So this weekend happens to be the weekend of ALL my concerts. Two band concerts and a chamber music concert, and I’m just plain freaking out.
But luckily, before all that, I had a really, really fun weekend–a friend of mine visited California all the way from New Jersey, and she and I spent the day visiting some of the more unique areas of Los Angeles.
One of the great things about being at Caltech is the proximity to Los Angeles. Now, to be perfectly honest, I’m an East Coast New York City girl at heart, but LA has been growing on me. How could it not? I definitely manage to go into LA about once or twice a term–for example, I went and saw Chicago the other day with the Caltech Y at the Pantages Theater:
Our first stop was the Alhambra Certified Farmer’s Market, one of many in the Los Angeles area but one of the only ones open for the day. You have to wake up pretty early for some of these markets–during spring break, there’s always a trip to the largest in the area…which opens at 1 am. The fruit here in California is simply to DIE for, and this market definitely did not disappoint. The best was this random stall selling amazingly sweet oranges for $.75/lb.
There observatory itself is very pretty.
We also found this highly rated cupcake store nearby and decided to pop in. We decided to split a pistachio cupcake, because there’d just been so much good food all day (and more to come!). It definitely lived up to the hype…I have no idea how on earth they managed to get their cupcakes so sweet and moist. Massively jealous!
So now it’s time to get ready for my weekend of music. I’m especially excited for my chamber music concert–my trio has put in a bunch of extra time practicing, and I think it really shows.
I’ll be sure to take pictures…maybe even a bit of video.
Unlike many students, I never had the opportunity to visit Caltech before enrolling. I had visited California once in elementary school, and the first time I returned was to move in for college. The only time I had ever left home before was for a week or two of sleepaway camp. Now, I would be moving across the country to a place I had never seen before with a bunch of strangers. Naturally, I was a bit terrified.
…Or, How a Disciple of Bethany Ehlmann, a Former Desert Militiaman, Moore Lab Subbasement Dwellers, Roblox’s Newest Intern, a Florida Man, and a Luminous Plasma Scientist Went to War with the Caltech Mail Center, Got Double-Crossed by AirGas Corp., Survived Three COVID Outbreaks, and Nearly Stranded Themselves in the Mojave in order to Send a Bag of Peanuts to Space (A True Story).
Every midterm week and final week, Page House Peer Advocates (PAs) put on a de-stressing event. This term for midterms, the PAs hosted a painting night in conjunction with a Page dessert night. (Every Thursday, the House gives $60 to a pageboy (a member of Page) to buy a bunch of dessert and snacks for the house for dessert night.). They provided canvases, paint brushes, and a variety of paint colors for the night. It was a really fun and relaxing time to stop working on sets or studying for midterms for a bit and hangout with friends.
On the weekend of April 16th, my friends and I participated in the first ever Southern California College Poker Tournament! The tournament was for college students in the SoCal area with a $0 buy-in that doubled as a recruiting event for quant and finance firms. A senior friend of mine (Vanessa, a fellow blogger) put together a team of five girls who had no interest in being recruited and just wanted to have fun playing poker.