the John Carroll community.

Here’s a cool photo I took of the sunrise in Detroit:

 

Back to School

One of my pet peeves is bloggers who apologize for not posting for a while. So I’m not going to do that! But here’s what I’ve been up to recently:

After Lebanon, I went right back into my internship which was AMAZING. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better summer. I learned so much at IPM. I really need to post soon about what I was doing and all the cool projects I learned about. Lucky for me they enjoyed having me there just as much as I enjoyed being there, so I will be continuing to work a few hours a week there throughout the fall (and probably spring too).

August rolled around and that meant moving back to JCU for SRA training and RA training. This was my third year doing RA training, but it was like a brand new experience with the majority of my staff being new RA’s, as well as being in an Upperclass residence hall for the first time. I have nothing but positive things to say about everyone I work with. I’m so fortunate to be surrounded by my fellow RA’s who I consider to be the most interesting, motivated, dedicated, and determined group of students on campus.

The highlight of the past month though has been my brother moving in to JCU to begin his freshman year! I am SO happy that he’s here with me. I love watching him figure out what college means for him and what choices he’s making to shape his John Carroll experience. So far he has been busy with ROTC. I’m proud of him for choosing to do something he believes in and I’m grateful for all the guys who are watching out for him now.

And then yesterday we finally started classes. I feel like I’ve been back on campus forever and I was 100%  ready to start classes. I have three regular classes on my schedule (which is very few compared to most students) because I’m getting credit for my internship and also doing my Senior Honors Project (more on that another day). Yesterday I had Intro to Microeconomics and Arabic 201. This is my first time ever taking an Econ class so I’m a little nervous, but I’m choosing to take this because I want to be better prepared for graduate school in the future. And Arabic, well I still need to get back into the swing of things for that… I’m hoping with some focus and determination over the next few days I can regain my knowledge from last year! Today I had Intro to Peace, Justice, and Human Rights. I’m really looking forward to the material we will be covering in this class. I think it will be a really interesting class and relate a lot to the work IPM does. Hopefully I plan to blog here about the material we cover in class.

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. All great stuff! It may seem hard to believe, but now that classes have started I think I’ll have more time to devote to this blog. In the mean time, here’s a funny picture I found from Lebanon. When we visited the Cedars there were lots of little souks/bazaars outside the forest area that sold souvenirs and hats. I tried this one on, but I didn’t buy it. I hope all is well for my readers near and far!