Campus Life

Money Money Money – D.C. Week 2

After my first week in D.C. I was exhausted. Going to work everyday took way more out of me than I imagined it would. Though I hadn’t been doing a lot of stuff, most of it was training and prepping for what I would be doing for the rest of the internship, so a lot of information was thrown at me at once.

Over the weekend, my roommates and I went to a concert. The tickets were pretty cheap, so it looked like a good way to explore the city a little more. We went and it was fun, but I surprisingly enjoyed the opening act more so than the main performer. I don’t particularly enjoy electronic, but nonetheless it was fun to get out and explore the city with my friends. Afterwards, we found ourselves in a falafel restaurant which was the perfect thing after the show.

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The next day, I went to the Bureau of Printing and Engraving. It is one of two locations where they make dollar bills (the other being in the DFW area). It was an awesome tour that spoke about the security features of each bill, the process that goes into making the bill, as well as the history of the Bureau of Printing and Engraving. (Actually, for a while the Bureau printed postage stamps too, but a few years ago they were outbid for a contract, so now the postal stamps are printed through private companies.)

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This is the building for the Department of the Treasury.

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The green tube is filled with old shredded 100 dollar bills.

On the way back from the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, I went to Union Station to try the Taco Bell french fries. I know this sounds ridiculous, but I hadn’t heard a single bad thing about them, so I decided the fries were worth the $1.50 gamble. After trying them, I have to say that they are for sure worth the trip. The size is perfect as a snack or as a companion to a Meximelt or Seven Layer Burrito, and they come with a nacho cheese dip which compliments the fries nicely.

Sunday, I tried some empanadas off of Dupont Circle. They were not traditional in any sense, with some pretty off the wall combinations like for example spinach and goat cheese or an empanada which sounded more like a pizza roll with pepperoni, tomato sauce, and cheese. They were still good though, and I intend to go back at some point.

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The empanadas came with a sauce and plantain chips.

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