A weekend full of events

Hello All! These past couple of weeks has been very eventful to say the least. I feel like I have had so much to do as my time in Washington flies by. To begin, last week the LCWS group had the opportunity to go to the State Department to hear a speaker. Our speaker was working with Muslim relations throughout the world and it was very interesting to hear about her experiences and stories about working all over the world representing the United States. After that field trip, it led into the weekend where it was non-stop business from start to finish. On Saturday, the Board of Directors came to LCWS to mingle with students and visit the LCWS office. The Luther students got a chance to talk to John Moeller (the Luther LCWS rep) and hear about how things back in Decorah were. He asked us what we had been up to and hoped that we hadn’t been spending too much in Adams Morgan (a neighborhood where a lot of college students hang out on the weekend) The nice thing about talking with all of the Board of Directors was that LCWS provided food. Needless to say that majority of the students were not hesitant to grab as much as they could to bring back to the apartments because it was the first time most of us had seen foods such as fresh fruit, shrimp, sandwiches that weren’t pb & j, etc. After the luncheon with the Board of Directors I decided to tackle my first 13 mile run which was my longest run yet. The good news is that I finished and I will be able to complete my half marathon coming up in May. The bad news was that I was very sore and tired by the time I finished. I think part of it had to do with the running in the rain/cold, but who knows. Saturday evening consisted of the LCWS group going to a production of 1776 at the Ford’s theater (where President Lincoln was shot). The musical was very entertaining. There was a lot of singing, dancing, and comedy. The production was about how our founding fathers worked to make the United States of America gain independence and form the Declaration of Independence. Now on Sunday, I spent majority of my day volunteering at the 100th Cherry Blossom Festival Open Ceremony right in the heart of D.C. Thousands of people came to this opening ceremony to kick start the 5 week celebration that the cherry blossom festival has. The opening ceremony had tons of entertainment ranging from Sara Barielles to local ballet performers. I had the opportunity of helping with guest registration at the beginning, and then helping with selling all sorts of cherry blossom merchandise to the visitors. It was a good time but by the end of my 8 hour shift of volunteering I was ready to go home to get some rest before the work week started. I only have about 4 weeks left in D.C. and I am hoping that the last couple of weeks are memorable. Until next time, Mario

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