Old Memories and New Murals

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It’s no secret that we at The Fourth Edition have a special soft spot in our hearts for The Third Edition. Though as you probably already know, the Georgetown favorite, Thirds, went by the wayside last year. We sadly thought Thirds would be out of our minds and our news stories forever, which is why we were so ecstatic to hear of a recent discovery from within our favorite social spot of the past.

According to the Washington Post, renovation plans were underway for El Centro (a restaurant and bar that is soon to replace what was Thirds) when designers found a surprise hidden in the downstairs interior wall: a mural. The mysterious work of art depicts a historic street scene with mountains and a lighthouse in the background that is also covered in graffiti.

Though the work of art doesn’t exactly fit El Centro’s Mexican theme, the new restaurant’s design team couldn’t resist keeping the quirky piece in the plans. So, Third Edition lovers, it looks like there is still a bit of hope: while Thirds may be gone, a hidden piece of its artwork will live on in El Centro forever.

If any of you are interested in El Centro, the new tacos and tequila joint that will be replacing Thirds, check out their website here. Disclaimer: it’s for their 14th Street location; the Wisconsin Ave. website is on its way. But you should still definitely check it out – I mean, who doesn’t love bottomless brunch, octopus tacos, iron skillet fajitas and secret hidden murals?

Photo: Amy Lee/The Hoya

Off-Campus Study Spotlight

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While we do attend a particularly beautiful university that bears an eerie, yet exciting resemblance to Harry Potter’s magical wonderland of a school, life on the Hilltop can become overwhelming scarily fast. Trust me, freshmen, during midterms and finals, Lau will transform into a demonic chamber comparable to prison or the psychotic-ridden desert in The Hills Have Eyes and you will want to flee for your life.

Luckily for you, I have a solution to said madness: various nearby oases where you can escape the clutter of homework and people to complete your studies efficiently. While I hate to give away my secret spots, I have faith that my advice will help you all find relaxing places to get those A’s you’re paying $50,000+ a year for. The added benefit of this is that completing your work efficiently will mean freeing up weekend time for shenanigans.

1. Malmaison (3401 K St, NW) You’ll feel like you’ve entered a trendy hipster café in the lower east side of Manhattan where James Franco may be lurking in the corner drinking straight black coffee. My time here is usually divided between eating their particularly herby and fresh tomato and mozzarella panini and watching the strange array of fitness freaks and artsy designers that are denizens to this teashop.

2. Marvelous Market (3217 P St, NW) I’m shocked more people haven’t discovered this place. They have the best sandwiches I’ve ever had in my entire life, there’s an ice cream store next door, and they’ve got a little seating area that really typifies an ideal study environment.

3. Library of Congress (101 Independence Ave, SE) Yes, this one’s for the more avid nerds of Georgetown, but I can promise you firsthand that you will get so much more work done in an hour than you ever thought possible. You’ll find yourself feeling rather smart, efficient and official.

4. Starbucks (3050 K St, NW) This Starbucks – located right next to the Potomac and what in winter is an ice skating rink – is the perfect place to do work. Enjoy a chai, walk by the water, and feel completely secluded from the chaos that can sometimes suffuse our wonderful school.

So relax, Hoyas. Check out some of my favorite study spots and feel free to share yours in the comments below!

Photo: Shannon Walsh/The Hoya