The Women’s March

fullsizeoutput_3aafYesterday was historic to say the least. More than a million people in over 670 locations world wide marched to bring awareness to human rights, particularly women’s rights, at the start of Trump’s administration. In fact, more people participated in the march on Washington alone than attended the Inauguration.

My two friends and I headed downtown to show our support. Though it was quite a feat getting there, including an intense search for parking and a crowded subway ride, the atmosphere was electric with positive energy. On the way there, I heard a dad saying to his little girl, “You are making a difference in your city, your country and your world today sweetie.” My heart melted.

There were men, women and children of all stripes and walks of life taking part. We marched from Pershing Square to City Hall, chanting and dancing along to music. There was even a group of Native American dancers performing amidst the crowd. I was blown away by the creativity of people’s signs and outfits. Below are a few photos if you’d like to see:fullsizeoutput_3aa9fullsizeoutput_3aac^My first time on the metro in LAfullsizeoutput_3aadfullsizeoutput_3aaefullsizeoutput_3ab0fullsizeoutput_3ab5fullsizeoutput_3ab8fullsizeoutput_3ab9^So powerfulfullsizeoutput_3abafullsizeoutput_3abdfullsizeoutput_3abefullsizeoutput_3ac1fullsizeoutput_3ac2fullsizeoutput_3ac6^These ladies dressed as tampons!fullsizeoutput_3ac7fullsizeoutput_3ace^City Hallimg_3624fullsizeoutput_3acf^Probably my favorite sign of the day. Carrie Fisher would be proud!fullsizeoutput_3ad3^The girl(s) with the power!fullsizeoutput_3ad4As Michelle Obama so eloquently said:

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half its citizens.”

Now I’m off to take a nap– fighting the patriarchy is exhausting! Have a good one friends.

P.s. Feel free to read this article if you want more info!

The Last Bookstore

img_2096Yesterday my friend Jessica and I spent some time exploring Downtown L.A. Honestly, I don’t think people give this city enough credit– it has its moments! Sometimes I find myself wishing I lived in a bigger, more traditionally structured city like New York or Berlin, but then L.A. pleasantly surprises me with something cool. We spent a large portion of the afternoon in The Last Bookstore, an incredible bookstore in the heart of DTLA where you can buy and sell books. There is a coffee shop inside, couches and chairs to relax, and even a few art vendors. I bought “This Side of Paradise” by F. Scott Fitzgerald to read over Christmas break. Below are a few photos if you’d like to see!img_2099img_2100img_2106img_2107^I feel lucky to have made even one friend like Jessica in this lifetime. I can’t express how much she means to me!img_2108img_2110img_2112img_2114img_2115img_2117img_2122img_2123img_2125img_2126img_2129img_2130img_2131img_2132img_2136img_2138^Christmas is in full swing inside the store!img_2140img_2145img_2146^”The Catcher in the Rye” is one of my all time favorites.img_2148img_2150img_2152img_2154img_2155img_2164^Trying to look intellectual…is it working?img_2165img_2166img_2167img_2168^A tunnel of books…casualimg_2170img_2174img_2177^I’ve been listening to Vince Guaraldi’s Christmas album non-stop, particularly the songs from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”img_2185img_2188img_2197After this we headed to The Grove, an outdoor shopping area with lots of lights and festivity. What are your plans for the upcoming break? Be sure to get out an explore your own city one of these days friends!

Playing Tourist for a Day

IMG_4286It’s easy to forget all the reasons you love living where you do, especially when life gets busy and you don’t have time to go out and fully appreciate it. That’s why everyone needs to play tourist in their own home every once in a while. I got the chance to do just that this past weekend when two of my German friends from my summer in Hildesheim came to visit. I showed them around my university, Griffith Observatory, Hollywood, Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, and even took them home to El Segundo to meet my family. It was just what I needed. I loved speaking German with them, reliving old memories from Germany and making new ones in Los Angeles. Seeing them in awe of the beauty here made me that much more grateful to call this place home. Sometimes seeing it through the eyes of another is all it takes to put the magic back in a place! Below are a few photos from the weekend if you’d like to see!IMG_4150.JPG^Aren’t they great?! Yes, the answer is yes.IMG_4282IMG_4210IMG_4202IMG_4155IMG_4179^Love this place so much. I visited not to long ago (read here) but I can never get enough.IMG_4263IMG_4260IMG_4235IMG_4227^We hiked a ways towards the Hollywood sign and all the wild flowers were in bloom. This is one of the prettiest times to visit Southern California in my opinion.IMG_4231IMG_4297^Randomly found this in the forest near the observatory…apparently LA and Berlin are sister cities. Who knew?!IMG_4293IMG_4175IMG_4151IMG_4342IMG_4345IMG_4322IMG_4318IMG_4311Have a good one friends, and don’t forget to get out and explore your city!

The Griffith Observatory

IMG_0754Since returning home from Germany three months ago, I’ve set out on a campaign to explore my lovely home city of Los Angeles. Sometimes I find myself longing for the mystery and excitement of life abroad, when every day was a new, foreign adventure. But then I remind myself that there is so much I have yet to explore in my own backyard! Adventure is a lifestyle, not a specific place or time. Getting out and finding beauty and wonder in your surroundings is always an option, no matter your circumstances.

And so, last Saturday, my little brother and I grabbed our cameras and paid a visit to the Griffith Observatory. Without a doubt, the Griffith Observatory offers one of the prettiest and most expansive views of the Los Angeles basin. You can see everything- the hills, the ocean, the skyscrapers of downtown, the Hollywood sign, everything. Although I’ve been here before, the view took my breath away the moment I stepped out of the car. Built in the 1930’s as a work project during the Great Depression, Colonel Griffith wanted to make astronomy accessible to the public, and insisted admission stay free, which it has more than 80 years later! Whether you are a ‘science geek’ or not, I would highly recommend a visit- it is as educational as it is beautiful.

Below are a few pictures of our time, if you’d like to see! IMG_0782IMG_0664IMG_0671  ^Doesn’t the observatory look slightly futuristic in this photo?! It reminds me of Star Wars for some reason… IMG_0771IMG_0752IMG_0792IMG_0745 ^The sunset was out of this world beautiful.IMG_0659IMG_0652IMG_0622  ^There she is, that famous symbol of this great city! gdfs IMG_0829IMG_0677IMG_0728IMG_0721
IMG_0814^I lucked out in the little brother lottery. Gonna miss this kid when he goes off to college next year! IMG_0817IMG_0812IMG_0808Question of the Day
Have you gone on any recent adventures in your home town? Do tell!