This past weekend, we went out with a bunch of friends to celebrate a friend’s birthday! We first grabbed a brunch at a really cool cafe and then went to the Getty Center. Let me tell you the story in slightly more detail and then gush about my single favorite place in LA.
We got up at around 10AM to catch an Uber out to downtown-ish LA for the cafe. It seemed like a formidable wait at first, but we waited around for a bit and pretty soon got a table. Fancy desserts and drinks notwithstanding, good food was eaten as well, and we certainly enjoyed our rare venture beyond Pasadena city borders.
Later that night, it was the College Night at the Getty! (https://www.getty.edu/education/college/center_collegenight_2016.html). I was extremely excited to go, because the Getty literally haseverything: seaside view, cityscape, pretty buildings, gardens, artwork… As always, it did not fail to disappoint.
The event itself was pretty chill: we had free food, and then there were a few activities and exhibitions. The best part of the exhibition was a collection Louis IXV tapestries, of which I’ve no pictures unfortunately. But the view was great, the live entertainment was great and overall I really appreciated the experience. Let my pictures speak for themselves!
We’ve all heard that the stomach is the fastest way to someone’s heart^. I never fully understood this until I got to college. While Caltech Dining Services (CDS) does its best to diversify the lunch and dinner menus, sometimes nothing can quite fulfill the craving for your mom’s home cooking. Having grown up in between Venezuela and Texas, home cooking for me looks like arepas, tacos, and brisket (among other things). Thankfully, Caltech’s location, just outside vibrant LA, makes attempts to find close seconds (to my mom’s cooking) easy and exciting. Often, I don’t even have to venture more than a mile or two from campus to find reliable favorites. Here are just a few within walking distance:
On May 8, the Washington Nationals came to Los Angeles Angels for a lovely Mother’s Day Game. I, being a D.C. native and avid Nationals fan, of course had to attend– the Nationals play the Angels very rarely because they play in different leagues and on opposite coasts. My dad and I have a goal of going to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, and we had to take advantage of our home team being in L.A., so my mom and dad both flew out for the weekend.
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.