Wednesday, August 31, 2016

take me out to the ballgame *stress free*

i really think the only reason why ryan decided to look for an apartment in echo park was because he wanted to be close to the dodger stadium... well maybe not the only reason, but i can bet anything it was a strong one.
now we don't live in echo park anymore (however we couldn't move too far from it, only a few miles away in silverlake) in any case we are still very close to the stadium and we do go a few games each season. i am not a baseball fan, even though i grew up watching it. the mexico part where i am from does not do soccer, i know shocking. to be honest i am not fan of any sport, but i do enjoy going to the games, i like to drink the super expensive beer, people watch and have a crappy but delicious veggie dog.
if you have been to a dodger game (or live in the area for that matter) you know how bad traffic gets. sunset gets crazy and just going up the now called vin scully ave. is a nightmare. driving your car to a game is a no no and not only getting there is the problem, but trying to get out of it! it is much easier / faster to walk out than to drive out.
since we don't have a car, that is never an issue for us.
i wanted to write about our way of transportation to one of the most iconic things to do in los angeles,: getting to a dodger game
to me this is the best way, it is stress free and fun and also great for people who are visiting. nobody has time to waste stuck in traffic!
as this was a week day we went from work to the stadium.
fastest way? bike share
my lame attempt to take a selfie while riding the bikes... you can't even see them lol
from the bike share station on 7th and main we rode the bikes all the way to union station where we parked our bikes and were not worried about what to do with our bikes. see? win win!
then we walked towards the dodger stadium express pick up spot and caught our beautiful orange bus that took us all the way there, non stop, preferred lane on sunset, yes that means  you will get there faster than the cars... :)
this is a free service and i love it!
ryan prefers to bike all the way on our own bikes. but that vin scully hill man, that hill gets me. i can't do it i have to dismount every time, every time! so yes it is 1000 times better to fly down on the way out and see all the cars just stopped there while you are way faster on your tiny bike.
but i'm not going to lie, still prefer to be driven up the hill on the bus. sorry ryan.

and there you have it
the wonderful view of this all american game without any stress about leaving early (if you've been there you know everybody leaves before to "beat" the traffic) without any delays, you will be there on time, happy and ready to eat and drink all you want! and also enjoy the game if you are into that sort of thing.



Wednesday, August 3, 2016

we go places

we usually try to stay in our triangle area. we like to go places between home and our work offices (home being silverlake, work being DTLA)
the reason i prefer to stay close to the neighborhoods we work and live is because los angeles is a very sprawling city and with that comes traffic... so yes it's hard to visit all and try to keep yourself sane. so i rather not push myself too much. however once in awhile we do venture a little further.
a few weekends ago we went to north hollywood. our beautiful friend Hillary was having her short film premiered at the california women's festival. we were so excited for her and we couldn't miss it.
so of course we rode the bus to our nearest red line station and took the train all the way there. we hopped off one stop before to go to this restaurant i have been dying to try and then took a bus to north hollywood to watch the show. on our way back the whole party (Hillary, her fiance and all her friends) took the red line to 7th station and we went to public school to celebrate!
on rides like this that are longer than our usual commute we bring our books or just enjoy the ride, specially on sunday afternoon when we don't have to rush
the magic of using transit is that even when traffic is bad you never feel stressed out, you can focus on other things or use your time more efficiently, doing things like reading or using your phone.
i have to admit that if we had to drive all the places we go, we probably wouldn't make it to half of them. so thank goodness for transit!



our delicious food from suncafe