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um- where’s our sat truck?



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Pope Benedict XVI is a people magnet.

As I type this entry, I’m sitting in the media center in downtown DC… in this room alone I can hear at least 8 different languages being spoken. In front of me, there are three journalists having a conversation in French. To my right, there’s a whole row of Spanish television and radio organizations; there’s a photographer in the back who is from Brazil, but now lives in NYC; and scattered about the room there are journalists from Germany, France and several other European countries; not to mention the languages that I don’t recognize. (Remember- I’m not a linguist…)

Of course, this diversity pours out onto the streets of DC- some speaking their native African tongue, others fluent in Chinese and Japanese (not that I can tell them apart…). A stop in Chinatown reveals not only Chinese cuisine, but Mexican, American, Thai, Lebanese, and even a few Irish pubs. It’s amazing the transformation that takes place when you step inside the door to escape the hustle and bustle that is DC. But I digress…

In our previous blogs and the stories we’ve cut, you’ve met some of the people we’ve met throughout Papal Visit 2008: the Hispanic Catholics from Cali, the Nebraskan family who lived in Rome, the tried and true DC residents themselves, etc. It is amazing to me that so many different people are all in the same place…. many of them for the same reason- to get a glimpse of the Holy See.

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles…

Not quite as funny as the movie of course… but nevertheless, the title seems fitting for our trip so far. We took my car to Gurnee, Leslie’s SUV to O’Hare, American Airlines (despite the threat of cancellations lol) from O’Hare to Ronald Reagan, Metro around DC, the Marc to Penn Station, the Light Rail to the outskirts of Baltimore… haha, I think we’ve covered everything but boats— and maybe those motorized scooters.

Anyway, it’s been an adventure and I just wanted to jot a quick note about my love of public transportation— at least in DC. The metro might be my new favorite toy haha. Who knows where it will take us tomorrow? Maybe we’ll jump on the blue line and the Pope will just be on there, waiting for us to interview him! haha, sometimes its fun to think the unthinkable…

until tomorrow!


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