One of my friends from Virginia came to visit Caltech this week, so Michael, Sarai, Ben, and I decided to take him to visit Los Angeles. First, we stopped by Chinatown, where we found a random restaurant to eat. We were sitting next to an aquarium with fishes, two of which were kissing…a couple of us found it rather amusing, but I didn’t get a picture of it. Anyway, the food was also amazing, it was nice to get some Chinese food once in a while.
Afterwards, we made our way to Little Tokyo, where I’ve been to many many times. They have a lot of stores. Some sell cute Asian mechandise, such as totoros and domos. One such store have new things every time I go – they sell out so quickly. This time there were awesome hamtaros that vibrates when you pull on their tails. There are also stores that sell more traditional Asian things such as fans, etc. For anime lovers, there are two stores that sell imported anime and manga merchandise from Japan. Finally, there are also a lot of Japanese restaurants and snack places. The street side snack shops are especially awesome, they sell snacks like takoyaki and mochi ice cream.
All of you probably know about the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan recently. To raise awareness and funding to help Japan, there was a charity event on Saturday. There were performances throughout the day and many volunteers walked around with boxes getting donations. I’m proud to say that we contributed :)
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.