London

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This city is full of so much history, yet so completely urban at the same time. I knew I would enjoy it, but I wondered if it would feel too familiar to be an adventure. They speak English, how foreign could it be? Well, little did I know that London was exactly what I was looking for in a trip. Easy to get around the city, easy to communicate with locals, and a comfortable city vibe that was both new and familiar at the same time.

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Rogue Artists Ensemble’s ‘Wood Boy Dog Fish’

 

“There’s a kind of magic in the material of things. Don’t you think?”

This was the sixth Rogue Artists Ensemble production I’ve been to and it definitely did not disappoint. The Rogues are phenomenal at their art of puppetry, masks, and “hyper-theater.” While implementing such jarring and intricate imagery, their stories also always have so much heart. The deeper themes in each production seep through the eeriness to create something beautiful and fascinating. As the gentlemen next to me at the show said, their shows are always like a “delightful acid trip.” I couldn’t agree more.

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Civil War Reenactment

welcomeI’ve never been to a reenactment before, and it was as delightfully nerdy as I pictured. The Rotary Club of Moorpark puts on a reenactment each year and it is the largest annual Civil War battle reenactment west of the Mississippi. I was ready to see people in full regalia and historical garb and experience life in the 1860s!

The reenactment was on a dirt field which only enhanced the authenticity of the time period. Local food vendors were set up as well as tents of people selling goods, historic clothing, antiques, and more. We arrived just in time for the battle and had front row bleacher seats. The battle reenactment served as a summary of the Civil War battles, not any one battle in particular, and had hundreds of actors riding horseback, firing canons, and ultimately, shooting at each other. There was a marching band, an announcer detailing the play-by-play of the war, and of course there were the Blue and the Gray. Continue reading

Natural History Museum

20151107_124105The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County opened in 1913 and is the largest museum of natural history on the west coast. It houses subjects such as dinosaurs, mammals, the history of California and much more. I had never been before and it was a great way to spend a Saturday.

Located in Exposition Park, NHMLA sits right next to USC and the California Science Center. There was so much to see in this historic museum starting with its temporary exhibit entitled Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs.

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The Autry Museum

IMG_7240-001For Wild West and American history enthusiasts, the Autry is a gem of a museum. Last week Brianne and I ventured to Griffith Park to see an exhibit that the Autry is showcasing entitled Empire and Liberty: The Civil War and the West. Being more of an art museum fan, I was curious to see a history exhibit.

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Olvera Street

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This small alleyway known as Olvera Street, in the heart of Los Angeles, is filled with history. It is one of the oldest parts of the city and is said to be the originating point of all of LA. Though called a street, this location is a pedestrian walkway packed with shops, vendors, and restaurants. Los Angeles was founded in 1781 and it was founded very close to this destination. While it originated as a plaza for the ethnic Californio community and a farming and cattle ranching site, the area is now a popular tourist destination for authentic Mexican food, shopping, and culture.
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San Diego

20150425_173910It was a beautiful weekend to be in San Diego. There was a little bit of rain, but much more sun. I would love to go more frequently, since it’s not as far of a drive as I had anticipated. I noticed how everything was so accessible in San Diego. Minimal traffic, all districts were relatively close by, and the hotel circle is very central to the city. I was able to get to each destination in about 10-15 minutes! Although there is so much to do in SD, here is the budget-friendly experience that I enjoyed immensely.
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