It may have taken 5 days, 1500 miles, and more than 24 hours in the car, but I have finally made it to Washington DC! For those of you who don’t know, I am in Washington DC for the semester participating in an internship program with DC Public Schools. And instead of flying, I decided to make an adventure out of this opportunity — and what an adventure it was! Check out all of the pictures from my journey!
During my last walk through campus, I got one last picture of Fraser Hall.

In the evening on Friday, January 23rd, I got to celebrate Shabbat with everyone at KU Hillel, and also got to see a bunch of friends at a party that my roommates and I threw at our apartment. The people in the picture are our friends at the party who I lived with on the 6th Floor of Ellsworth Hall freshmen year.

What’s the best way to begin any road trip from Lawrence, Kansas? Stopping by Munchers of course! This doughnut place is open 24/7 and is absolutely delicious! On the way to Indiana, I stopped in Columbia, Missouri to see Marlee Ribnick! And after some delicious pizza, I was on the road again, driving through sunny Missouri and dreary Illinois and Indiana until I made it to Indiana University in Bloomington.

Huge shout-out to Rachael Pearson for showing me around the great city of Bloomington, taking to me to find some incredible college town food, and of course for letting me crash on your couch! It was great to finally visit the campus that I’ve heard so much about, and I even got to see a few friends from Kutz and NFTY!

As I left Bloomington and made my way into Ohio, I knew that I would have to stop at White Castle — and it was a delicious decision! After driving through some snow, I finally made it to Kent, Ohio, where the lovely Tali Merdler welcomed me with even more delicious food (check out the blueberry pancakes!) and a tour of Kent State University. From my very limited experience, Ohio is a great state!

On Monday, January 26, I carefully made my way through the snow in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland for the last part of my road trip. In addition to jamming out to lots of music, eating great food, and seeing friends, this road trip gave me a lot of time to reflect on my past experiences, prepare for the coming semester, and ultimately remember how privileged I am to have so many incredible opportunities.

Thanks so much for following me on my travels — I’ll be sure to let you know when I drive back home in May!

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Originally published at evanltraylor.wordpress.com on January 27, 2015.

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