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Traces of Capitol Hill: Week 4

Welcome to Traces of Capitol Hill, Tracy Parco's weekly blog about her experience being a fall intern for BRAVO!. We love our intern blogs and hope you enjoy following Tracy!

Week 4

September 21 - September 25, 2015

Hello! Happy autumn (bring on the changing leaves and pumpkin lattes)!

While New York City may be the city that never sleeps, DC has proven to be tight competition (or maybe it just seems that I never sleep). This week was another packed one (and I have the strep throat to prove it), but I'll spare you the details and just give you some of the highlights.

On Wednesday night, I found myself attending an Ed Sheeran concert at the Verizon Center. It had been a completely last minute decision to buy tickets with some friends (including my fellow intern, Madison), but in retrospect, I’m glad I did as the concert was incredible and Ed didn’t cease to amaze me. Plus, we had the added bonus of a nice cardio workout on the way up to the nosebleed section of the venue.

On Thursday, right in time for our final planning for The Mautner Project's 25th Anniversary, Pope Francis gave his congressional address at the Capitol Building. Nancy was kind enough to allow me a couple hours in the morning to escape from BRAVO! to see the pope give his speech firsthand. I watched his address from a building rooftop (yes, I’m serious) on Constitution Ave., adjacent to the Capitol Building, where a friend of mine interns. The experience was an amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and if you ever get the chance to be blessed by the pope, definitely take it. More so, if you ever get the chance to drink coffee, eat a chocolate croissant, and have the pope bless you while you sit on a rooftop, absolutely, 100% take it!

Friday night was the highly anticipated Mautner Project event held by Whitman-Walker Health at Dock 5, and it was everything I expected and more. The venue was decked out in purple, green, and disco balls, with plenty of food and drinks to last the entire night. It was a great feeling to see all of BRAVO!’s hard work over the past month pay off, and an even better feeling knowing that the client was happy with how everything had turned out. I don’t think I stopped smiling all night, watching how much fun everyone was having—both the guests and staff. I may need to start listening to disco music too, because the Gem Fatales had me wanting to jump on the dance floor all night.

Finally, as the week came to a close, I spent this past weekend in Potomac, Maryland, playing with horses, hiking, and essentially avoiding all responsibilities. Then, on Sunday, I sat on my friend’s roof around 10PM to watch the greatly awaited Super Blood Moon—which looked great for about a minute, before the clouds blocked it. No worries though, it’ll be back in 2032 (only 17 more years to go!)!

Sorry that was a bit lengthy this week—I promise to keep it on the shorter side next time! Until next week, I’ll be here inhaling cough drops and prepping for whatever the events-life as in store for us next!

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