Category Metro Adventures

From Mariachis to Velvet Paintings—My Car-Free Tour of Los Angeles

When I get out of town visitors, I get the same question nearly every time: “I should rent a car, right? I hear there isn’t good public transportation in Los Angeles.” I get excited for the opportunity to explain that yes, LA does have decent public transportation and despite it’s shortcomings, it’s only getting better. […]

 Sad Farewell to Nabi and the Union Swap Meet

Tucked away in the Union Swap Meet was a gem of a restaurant. A Korean-Mexican fusion restaurant, Nabi was the ultimate celebration of Los Angeles. It’s menu was a melting pot of two of this city’s largest immigrant populations and at a price anyone could afford.  Nabi was a frequent spot where I would […]

Five Years of Car-Free Living

June 21st was the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere. It was also a solstice of sorts for me: it was the five year anniversary of living car free! Taking the plunge to get rid of my car nearly didn’t happen. The very day I posted an ad on Craigslist to sell my […]

Bikesharing in Philadelphia 

I made a stop in the Philadelphia during my recent East Coast trip and got to try out Indego, their bikesharing program. I downloaded the Indego app before arriving in the City of Brotherly Love.  The app looked great!  It clearly showed all of the bike hubs, and also indicated how many bikes and available […]

Why I Marched in Women’s March Los Angeles, Part 3: First Amendment Rights

I believe it was not a coincidence that the authors of the Constitution gave the 1st Amendment top billing. Our right to free speech, a free press, and right to assemble are the backbone of what makes us a great nation.    I’ve been appalled by how our new president regards the press and those […]

Why I Marched in Women’s March Los Angeles, Part 2: Rape Culture

Most of us seemed to have a triggering moment in our new president’s campaign that cut a little too close to the bone. For those of us who oppose him, his hateful rhetoric was always bothersome. Of all the foul things I heard him say, the worst for me personally was hearing the leaked Access […]

Why I Marched in Women’s March Los Angeles, Part 1: My Experience

Rain came down hard the day of the Presidential Inauguration. The rain and wind on that Friday felt fitting. I made a joke that if I was a religious person, I would probably think that the rain was God’s tears. That was the only joke I could muster all day. It was hard to laugh […]