A Farewell to D.C.

David blogPosted by Matsui Washington Fellow David Mkrtchian

Cal Bears at the White House during Christmas.

Cal Bears at the White House during Christmas.

I just recently left the nation’s capitol, in a whirlwind of work that left me exhausted but content. I thought I would share my concluding thoughts on D.C.

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D.C. Is An International Political Playground

David blogPosted by Matsui Washington Fellow David Mkrtchian

For this blogpost, I would like to share two observations. The first is on my experience visiting New York this past weekend. The second is on my continuing internship in Washington, D.C.

New York

This past weekend I had the luxury of visiting New York again. This time I went to New York to visit my friends. And I noticed something about New York that I didn’t notice the last time. When you are walking around New York’s packed sidewalks, there is a sense in which a person’s unique individuality melts into the collective whole, an ectoplasm of people moving from one point to another. That sense of being one of many, I think, drives many of the behaviors that I observed this past time.

Bears at Times Square (the timing of this picture was purely coincidental, too!).

Bears at Times Square (the timing of this picture was purely coincidental, too!).

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Here and There: Comparing Life in Different Cities

David blogPosted by Matsui Washington Fellow David Mkrtchian

For this blog post, I would like to discuss the difference between D.C. and California in terms of transit, and the difference between Norfolk, Virginia and San Francisco in terms of urban planning.

One of the most underappreciated parts of Washington, D.C. is its transit convenience. Because Washington, D.C.’s Union Station is such a convenient transit hub, I was able to visit Norfolk, Virginia two weeks ago, to see a fellow Cal Bear studying medicine, and travel easily to New York City. As it happens, I am writing this blog while traveling on Amtrak’s high speed Acela train from Washington, D.C. to New York City. Continue reading