My name is Toni Leppänen and I work at the Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C., as a Political Affairs Intern. Doing an internship in Washington is workwise – and otherwise – a great experience. My internship has been particularly interesting, since I was here during the presidential election. Witnessing the election time and observing the transition period here in the States has been fascinating. Washington also has some of the best think tanks in the world for policy analysis, so being a political affairs intern in D.C. has been tremendous – really – I can tell you that!
Instead of writing more about my experiences in Washington, I wanted to share some pictures I have taken. You might find also some mediocre travel tips included.
The Capitol Hill. View from the First Street.
Marine Corps War Memorial.
Arlington National Cemetery. Imposing sight.
A nice white building located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
There are a lot of squirrels in Washington. This one is taking a sip from the Reflecting Pool.
New York is only a 4-hour bus ride from D.C. Or as I found out, only a 7-hour bus ride during Thanksgiving traffic. The picture of the Manhattan Bridge.
Smith-Ninth Streets metro station in Brooklyn.
Top of the 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Tip: I prefer Rockefeller Plaza's observation deck to Empire State Building, since it offers a nice view over Central Park.
If New York is too mainstream for your sensitive hipster status, you can visit Philadelphia instead. Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
Tip: While in Philly, eat a Philly Cheese Steak. You can google it.
Text and photos: Toni Leppänen