this past weekend i spent a lovely weekend in LA. if there is one thing i learn upon going back home often, is that it's constantly changing, neighborhoods are seeing a boom of parks, green spaces, walkable streets, and public transit is becoming more accessible and frequent. my dad works in the field of landscape architecture and always has a new space to share with me that he had worked on. i always say "everything i know, i learned from my father" and in this case, it's definitely true that my interest in urban development comes from him. if you ever get a chance to visit L.A. take a walking tour of downtown. it's the most exciting place to see historical buildings, new parks, and life happen.
24 January, 2013
i'll be the first to admit that i'm that girl rummaging through my bag to find my wallet and phone while a line builds up behind me. i don't really carry a purse, my backpack is only bag i carry these days, and i'm usually holding a card (student ID) or phone in my hand. i've gotten into a bad habit of losing both as city living can be a little chaotic until i found this wristlet by Michael Kors. it's one of the greatest inventions that deserves a round of high fives and a must have if youre one of "those" girls, like me.
23 January, 2013
san francisco is full of really great attractions, yet, most tourist i've meet have sought to do the usual Fisherman's Warf, MOMA, Golden Gate Park, Golden Gate Bridge etc. as an urbanist, i'm constantly on the lookout of interesting and cool things to do, sharing my favorite bits and pieces of the city that make it great (to me). just recently the planning department of SF mandated to open private spaces to public spaces. this means that once privately owned terraces, courtyards, and parks are now open to the public, although detailed in how one gains access. when i found out about these spaces i went on a tour to a few spots in downtown SF, first stop was One Kearny off of Market Street. on the 11th floor is a terrace where you can picnic if you bring your food and gain a gorgeous view of downtown (like the photo above).
it's quite the tour and worth the effort in finding these cool new spots. if one was to ever make a tour of the city, i say this should be part of your itinerary. here's an entire map dedicated to this tour by the SF Planning Department.
17 January, 2013
one of my favorite urban hiking spots in the city is Lands End. tucked in the rocky end point of Golden Gate Park and at the beginning of the Pacific Ocean, about an hour and a half of hiking trails on top of cliffs guide a scenic walk with views that reach from the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Ocean, and Marin. just recently i took the mister on an a sunset walk where we picnicked among cliffs and crashing waves. at one point, those waves were the only noise we could hear away from the city. usually insulated by fog, we were lucky enough to have clear skies, the stars above, and the moonlight glistening in the sea.
Lands End is perfect for those days you just want to get into nature and away from the city (but not too far from home too).
16 January, 2013
Boot & Shoe Service (cafe) is one of those spots that i have become a frequent customer of just before dashing off to class. serving Sight Glass coffee, tasty latte's, and freshly baked pastries, it's a treat to be able to live so close to this little Oakland jem. and it's not all coffee either, they are also a restaurant and pizzeria serving locally sourced ingredients in drinks and food. a treat if you're also looking for great pizza, brunch, and drinks.
15 January, 2013
just recently i took a trip across the country to visit my boy to ring in the new year. i had never been in NYC during winter and thought it would have been freezing cold and jam packed with people. it was exactly that but i handled and took it like a big girl. i loved being in the big city during this time of year, bundled up in layers, scarves, and boots, and being able to hold the one i love while marveling at city skyscrapers in glistening light in search of the perfect burger, pizza, and coffee shop.
i have an affinity for cities, i've devoted my entire college education to studying them and this blog about discovering San Francisco. i've lived in Los Angeles my entire youth and moved up to SF at a time of forging my way in life. i spent a lot of time walking and discovering my purpose between bus rides, meeting people, reading in cafe's, art shows, and concerts. i started to love walking through them, studying its people, architecture, history, art, food, and finding the charms that make these cities great. it wont be long till i start to familiarize myself with NYC.
and although coming from California with deep convictions that the Bay Area has the best scenery, food, and coffee etc, i'm willing to put my convictions aside for new experiences cause that's what it's all about right?!
14 January, 2013
happy new year and hello! after much time away from the blogging world i decided to take a new route with city girl rides, this is not because of wendy bird being taken and never returned to me, it's mainly that a lot of changes are happening and will continue this next year: graduation, a growing and emerging coast to coast relationship, a new job, a new city (NYC baby!). lots of changes in the next coming months and i want to utilize this space a little differently for that journey.
will you come along with me?