One perk of Baltimore’s central location is the city’s proximity to DC! For only $7, the MARC train runs during the week and on the weekends from Penn Station to Union Station. For my birthday last summer my friend, Julia, took me to DC for an amazing one-day vacation from organic chemistry. A couple of weekends ago it was my turn to take her back to DC for her birthday!
It was unseasonably warm so we walked all around the National Mall, snapping pictures like tourists. We then went to the American History Museum and spent at least an hour at the First Ladies exhibit alone.
Then we went down to Georgetown, courtesy of the DC Circulator (a new public transportation addition that is definitely copying our Charm City Circulator!) to meet Julia’s best friend from home who goes to Georgetown!
Next up was dinner. We ended up eating amazing Italian food at Floriana, but then rushed to get back to Union Station to catch the last MARC train back! Per tradition, we got McDonalds at the station for the trip back.
I had a great time exploring another city and hanging out with my best friend, but the day seemed truly perfect because I needed a break from Hopkins. I love our campus, but after a few months seeing the same people and the same buildings can be tiring. In addition, by fall break I hadn’t seen my family since August and homesickness began to creep in.
Yes, I love Hopkins, but being on campus for so long can sometimes be depressing. Getting to go to DC, one of my favorite cities for the day was such an amazing treat!