The TWC had a very interesting speaker for us this week as well. One of the program advisors from the BIT program presented on the subject of telecommunication. It was interesting to see where we are headed in the future when it comes to technology. He mentioned things about common networking sites such at Myspace and Facebook, and how there is a possibility for all of the major internet providers to merge in the distant future. Crazy stuff to think about!
The weekend was one of the best weekends I have had here! My roommate Alex and I took a long trip to Mount Vernon, where George Washington used to live. We really did not know what to expect when we got there, but we were ready for an adventure. Our friends Aaron and Isaac met us there and the first thing they wanted to do was eat. So we went to the food court, I packed my lunch of course because it tastes better, and is way cheaper. However, Alex got a pina colada ice cream and it was the best ice cream I have ever tasted! Then we went walking around the grounds. I have to say that Washington’s view of the Potomac River is the prettiest view I have ever seen. His house was not as big as you might think he should have had, but it was beautiful!
Aaron, Alex, Isaac, and Me at George's house
The "Cherry Tree"
George Washington's backyard
The grounds are still being used for animals and farming. The main thing Washington grew was wheat, and there still is a large amount of wheat being produced at Mt. Vernon. Washington’s tomb is there, along with his wife and 25 of the Washington family. There are also memorials for his slaves and workers. It really was amazing to walk around and see the place Washington developed many of his great ideas. One of the most interesting things that I learned about Washington that I never knew was that he was the first person to exchange goods for currency, thus the birth of importing and exporting.
After walking around Mt. Vernon for 4 hours, Alex and I came home and crashed! Sunday was spent working on homework, TWC papers, and hanging out by the pool. It seems like things are slowing down each weekend, but I know that I will get everything I want to get done in the last few weeks I have left here!