by Jordan Kamikawa
Looking back, the trip as a whole was an amazing experience. However, in short, I'm going to tell you about some of the meetings and places that really stood out to me.
The Smoking Gun
The comradery and cohesiveness that the 3-person staff displayed here really was impressive. In addition to their hard-working ethic and commitment to accuracy, I got the sense that all three of them really loved what they do everyday.
This meeting was not only humorous, but also gave an in-depth look into a publication that is not afraid to push the envelope. I really admired how they are able to tackle tough issues, and still be funny while doing it.
Saatchi and Saatchi
This company really displayed a positive attitude towards advertising. One of the key aspects to their company is a term called "Lovemarks," which refers to elevating a brand to a high level of respect and endearment. Also, they embrace creativity in their work, and try to always think "outside the box."
The Associated Press
This was an extremely organized and professional meeting. Not only did they have two very inspiring speakers, but also gave us a full tour of their facility, which included a sit-during a newsroom meeting.
ESPN Zone in NY
It was just a cool experience to sit in on what seemed to be the ultimate food and sports restaurant. Not only did they have massive screens streaming live sports, but the food and atmosphere were excellent.
This renowned barbeque restaurant was a treat to visit. The pulled-pork sandwich, which I had, was juicy and full of flavor.
This little place in DC was pretty authentic as far as sushi is concerned. I work at a sushi restaurant back home and was thoroughly impressed with this place, which was pretty inexpensive as well.
Old Ebbitt's Grill
This is supposedly the oldest bar in DC, which has been visited by a slew of famous historical figures, such as former presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Theodore Roosevelt. The look of the whole place was very elegant, and the food was delicious.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
This museum was ridiculously enormous. We went considerably fast through most of the exhibits, which still took about 3 hours. There was much more we weren't able to see, due to renovation. The sections of particular interest to me were the Egyptian, Greek, and Armor exhibits.
The National Holocaust Museum
This museum was very powerful and hit me hard. I never really knew about the holocaust in that much detail before, and just seeing some of the unjust and inhumane ways the people were treated really got to me.