AGU in America 2006

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Media Day

On Monday, August 7, AGU in America had a half-day field trip to Washington, D.C. It was another hot day, although not as bad as last week. We met at the College Park Metro Station at 1:15. As usual, everyone in the group was on time (only Tim and Ji Won were late!). Professor Uchida accompanied us.

We changed to the Red Line at Fort Totten. The air-conditioning in the metro car was not working very well, and by the time we arrived at our destination (Farragut North), everyone was very hot. Some of the group went to Caribou Coffee to cool off, and the others went to the National Geographic Museum at 17th and M Streets N.W. It was wonderfully cool inside, and they gave everybody a nice paper fan. We saw the crusader castle exhibit and the soccer photographs. It was so hot that nobody wanted to go outside to look at the pictures by Reza around the exterior of the building, but several people did some shopping in the small store!

At 2:45, we all met and walked to 1150 15th St. N.W., where the headquarters of the Washington Post are located. Our guide, Carrie, showed us a short movie about the Post, its history, and how it is produced. Kevin showed this movie in class this morning, too! After that, we visited the immense News Room and learned about the different sections of the newspaper and what they contain, e.g., the A (front) section, Metro, Style, Sports, Business, etc. It was pretty interesting, and several AGUers asked good questions. I think some of them are gaining confidence in their English. :-)

At 4:00, I went home, but the group stayed in DC to explore the downtown area around Lafayette Square. They got back to College Park at 7 p.m., too exhausted to watch All the President's Men, a movie about the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, in which the Post played an important role.


  • The tour of Washington Post was attracted me a lot. I became to want to work at there!

    By Blogger koko, at Tue Aug 08, 09:24:00 AM EDT  

  • The tour ogf Washington Post was attracted me a lot. I became to want to be work at there.

    By Blogger koko, at Tue Aug 08, 09:26:00 AM EDT  

  • I was so excited about seeing Washington Post!! I could know the ‘Metro’ part means the local news for the first time. Though I did not watch the movie, I could be interested in publisher.

    By Blogger yuki, at Tue Aug 08, 09:31:00 AM EDT  

  • Because of the hot weather, I was really tired. But, I could have a priceless experience in Washington Post.

    By Blogger NOBUFUMI, at Tue Aug 08, 09:43:00 AM EDT  

  • Of course Washington Post is interesting, National Geographic museum is also nice!! I may be able to be there all day.

    By Blogger Fumi, at Tue Aug 08, 01:19:00 PM EDT  

  • I enjoyed seeing Washington Post very much. Thank you, Nina!

    By Blogger bon, at Tue Aug 08, 01:27:00 PM EDT  

  • The visit of Washington Post was very exciting for me!
    The people working thre were so cool!
    They were writing articles which nobody see yetweren't they?!?!
    We had precious time.

    By Anonymous SERI, at Wed Aug 09, 12:11:00 PM EDT  

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