California

Photo Essay: Snapshots from Los Angeles

December 13, 2014 California
Aerial View of Los Angeles, California

On my way back to San Francisco after Colombia, I spent a few days in Los Angeles. On my short trip there, I experienced a wide range of the city — from fancy restaurants to late night taco trucks, from the crowded freeways to the metro system (yup, you read that correctly), from gritty streets […]

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Photo Essay: Exploring Oakland in the Spring with Localite Tours

April 24, 2014 California
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On a balmy Sunday morning in March, I crossed the San Francisco Bay to join Localite Tours’ Picnic Tour in Oakland. It was a relaxing day by Lake Merritt and our group got to experience some lovely sights and tastes of springtime Oakland. Here’s what we did: Our first stop was The Gardens at Lake […]

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Those Places You Find in Your Own Backyard

April 27, 2013 California

“Get ready to travel in your own country,” my friend says cheerfully as she opens the gate for me. “You can blog about this!” Indeed, I step into a new world as I enter the yard. A collector’s world. There are several cars, some functioning, others clearly not. An old Mercedes has its hood propped […]

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Photo Essay: Street Artists Take Over an Abandoned Factory in Berkeley

January 27, 2013 California
Berkeley - Special Delivery Street Art

I watch my step as I enter, careful not to step in the rubble and debris that have tumbled down from the walls and ceilings of this derelict building over time. The bare sandals I’ve chosen to wear on this hot day in late September are not the best footwear for this kind of exhibit. […]

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Photo Essay: The Things I Loved About My San Francisco Summer

August 28, 2012 California
Looking up at the redwoods in Muir Woods

This summer, I had a 2.5 month break and didn’t leave the country. I didn’t even leave the state. Ludicrous, I know. But without going beyond a 150 mile radius of San Francisco, I had an epic all-American summer and never felt like I was squandering my time by not leaving. So what makes an […]

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10 Things One San Franciscan Likes About Los Angeles

November 28, 2011 California
Los Angeles - Barnsdall Farmer's Market

In the vast and varied country of the United States, fellow residents tend to misunderstand each other as much as they have a tendency to misunderstand the world beyond. It’s disconcerting to see how many people form concrete opinions of other places based on very little knowledge of and experience in those places. I discovered […]

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On Seeing Dolphins

October 17, 2011 California

“We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough.  We want something else which can hardly be put into words–to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.” – C.S. Lewis. […]

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Photo Essay: Holiday Healing by the Sea

January 5, 2011 California
Santa Cruz - Silhuoette and Birds

Though the pain that comes from losing a loved one is infinite, the immensity of it does dim with time. But special events and holidays can re-magnify the loss and make you recall simpler, happier days when all of the dining table chairs were full. My mom read somewhere that when a family member dies, […]

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