week-long wandering pt.1


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Hey, friends :) Carlo and I just returned from our mini road trip last Sunday. Because I can't drive yet, he had to power through nearly 10 hours of driving, stops included, from Oakland to San Diego in our rental car. Props to The Hubs for being a trooper! Trips like these often leave us more exhausted than when we started, i.e., we end up needing a vacation from vacation, but we're both grateful that we're able to make more memories together.

We drove north last week to witness one of Carlo's friends get married (congrats Lenny and Jelly!), and we saw this as an opportunity to explore part of LA and San Francisco. We got to visit two other cities since the wedding ceremony took place in Oakland and the reception was inside the California Stadium at UC Berkeley (aka Cal). It amuses me to think that I got to visit Cal ahead of UC San Diego, where The Hubs graduated from and which is about 30 minutes away from where we live. A La Jolla trip is in the works :)

For the first installment of our week-long road trip, I'll share some highlights from our time in LA.


For lodging, we stayed at an AirBnb along Cahuenga Blvd, right at the heart of Hollywood. Great location as it's close to most of the places we wanted to visit; it's also near the 405. Staying at an AirBnb was the best option for us financially since hotels in LA are crazy expensive (we had to think about SF, too) PLUS parking is a nightmare so we considered public parking lot fees once we run out of street parking.

We spent most of our first day at the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA). If you know us, you know that we love going to museums--we believe it's a great way to absorb the host city's culture as well as the cultures represented in their collections.  That's what we mostly did on our honeymoon in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore.

The famous Treachery of Images by Rene Magritte

It was surreal seeing some Kandinsky, Picasso, Matisse, and Warhol in real life.





                

One of my favorite pieces, the Metropolis installation


 

Smiling, and thinking I should clean my hands and face after this
We were disappointed to see that the Guillermo Del Toro exhibit was opening the first week of August. I admire Del Toro for his vision so I just know that the exhibit would be out of this world. Anyway, we ended our time at LACMA taking photos of the Urban Light exhibit. After LACMA, we went back to our place and browsed Yelp for where we want to eat dinner. We found a Mediterranean food place, Perfect Pita, along Hollywood Blvd close enough to walk. 

We went out on the way to grab some grub and somewhere along Yucca and Selma, we found ourselves in the middle of a take for Lethal Weapon (TV). They were about to film a brief shoot-out so they asked pedestrians to step aside and out of the camera's view. It was pretty cool to walk right in the middle of a production set and hear some fake gun shots.

When that was over and the director yelled "Cut!" we went on and finally found the place. We didn't expect Perfect Pita to be a hole-in-the-wall type and it didn't look like much from the outside, but OH MY GOODNESS, it's called Perfect Pita for a reason. The food was cooked fresh by the Lebanese owner (so you know it's legit!), the portions were ridiculous, and the flavors even more unbelievably delicious. The shawarma plate I ordered is the yummiest I've ever had.

My shawarma plate with pita bread
Because we walked to Hollywood Blvd, we also had to walk back to Cahuenga. Needless to say, my Fitbit was happily fed. We dropped by Amoeba Music on our way home to check out rare and cheap music.
Vinyl and CD heaven, Amoeba Music


Carlo found a few CD's of this band that he's been looking for. Their music is more expensive online and he got four CDs for CHEAP. Apart from discounted CDs, Amoeba also has a huge selection of vinyls, vintage posters, movies, comics, and books.

That's it for Part 1, Day 1 of our Week-long Wandering! In a couple of days, I'll share highlights from our second day in LA and our travel playlist.

Any travels for you lately?

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