Thursday, May 30, 2013


Our third companion joined us for the California adventure, and what a freaking day. Los Angeles, I never thought I'd love you this much. We went to LACMA and saw the horrifying and the genius of Stanley Kubrick. Worth every penny, but too bad I've only watched two of his movies. I promised myself I was going to watch everything he made, but I also want to keep my sanity, so.....

Last time I went to LA, I only went to dumb spots. This time, I really explored all the places I wanted to and researching online really paid off. To see what I had expected and not expected was too exciting to handle, and it all just felt surreal. I sound cheesy and immature when I talk about LA, but maybe that's just what happens when you talk about something you love. The not knowing what I was going to see or if we'd get there was also a part of the excitement, but I really fell in love with that city. There's just something different about it than New York, and, yes, climate has to do with it for sure.. but more than that, it's just the feeling of possibility. New York can bring you down sometimes, and it feels like negativity and cynicism are hanging over you all the time. There's more of a high risk, high reward kind of feeling in NY, whereas LA has more of.. an open arms feeling to the brave and free-spirited. It warmly invites you to make whatever of it, while NY kind of looks you up and down, makes you feel like a noob all the time.




Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Spent a week there and loved every minute of it, whether awesome or miserable. Traffic is kind of disagreeable, but as someone who resides in NJ.. I get it. There's just something in the AIR. Maybe it's because I'm not a local, and the romance and excitement of it all just got to me. But there is something different and fresh about the West Coast. It's always been a symbol of something NEW, a symbol of freedom, quite fickle at times, for wanderers like Jack Kerouac and many more. I could go on and sound like a broken record or just a parrot of all the people before me who have traveled to, lived and settled in the West, but California really just refreshed me, opened all my senses to a point where I didn't even really comprehend what I was enjoying or seeing but just LIVING in it. Just feeling it. I don't think I've ever maximized my time like that before, traveling to that beach or that store, filling every single moment with an activity that was new and unexplored by me in my past 25 years of living. I tried surfing for the first time. I ate legit carne asada tacos that were definitely authentic because the line was a bunch of locals and papis and the sign looked like it was from the 70s. I got lost and ended up in Laguna Beach, almost died a couple times while having to cross 5-6 lanes when my GPS screwed up. I met strangers and befriended them. Man, I don't know how to even satisfy my longing to share the glory of California in words or in an adequate expression of.. anything. But pictures will do. Maybe.

Getting lost in Laguna Beach

Haha, Smoketree..


Oh hayyyy