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We’re three weeks into our internships and study at UCLA and we’re loving every minute! The workload is tough, the assignments keep on coming and there’s not much time to just stop and soak it all in, but it’s definitely been an incredible start to our time in Los Angeles, California. Between balancing interning four days a week and studying four nights a week, we’ve managed to squeeze in a fair bit of touristy things. So far we’ve been to most of the hot spots, including Beverly Hills, Hollywood and my personal favourite, Santa Monica.

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Last weekend Matt, Jenna and myself traded in LA’s sunshine for a four day trip to the East Coast’s New York and Washington DC. First stop, New York! We definitely didn’t pack enough warm clothes for New York – it was very very cold compared to LA. We only had two days in the incredible city of New York but we managed to tick quite a bit off of our list: Central Park, Empire State Building, Wall Street, Rockefeller Centre, World Trade Centre, Statue of Liberty and we even had time for lunch at the restaurant from Seinfeld.

We could have stayed in New York forever but it was time to venture off to Washington DC for the Presidential Inauguration. Arriving in DC at 11:30pm on the Sunday and waking up at 4am the next morning to get the best spot for Barack Obama’s inauguration, we were tired and not really in the mood for large crowds. We snapped out of that mood pretty quickly though. You couldn’t help but get caught up in the spirit of the occasion. It was a phenomenal experience watching Obama speak live to a crowd of incredibly passionate supporters. After the Inauguration event we managed to fit in some touristy things, like check out the White House. But by dinner it was time to make our way back to New York to fly home to LA.

It was great to get back to LA and get in that sunshine. First on the agenda, a swim in the pool, followed by hitting the books for a bit of a catch up on our homework.

Three weeks in and we’ve settled in at our workplaces and at UCLA, checked out New York and got to watch Obama address the audience at the 57th Presidential Inauguration. It’s been an incredible start to our adventure and I can’t wait for the next month ahead!

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