Washington D.C. has always been one of the places in the United States that I've wanted to visit. And this weekend my dreams of stepping foot in the district came true! I went with my scholarship program, the International Women Leaders program. We were invited to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in D.C.. I also got a chance to speak about what this scholarship means to me and how much it has impacted my life.
On Sunday, we took a bus to the National Cathedral where Sunday service was held for the 500th anniversary. The National Cathedral was just magnificent. It was the biggest church I have ever seen in my life. It took us awhile to find seats because a huge crowd attended the service. What I liked best about service that Sunday was that there were hymns and prayers sung and prayed in different languages like Swahili, Latvian, and so many more. At night, a gala was held in the Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection. I met a lot of amazing people from the ELCA during the gala from different ELCA organizations such as the ELCA World Hunger program. When it was my turn to go on stage and give a speech, I tried to stay as calm as possible and it was over in no time. It was a dream, honestly, because two years ago I would have never imagined myself giving a speech in front of a crowd of 270 about what it means to be a woman in our society today.
Finally, on the last day, I had almost the whole afternoon to explore D.C. before my flight back to Luther. I can safely say that D.C. is my most favorite city in the U.S. because the place is just so beautiful! The architecture and the monuments were what captivated me the most. However, silly me decided to wear heels that day even when I knew was going to walk to all the places. I got to visit the White House first, and then I made my way to the Washington Monument. Halfway through, I was already making my way through the streets with my stockings because of my heels. Afterwards, I got a chance to check out the Lincoln Memorial and the U.S. Capitol. I had a little trouble finding my way around but for some reason,but I enjoyed not knowing where I was going because I got to explore the D.C. area a little more by myself. That, unfortunately, got me into a little bit of trouble because I was late for check-in by the time I got to the airport but thank goodness I was able to catch another flight to Chicago that was an hour later. I had a mini panic-attack in the plane when I was landing in the Chicago airport because I thought I was going to miss my next flight, but it turns out that I was an hour early, thanks to time difference! So I made it back to Luther at the end.
To more adventures,