This summer I’ve been busy working in Downtown LA (the other side of town) as an intern for Teach For America. When I first realized I would be in Downtown I was both super scared and super excited. I was scared because I wasn’t used to navigating the area- Westwood definitely is not as populated and does not have as many huge buildings or one-way streets as Downtown- but I was excited to learn about this side of LA that is so close yet so far away from my college town.
One of the first things I did when I got off of work early one day was adventure to Bunker Hill with another intern and visit Tom’s bench from the movie 500 Days of Summer. This is one of my favorite movies, so I was super stoked to be sitting on the same bench that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel had sat on for the film. It was a beautiful view.
Another awesome thing about being in downtown (or LA in general) is the FOOD. Oh my gosh, the food. At first I tried to bring my own lunch to the office to save some money and to eat a little healthier, but seeing people bring these awesome plates back to the office during lunch made me super jealous and I ended up bringing money and trying a new place every day that I had my internship. There are so many awesome and hip restaurants to go to, but there are also a lot of cheap and delicious hole-in-the-wall places that are just as delicious. There’s also a farmer’s market in Pershing Square a couple of days a week that is super yummy and right across the street from my office! A few of my favorite things that I tried were a thai chicken sandwich and a maple glaze bacon donut (yes, that exists) from a diner nearby. On the last day of the internship all the interns and our managers went out for happy hour at a place called Public School where they had great deals on amazing food. Here’s their version of a hot dog (yes, there’s a hot dog somewhere in between all that food) that was only FOUR DOLLARS during their happy hour! So good.
Finally, one of the coolest things about being in downtown was actually the amount of my friends from UCLA that were also in the area for the summer! On the days before my internship I could text one of my friends that also had a summer internship nearby and we would meet up for lunch or dinner or coffee or boba and catch up. So many people I know are doing super cool things in Downtown- from fashion to accounting- UCLA students are super diverse. Here’s a picture I took when me and one of my sorority sisters met up and had a fancy dinner at Bottega Louie – a really yummy (but expensive!) and nice place that was a perfect middle-ground meeting spot between our offices. They’re famous for their macaroons!
Although I had a great time in Downtown, I absolutely cannot wait to be back in Westwood (my move-in date is September 7th and yes I am counting down the days) to catch up with everyone I couldn’t see over the summer and prepare for the unbeatable Fall quarter with the super fun zero week, all the new freshman, and of course football games! Downtown was pretty awesome, but Westwood will always be my home and where my heart lies.