I’ve been wanting to start this blog since sophomore year of college, which was roughly 3 years ago. However, there were a lot of self-doubts that inhibited me from getting started.
I can’t take cool photographs.
I can’t afford to travel anywhere outlandish.
People will think I’m trying too hard.
However, my attitude is starting to change. I took up a fellowship with an online publication called The Tab where some of my writing has been shared with thousands of people. I have only received positive feedback from friends and family, which truly inspired me to create the blog. If you are a friend or family member of mine, thank you for giving me the courage to pursue this blog, I couldn’t have done it without you! (I would also like to thank the book Born to Blog, a great, easy read for anyone thinking about pursuing their own blog).
Anyways, let’s get to the fun stuff.
This past week was ah-mazing! I had a lovely evening on the patio at Trattoria Villagio in Clifton for a friends’ goodbye dinner. Maryland blue crab stuffed ravioli and lemon drop martinis made with freshly squeezed lemons? YES, PLEASE!
All that aside, my favorite day was playing tourist in D.C. with my cousin from Dallas. We both share a keen interest in the arts, so we took the day to explore different galleries.
First, we went to the National Building Museum to see the “Iceberg” installation. Prior to this trip, I hadn’t heard much about this museum but learned from research it’s mostly dedicated to architecture, engineering, and design. What really snagged me in though, was looking on their Instagram page and seeing a sea of rigged, massive white triangles towering towards the ceiling. The contrast of the modern, sharp angles against the flowing, dusted architecture was really mesmerizing. I would have loved to walk through them…but the fee to get in was 16 dollars. Usually I am not stingy when it comes to my finances, but it was hard to justify paying when there are plenty of free places around.
I would have loved to walk through them…but the fee to get in was 16 dollars. Usually I’m not stingy when it comes to my finances, but it was hard to justify paying when there are plenty of free places around. The good thing was that we could take a look around the outskirts of the exhibit and see it from the other floors for free, so I was able to take in the grandiose architecture with a bird’s eye view.
After this, we walked to the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It was my favorite of the day! I had never been before and was impressed at the diversity of the exhibitions. One floor had older pieces from the 1900’s, while the next was filled with modern works. One of the most popular installations is by an artist named Nam June Paik who created “Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii”. These massive, neon states are each filled with small televisions, playing out what appears to be random video loops. There are men laughing, cars speeding, women smiling – all sorts of sporadic blubs. However, to this Korean artist, the scenes are far from random and each loop is actually a representation of his memories and vision of each state.
However, to this Korean artist, the scenes are far from random. Each video loop is actually a representation of his memories and of each state – his own stream of consciousness that comes with each state name.
After these two museums we decided to stop at Luke’s Lobster for a mid day pick-me-up. I have been dying to try a lobster roll and today was finally the day! My thoughts? Well, quite honestly, I was a little disappointed. I wasn’t expecting the meat to be cold and for some reason it was kind of grossing me out. The bread it was on though might have been the best bread I have ever consumed in my life and my cousin loved it!
My thoughts? Well, quite honestly, I was a little disappointed. I’m not really a northern gal when it comes to my diet and wasn’t expecting the lobster meat to be cold! However, the bread it was on might have been the best bread I’ve ever consumed in my life. My cousin really loved the entire roll though, cold lobster and all.
We finished up the day at the National Gallery of Art. I have been here plenty of times but always go back for the French Impressionist painters like Monet and Van Gough. Van Gough GETS ME HYPE and they have some important pieces of his so I love taking visitors. If you don’t think cutting your ear off in the name of love is sexy than get tf out of my face.
-Xoxo, Amanda Leigh