More beach days in “winter!”

Since the start of winter quarter, there has only been a few “cold” ish days. So as usual, many UCLA students are still taking advantage of this beautiful weather.

One weekend me and my friend decided to take a trip to Malibu and visit Zuma Beach and Point Dume. It’s about a 30- 40 minute drive from campus, but I think it is so worth it! The beach is fairly quiet, there is more wildlife there (like dolphins and seals!), and you can climb up a short distance to the top of “point dume” where you get an amazing view of the beautiful beach.

Here’s a picture of the view from up top!

While I do hope for the weather to get cold sometime soon, these beach trips might be worth the absence of winter in Los Angeles.

Fall means New Friends

This weekend I had the opportunity to say at a beach house in Sunset Beach with 25 people I did not know.  Needless to say I was a little bit nervous, but I walked away with 25 new friends!  What was I doing that put me in that situation? I was on a retreat with the Academic Affairs Commission (part of USAC- our student government)!

The first couple weekends in every quarter is always really fun because there is still minimal homework and no tests to study for.  Because of this unique situation, I could go on the AAC Retreat with no worries! I brought my kindle along to do some reading for a class, but other than that I was able to focus my energy on meeting new people and getting to learn all about the purpose and structure of AAC and USAC.

The retreat was so much fun!  Sure we had to learn about logistics and details, but I also got to begin planning some of my events for the year.  My committee and I brainstormed all kinds of fun activities for Stress Free Days and created puns for fall themed festivities.  If that was not enough, we got to go to the beach on Saturday afternoon!

What started out as a weekend of planning, turned into a weekend of fun, friends, and games!  I definitely recommend checking out some clubs early on and having your own retreat experience!

An Unusual Event to Kickoff Spring

One of the greatest things about UCLA is its proximity to the ocean.  Turns out this is just as practical as it is fun!  Another great thing about UCLA is that you are surrounded by people who have not yet lost their inner child.

On Saturday, a group of us went into a park in Westwood to have..A GIANT FOOD FIGHT.  It was a beautiful day in LA with a high of 75.  The girls drove the guys down to the park as a “Men’s Appreciation” Event.  In short, we ended up throwing spaghetti and shaving cream (among other things) and getting horribly messy.  It was a great way to kick off spring quarter because no one had to worry about midterms or papers just yet.  We were able to just hang out in the park and embrace our inner 5 year olds.  I regret nothing! (Not even the Italian Salad Dressing in my hair).

Most participants in this event went back to their dorms or apartments.  My friends and I went to the beach!  We lined my friends car with garbage bags and made it down to Santa Monica.  I don’t think that I have ever gotten in the water faster.  As soon as we reached the water, we dropped our bags and walked into the water and just swam and splashed around for a bit.  It was so fun!

This is hopefully on the first of many beach trips this quarter.  Spring is the best season in LA because the weather is getting warmer and their are so many outdoor things to do!  I plan on going to the beach at least once a month, going back to the Getty, having a bonfire down at Dockweiller Beach, hiking, and so much more!

Spring has sprung!

When life speeds up, you slow down!

 

After a hiatus from the Blog I am back, and I am pumped to start sharing my experiences with all of you again! Between spring quarter, winter quarter, and fall quarter, winter quarter always goes by faster than all the others, and this year is no exception. Somehow, it is already third week and I feel like I just returned from the holiday break! There is no zero week before winter quarter and you are thrown right back into the school year. It has been two weeks, and I am just now feeling as if I’m back in the groove.

With winter quarter speeding around me, I took the long weekend as a chance to slow down a bit. It’s always warm in Los Angeles but the weekend had perfect weather, so I decided to take advantage of sun and warmth and head to Malibu on two different days. On Sunday I headed up to Escondido falls in the Santa Monica Mountains. It was supposed to be an easy hike without too much effort needed. However, when we got to the falls we did not feel tired enough so we decided to hike up to the top of the falls. It did not turn out to be as easy as we thought. I felt as if I was clinging to the side of the mountain for dear life and hoping not to fall down the crumbling rocks under my feet. However, when we reached the top the view was well worth it!

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On Monday, I took a much more relaxing trip to Malibu and went to the beach instead. It was my first time on the beach in Malibu and I loved it. I will never be tired of going to the beach in the middle of winter. The water was cold, but the sand and sun were warm and the day at the beach was relaxing and fun time with friends. I love going to school in so-cal, and I love UCLA! Go Bruins!

Princeton Ly – Summertime

 

Now that the school year is winding down, inquiring minds want to know – what should one look to do during what is sure to be another sunny Los Angeles summer?

1) Hollywood Bowl

Just ten miles from campus is one of the coolest venues in California: the Hollywood Bowl. I have had the pleasure of experiencing several concerts there, featuring artists like Joshua Bell and John Williams (ever seen lightsabers at the symphony before?). The Los Angeles Philharmonic calls this historic site home during the summer (so did Spring Sing back in the day!), but the outdoor location also features soundtrack play-alongs (Pixar!), jazz luminaries (arranged by Herbie Hancock), and lots and lots of fireworks. So pack a picnic basket full of your favorite munchies and enjoy life like the locals at the Bowl!

2) Beach

This probably goes without saying, right? I mean, entire careers have been built around California’s golden shores. My personal take is that if you’re actually hoping to play in the waves, make the drive up to Malibu – the water’s a bit cleaner. Anywhere north of Pepperdine works. Places closer to UCLA like Santa Monica and Venice are great for walking around in, but trust me, the water there is more icky than you would want to know. And of course, if you have the time, some of the more southern OC and SD beaches are actually quite nice.

3) Dodger Game

Watching the sun set over the waves is a Californian privilege, but watching the same spectacle framed by the cantilevers of Chavez Ravine is pure Los Angeles. Luckily for you, the Dodgers (color-barrier-busting Jackie Robinson being the obvious UCLA connection) are doing very well this year, headlined by breakout star Matt Kemp and Koufax-ian pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Cheap seats abound (I’ve watched games against mediocre opponents for like $5), but paying a bit more for a better view is always worth it, in my opinion. And if you’re a glutton for punishment (or just a glutton), there is an All-You-Can-Eat Pavilion behind center field where for something like $25, you can get a seat along with all the Dodger Dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn, and soft drinks you can stomach. Yikes, good luck with that!