Travel

socal 🌴 spring break photo diary (pt. 1 of 2)

Another day, another severely belated travel diary! Spring semester ended for me a few days ago, but during spring break (so at the end of March) I went to visit my best frond in SoCal, where she goes to sk00l with Peter the Anteater at UC Irvine. I stayed with her and her boyfriend (and their lovely dog) and we had a good few days of hangin’ out, art museum-ing, and eating lots of food, all of which are so so so nice any time but even nicer for ~long distance friendships~* like ours.

These photos are from the day we went to Laguna Beach, which you may know from esteemed reality TV show starlet turned lifestyle guru/Something Corporate bassist’s wife Lauren Conrad’s host of TV shows. Or at least that’s how I know of the city, lol. We started off at the Laguna Art Museum, then had lunch at Urth Caffé and had a long walk by the beach terrorizing anemones. (In our defense, we didn’t realize they were anemones. We didn’t know what the fuck they were, as the most marine education we have had is from Finding Dory.)

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Laguna Beach has an art museum, which was $5 entry for students but PRICELESS FOR CULTURAL IMPACT. Just kidding I think pricey art museums are bullshit and another way the bourgeoisie keeps lower classes down by depriving them of intellectual stimulation. Not to get all heavy and Marxist on ya ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Anyway I never turn down an art museum! The exhibition they had going on right then was on Tony DeLap, who is LITERALLY LIKE 90 YEARS OLD NOW AND STILL KICKIN’. I mean, what a legend. Lol, DeLap was one of UC Irvine’s founding art professors and his work focuses on abstract sculpture and minimalism.

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A lot of abstract/contemporary is very befuddling to everyone, including me, a self-proclaimed art luvr. It’s like, what is this red block? What does it mean? Why?? An article I read forever ago and keep going back to and foist upon anyone who listens to me for more than two seconds is this one from Salon, which describes abstract art and how it interacts with our brains from the perspective of a neuroscientist and his research. Basically, abstract art forces our brains to work in a different way than we’re used to and that’s why it bothers most people – super interesting and eye-opening and everyone should read the whole damn thing.

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Life & Ramblings

march ☔️ month in review

It’s the end of the month/beginning of a new month, and this time I’m comin’ at ya ONE YEAR OLDER (so a year closer to my internal age of like 93). Here’s what March looked like for me!

1. sprang break

The last week of March was spring break for me, so I took a flight down to SoCal to visit my best frond. We talked a lot, ate a lot, and it was a real good time. I think I’ll do a bigger post with more photos, but here are some quick snaps in the mean time~

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Laguna Beach! I haven’t been to a beach in a really long time and, guys, I don’t know if you know this, but the ocean is fuckin’ huge. What a new concept, right? Lol, it’s actually something that freaks me out if I think about it too much – just the sheer vastness of the water. I honestly think I could make myself hyperventilate if I thought about the ocean and space at the same time for like thirty minutes. But I digress!!!! Laguna Beach was very nice and there were some really cool tide pools where we saw a lot of anemones and even a sea star! A volunteer from some kind of marine institute was going around and helping people out and he told us that the sea star sighting was really rare, because there’s currently a disease sweeping the coast and all the starfish are dying. 😦

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This picture was taken before I found out about the sea star genocide.

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