Tuesday, May 16, 2017

our walk to work

we walked to work today
we haven't done that in a while.
our place is 3.8 miles (according to google maps) from my office
and although the route we take is not the prettiest to walk to,
it is the fastest so that is why we always take it
we do go through echo park lake which i love so much
 here are a few of other interesting things i saw while on our way to dtla

dtla skyline from the park

an abandoned skate board 

a pretty wall 

this newish art on the wall of the bob baker theater 


we passed the vista hermosa park another of my favorites that i never go to :( 

the only flowers i saw on the way 

and then we decided to get a bike to be a little faster because we didn't leave home on time 

i got a fitbit for my birthday and then surprised ryan with this gem
which i found at one of my favorite vintage/gift shops in dtla
it is a walk-a-matic pedometer it measures your walked miles!  

after we left the bikes ryan went to his office, i still had a few blocks 

made it safe and sound! it was a gloomy day (still had some sunshine and got hot at times)
but it was perfect weather for a walk to work! 

xx
s

Sunday, March 5, 2017

moments of awe

one of the things i like most about walking is that i feel so connected to the city
when i first moved to la i was not working and i occupied most of my time in exploring the city, i learnt a lot from this, like how to move around or where to find the things i was interested in.
now i don't have time to explore except for the weekends but now i don't wander as much as i would like.
instead i relish in the small walks i take daily while commuting or when i go places after work. but even though they are small, they still have a big impact on my life: they make it better. the other day i was talking about this with ryan and he mentioned he had read an article in planning magazine that he thought i would like because it was about the same subject. i am not a planner, i am simply a person who uses public spaces so i don't know much about it, but i do know how having an interaction with the city makes a difference in my life.
the article was titled: planning for cities of awe, the first sentence read as follows: "how many times during the course of a day a week do you find yourself speechless, unable to express what you are seeing, so affected by and immerse in feelings of wonder and fascination that you not notice the passage of time? perhaps you were startled by streaks of lightning, caught a glimpse of a stunning vista..."
things you see while walking are more probably far more interesting than the things you can see while riding your car. or better yet, you can actually appreciate it them, stop and take it all in if you are walking than if you are moving so fast. kind of like the phrase "stop and smell the roses" you can only do this if you actually see the roses and there are no roses on the freeway.
there are many amazing memories of things i have seen while walking around the city that i would have otherwise missed if i had not decided to walk. so many moments of awe that have amazed me and made me a happier person. in the article they also mentioned that the researchers of the stanford school of management have shown that people exposed to an awe experience are more likely to feel a greater availability of time... moments of awe help slow us down and put us in the moment. this is likely to result in positive health benefits.
i truly believe that walking can make so much difference in someone's life, not only in physical health benefits but as this article made me learn, also psychological health.

a few weekends ago we went on a pasadena exploration, after we tried the most amazing just float therapy, we went off to walk around the cal tech campus to make time until dinner. just that morning i had said to ryan that i really wanted to watch the documentary 13th but it was unlikely as we don't have reliable internet nor netflix. so we were just walking around and enjoying the nice cold day when we stopped to read this little clipping board they had for general announcements and advertising and to my surprise we saw this ad for a screening and discussion of 13th film (!!!) they were also offering dinner (i was hungry by then lol) so it was the perfect timing, we could have not planned better.
it was such an amazing day, we got to do so much and had the opportunity of watching the film as well hearing what younger people thought about it (we did pretend to be students but i mean, i don't think they would have mind if they knew we weren't :) and all this time that has passed i still think of how amazing that opportunity was to us. something that because of us walking and happening to see it were able to take part of. moments of awe are out there just waiting to happen, we have to keep walking and have our eyes open so when we see those roses we are ready to take a good smell
this is a picture of a beautiful info board at the room where they had the screening at cal tech

Saturday, February 4, 2017

one mississippi two mississippi

i know the name of this blog makes reference to walking in los angeles it even has la la on its name, but sometimes we walk in other places, so i thought i'd share our experience of walking in the deep south.
when i was 17 years old i moved to gautier ms and lived there for a year as an exchange student. i was a senior in a small catholic school in pascagoula and it was that year when i met my now husband. i've been back many times ever since i was 17 but now that i am married to somebody from there i go every 2 years (sometimes more, every 2 years is not enough!) for the holidays.
i always tell the story of how when i used to talk to my mom over the phone she would say "well you can just walk there" and i would laugh and then explain to her that there were no sidewalks. i think the cities there still have a long way to go (in terms of urban planning) you definitely cannot survive without a car there, transit is almost non existent and until this day not every neighborhood has sidewalks... however! on this visit we documented the little walk we took in ocean springs downtown just to show that you CAN walk at least in some areas. not all towns on the gulf coast have a downtown but the ones that do, have the most charming little downtowns ever!


after spending christmas with our family we then headed to new orleans in lousiana (my favorite city in the country) and of course needless to say, we walked everywhere there and the weather let us ride the bikes one day, which was enough really because we stayed in our friends house which is in faubourg marigny and really close to the french quarter.
i got to eat in all the new restaurants i wanted to try, and ryan got all the bike lane pictures a man could want. we went to a lot of bars on frenchmen st. and listened to the bands on the street and we had an awesome time as we always do in nola. then my mother in law and her boyfriend came over for new years eve and we had a blast celebrating the end of 2016


it was so rainy! it rained almost all the days we were there

spanish moss!






that sign says: post trump stress disorder

my best wishes for 2017 and a whole lot of walking!