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LLM Washington DC

First Impressions of Washington D.C.

Gunter at the Washington Monument in D.C.

We’ve been in Washington D.C. for about two weeks and it’s fabulous.

Classes started and I am already well-acquainted with the law library.

The LL.M. program is going to be challenging, but it’s also a luxury to focus on nothing but tax law for two semesters. My J.D. program felt like a hodgepodge of different topics at times, whereas my LL.M. classes are clearly interrelated and cover much deeper material. We’ll see how I feel in a few weeks.

Buildings along the National Mall in Washington D.C.

Buildings along the National Mall in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is beautiful and dense. The lack of tall skyscrapers for landmarks makes it difficult to navigate at times. I’ll eventually figure out the grid system.

The streets are very diverse and busy without being crowded. There are tourists with cameras, people wearing suits, baseball jerseys, children running on the subway, and very aggressive panhandlers.

Many areas of town are busy late into the night, but there’s always the looming threat of getting mugged — so I guess it’s like any other large American city, just with more museums than most. Continue reading “First Impressions of Washington D.C.” »

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Playboy Dallas

Playboy Marfa in Dallas

There’s a Playboy Sign in the Design District

We recently explored the Dallas Design District and ran across a massive Playboy Bunny sign.

This Richard Phillips creation was funded by the magazine and originally installed in Marfa, Texas. The town and Departmenrt of Transportation viewed it as an advertisement and ordered it hauled away.

The 40-foot statue reappeared in 2014 on Riverfront Boulevard in the Design District. Apparently Dallas is less opposed to advertisements than our artsy West Texas counterparts.

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The Cathedral of St. Paul

The Cathedral of St. Paul

The Cathedral of Saint Paul is one of my favorite buildings in town.

I spent summers in Germany growing up, and I love having this building so close because it reminds me a lot of Trier.

I haven’t seen many other comparable cathedrals in the U.S. and the building commands my attention anytime that I venture to that side of downtown St. Paul.

The Cathedral of St. Paul, Minnesota

An exterior view of the Cathedral of St. Paul, in Minnesota.

The Cathedral of St. Paul, Minnesota

A long-stance view of the Cathedral of St. Paul, in Minnesota.

The Cathedral of St. Paul, Minnesota

An exterior view of the Cathedral of St. Paul, in Minnesota.

Interior Shots

The interior of the church is on par with anything that I’ve seen in Germany. My mother recently visited and said that it was impressive as the Kölner Dom.


The Cathedral of St. Paul, Minnesota

An exterior view of the Cathedral of St. Paul, in Minnesota.

Exterior Shots

The outside of the cathedral almost looks like a European church, minus the lack of dirt and acid rain stains.


I’ve never been to the church for a service, but I enjoy It as a free museum (and dog walk restroom.)

art HTC EVO 4G pictures Life Minneapolis-St. Paul Summer 2011 Tader

At the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Tader was horrified to hear that I have never been to a museum in Minneapolis so he dragged took me to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. I minored in art history in college, so I’m not completely ignorant. I just never got around to going to a museum.

Excuses, right?

Well I finally made it to a museum. The MIA is huge and full of fascinating work. Here are some of my favorites:

Minneapolis Institute of Arts Museum

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