So Sarai and I had planned to go to Huntington Library and Gardens since almost two months ago, but somehow something came up every weekend and we never made it. Finally, we got around to going there during Spring Break!
On Friday, Sarai, Carrie, Albert, and I walked to Huntington. We were greeted by beautiful trees and flowers as soon as we walked past the entrace. All four of us brought a camera, and I took quite a few pictures. First we checked out the gardens with a lot of sculptures, trees, and flowers (not quite sure what it was called.) I realized on the trip that these are my favorite flowers (unfortunately I don’t know what they are called – anyone care to enlighten me?):
Next, we went to the Conservatory, with the Rain Forest, Cloud Forest, and Bog. You can actually see mists and clouds in the Cloud Forest:
It was around then that I started getting ridiculous allergic reactions to the pollen thoroughout the Gardens. I’m sure that my sniffling provided my companions some great music as we headed towards the Chinese Gardens. The view was absolutely amazing, and I feel in love the white bridge:
We went along the path to the Japanese gardens. They had a replica of a Japanese style house, complete with a traditional tea room. There was also a nice bamboo garden and bomsai garden. I never knew there were so many different types, shapes, and sizes. We also stopped by the lily pond, but it wasn’t the season for lilies :(
Our last stop was the desert garden. It was much larger than I expected. I loved the cacti! There were so many different types, some tiny, some huge.
A snippet of the desert garden
We left after looking around the desert garden*. *We actually only visited around half of the gardens Huntington, haven’t seen Jungle Garden, Subtropical Garden, etc. We also didn’t look at any of the galleries or the art collection. We’ll probably go back some other day and visit more :)**
After a year spent in “soft-lockdown” at home in Atlanta, and as Caltech students prepared to finally return to campus, I was aboard an eight hour flight towards Edinburgh, Scotland. Since my junior year plans were interrupted by the virus who shall not be named, I’m spending my first term of senior year studying abroad through the Caltech - Edinburgh University International Exchange program. I’ve only been here just over a week yet have been exposed to so many new people, perspectives, foods, and classes.
When the announcement was first made that fall term was going to be online, I started talking to friends and looking for places to live. We were debating locations around the country: California, Florida, New York, etc.. there were plenty of options. Then it suddenly hit me, what is stopping us from going to Hawaii, covid numbers were better and a two week quarentine would ensure that numbers stayed down… I proposed this to my friend and we agreed it would be an amazing experience, but we didn’t want to get out hopes up. A month or so later we still haven’t decided where to live, Hawaii seemed too far and too difficult to plan. But we couldn’t get the idea out of our heads. We spent some time looking into plane tickets, places to stay, etc… and it actually didn’t seem so impossible after all. A couple weeks later and we were arriving here on the big island!
I visited Amsterdam for a brief two and a half days during my vacation. There were a few landmarks and neighborhoods I wanted to checkout, but did not plan the visit in detail. As such, when it came down to destinations with ticketed entries, I had to skip most of them, since they did not have day-of tickets left for sale. Fortunately, I was able to walk around most of the city and it was generally a good time.