1 Backpack: Seattle

 From LA to SEATTLE Living in LA is great…most of the time.  Who can complain that the mild winters and summer heat provide us Angelinos with optimum Vitamin D all year around?  Yet, to many SoCal inhabitants there is something so alluring about that strange phenomena called “weather.” It fascinates us, in all its limitless…

The City

If you’re not careful, the city will swallow you whole In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Enveloped.”

Summer of Shakespeare

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves” – William Shakespeare The English major in me jumped at the chance to study the pinnacle of literary royalty, William Shakespeare, the summer of my junior year at UCLA.  Now, I love literature but I’ll admit that Shakespeare can get a little daunting,…

Brooklyn To Manhattan Beach: Grimaldi’s On the West Coast

In my family, it has become a tradition of sorts that every visit to New York must include a trip to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Brooklyn. My aunt took me during my first visit to the city nearly 9 years ago. I’ve been back 5 times since and it remains one of the highlights of any trip.

Down On the West Coast

California has the best weather on the planet. Yes, I am a Cali native and growing up here gives me automatic bias but I have travelled to a few parts of the world and what that has taught me is: you can’t beat California for weather. Mostly sunny year around, mild winters and a place where you can…