20 hour day, History Made!

Ball gown!

Ball gown!

Crowd chanting "yes we can" (we all joined)

Crowd chanting "yes we can" (we all joined)

Early morning but all smiles!

Early morning but all smiles!

Beautiful sunrise on a historic day!

Beautiful sunrise on a historic day!

Al Gore speech (yesterday)

Al Gore speech (yesterday)

Well it all started this morning at 5 am. Up for breakfast and a very early bus ride into the city. However by the time we got onto the bus and into the city there was already bumper to bumper traffic. At about 8 am we finally got to our destination (yes it was about a 2 hour wait). The city was already packed with the millions of people waiting for the historic moment in time. As we walked down the street we saw dozens of vendors and you couldn’t help but feel the togetherness of the day. As I looked off a bridge we were crossing below there was a crowd bigger than I had ever seen, all chanting “yes we can” Obama’s catch phrase. Everyone on the street joined in and I couldn’t help getting a chill down my spine at the sheer volume of this chant throughout Washington D.C. The PYIC group made there way (not easily) to a hot chocolate social in which we socialized with one another and kept warm until the festivities started. We then walked out onto the national mall, and started to scope out a good spot to watch history be made. My friend Sam and I took about 2 hours to get to the spot we decided to stay at. We could see a little Joe Biden, and a little Barack Obama as they were sworn into office, and as Obama gave his historic speech to the crowd. This hour and a half had to me one of the most spectacular I have ever experienced! Weather it be the opening prayer, Aretha Franklin singing, or the powerful speech. After this we headed to Nationals Ball park to watch the Inaugural parade from the big screens, and to warm up. We also watched the unfortunate event of two senators getting ill in a luncheon that many of you heard about. We later boarded the buses to go back to the hotels to get ready for the ball. After much primping and deciding on hairstyles we emerged from our hotel room in our ball gowns and proceeded to the Smithsonian Aerospace museum for our gala ball. Enjoying the music of Chris Daughtry, we danced the night away. It was a long and incredible day which I will never forget. There are many pictures attached that I hope you all enjoy.

Thank you!

Dylana

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3 Responses

  1. Dylana! You must have had the time of your life! You look very pretty in your dress. I can’t wait to hear all about everything! Safe travel home 🙂

  2. Your photos and writeups have been great!!! Good job!!

  3. You and your friend look quite toasty … I am sure a Vermont girl took that cold right in stride …

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