One last training course to go: Foreign Affairs Counter Threat training - aka Crash & Bang. Here'a a clip from CNN about it:
During July and early August we've had some DC-area fun. We visited some Virginia wineries
We went shopping for consumables at Costco
Day trip to Annapolis, MD
We took a tour of the U.S. Capitol Building - we went to the House of Representatives Gallery, too (but no pics allowed of that)
BTW - I follow Frederick Douglass's Twitter @
The inventor of American Beer - right?
The Apotheosis of Washington on the Capital dome
We went to see the new Ai Weiwei exhibit at the Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
We went to Monticello in Charlottesville, VA (unfortunately, no pics allowed inside the house)
This is the University of Virginia Rotunda, also designed by Thomas Jefferson
The Man himself - Thomas Jefferson
One last bike ride on the Arlington Loop with one last shot from Gravelly Point
And finally, one last stop at our local wine bar, Bistro 360
I'm pretty sure the next update will be from Bamako, so stay tuned!