Walk into a restaurant at 6 p.m. on a Tuesday night in D.C. and it can be practically empty. Come back an hour or two later and the place could have a line out the door.
That is how D.C. works. People don’t work from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. They work from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or 4 p.m. to midnight. Washingtonians work weird hours because they love to work.
One of the goals of this trip for most people who came on it is to really get a feel for D.C. We learned the Metro and how to network, but most importantly we learned how to be exhausted.
From what I have seen going to site visits and during our free time, D.C. is a working city. People come to this city to gain professional insight and further their career. What stems from that is an incredible devotion and passion to your career, but also pure exhaustion.
I’ve learned that, first hand, because our two professors have completely exhausted us.
Our mattress are more like an air mattress, but I hit the pillow so hard at night, I don’t even notice.
We have gone to a variety of site visits each day, going from Metro stop to stop. We have learned to run and catch a train. We have learned how to keep moving when our feet hurt. We know what it is like to walk over 10 miles.
Being in D.C. for two weeks has shown us how exhausted a person can get from working in this city. It may not have been an intentional, as we need to pack as much as possible into every day, but it taught me how to function while being exhausted.