So today’s post is about my experience on Saturday, June 28th at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival! My last two blogs were pretty word heavy, so this post is brief with a lot of photos. At the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, I found many exemplary practitioners of diverse, authentic, living traditions—both old and new. The goal of the Festival is to strengthen and preserve these traditions by presenting them on the National Mall. This allows tradition-bearers and the public to connect with and learn from one another and, in a respectful way, begin to understand cultural differences and similarities. This year was China and Kenya. I was mostly interested in China because I am currently learning Mandarin and soon will be taking a trip there to immerse myself in the language and culture. However, I also spent time in the Kenya area. I really enjoyed myself and I even stepped out of my comfort zone to try new foods. I hope you enjoy browsing through my photos, and maybe next year you will find yourself at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival!