Winter is Coming

For all of you Game of Thrones (GOT) fans out there, here is a little treat! At the moment D.C. is hosting a pop-up themed bar after the popular series Game of Thrones. On Saturday evening we biked from a river boat tour to the acclaimed bar… the line was 3 hours long. Even though my colleagues and I were all DIE HARD fans of the series we decided to call it a night. On Tuesday evening we went back to try again- and behold- the line was only 45 minutes! Once we entered the bar there were decorations themed around GOT and renaissance music that made us feel like we were in Westeros about to meet some dragons. There were drinks with names like “The Lannisters Send Their Regards” and “The North Remembers” served in festive glasses and all were in good spirit. After perusing the bar and scenery we made our way back to the iron throne (pictured). There was a fur coat and of course an IRON THRONE to take pictures with (apparently this throne is Insta famous). I felt like a real Khaleesi princess after that evening of fun. I would recommend the bar to anyone in the area … but it will be gone soon so hurry in and get your fix before the new season starts in July.

This last week I also had the chance to meet a few members of congress. On Wednesday morning I had breakfast with MN Senator Al Franken (who started his career as a comedian on SNL by the way) and other Minnesotans (pictured). On Wednesday afternoon I met with Representative Kurt Schrader who was a veterinarian for many years before pursuing his career in politics. Finally, on Thursday morning I met with Representative Erik Paulsen and got to discuss the important issue of the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act.

Overall this externship has been a great experience and I have met and made connections with so many wonderful veterinarians who have inspired me to think bigger about my career. I want to thank the AVMA Governmental Relations Division for helping make those contacts and providing me with the experience necessary to be confident discussing policy on the Hill. I’m sad to say goodbye to this beautiful city but that’s all for now folks!