I didn’t know many details, but we soon learned (from one of the guys sitting nearby) that the event was 4 hours long!
He showed us a folder with a schedule inside; some people had them, but most of us didn’t.
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Hardly anyone was wearing jeans; it was all dresses, salwar kameezes, suits, and glamorous make-up.
There was some wait time (15 mins.) before we could go into the room, so I went off to wash my hands and brush my hair.
I wore make-up (which I usually don’t do), but it was very natural. were held in the Walter Washington Convention Center, the banquet was held in a large ballroom a block away at the Renaissance Hotel. Before the event, I noticed a petite young lady (also w/ glasses) on the metro; she was wearing a dressy salwar suit.
I guessed (correctly) that we were headed to the same place.
There were 2 sisters (one wearing a headscarf, the other not) fixing their makeup while their mom and grandma waited to another side.
I had to wait in line to find out where exactly the event was being held; I wasn’t alone, there were several others w/ slightly confused expressions.
The gal from the metro walked over to the hotel w/ me and we chatted.
Also on the same train were 2 college gal pals who chatted happily in both English and Arabic; they wore badges around denoting that the were volunteers at ISNA.
When I got inside the convention center, it was about PM. I walked for a while, then finally got to the registration booth.