One last week, and then it’s off to Milan.
So we’re down to the final week of the summer in DC. It’s been a very productive three months at Americans for the Arts, gaining lots of experience in project management, social impact research, and data analysis. I’m already getting packed for the move to Milan, and beginning to tie up the loose ends. I finish work on Friday, fly out Saturday, and arrive in Milan on Sunday.
With regards to the work, the research project for my internship is virtually complete. The final report was handed in last week, and my team made a presentation to the organization on our results on Tuesday. It was an honour to be told by the CEO that he liked our work.
All that’s left to do is review the project, hand over the ownership of the files to my supervisor, and push out some marketing pieces for public release (it’s always nice when you can do a project whose outcomes are published).
I’m hoping that there’ll be slightly less work required this week, so that I can make some last minute visits to the museums that I haven’t seen yet. The Smithsonian museums on the National Mall are so numerous that I’ll be lucky to have visited half of them by the time I leave.
For the last weekend in DC, it was a chance to relax a little. I played one last game of touch rugby on the National Mall on Saturday, a pastime which has kept me fit over the summer (or at least reminded me how unfit I am). During the last match, the Presidential helicopter flew over, which was a sight in itself. After the game it was lunch in Chinatown, before heading home for a quiet afternoon and dinner with one of my colleagues. Sunday was spent catching up with a friend from Australia who had just arrived in town to do some research work. It was nice to see them and to help them settle into DC.
As has become tradition on this blog upon leaving a place, here’s a short list of things I will and will not miss.
Things I’ll Miss:
Things I Won’t Miss:
Still, in all, living in DC has been a great experience. It’s a nice city. Maybe one day I’ll visit again.
Hopefully, the next entry will be from Milan, assuming that flights and settling in go to plan, and that the jetlag isn’t too brutal (thankfully I hear that the Italians know a thing or two about espresso...). Pre-lagging starts tomorrow; with any luck I will just jump on the plane, fall asleep and wake up in Europe.
Arrivederci DC! Ciao Milano!
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