Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Happy Tuesday!

If you remember my adventure studying abroad in France in 2014, or if you have any experience with trying to move to France/study in France/work in France from the US, you might be familiar with the fact that in order to apply for a French visa, you have to have an in-person appointment at your regional consulate. Which means that I had to travel to Los Angeles to apply for my visa for TAPIF.

I was a little bit grumpy about going to LA at first, because traveling to another state for a 20 minute appointment seemed ridiculous (and still does). But I decided that if I had to go to LA, I was going to make the most of it. I haven't travelled since my trip to Japan in March, so I was feeling like getting out of Colorado would be a good idea for my psyche, and I was totally right.

I'm a little bit surprised at how much I enjoyed my trip to LA. I knew I would have fun going to the places I knew I would like - but I also had a ton of fun finding new places and doing things I haven't done before. These were my top 5 experiences from my trip to LA! I was only in LA for about 24 hours, so I was surprised at my ability to cram everything into that amount of time.

5. Stationery shopping!

Stationery lovers know the "big three" - Kinokuniya, Muji, and Daiso. I went to all three, and it was marvelous. There are none of these stores in Denver, so it was such a treat to get some great stationery items that I couldn't get at home, especially from Muji!



My trusty Lamy Safari fountain pen and black Traveler's Notebook with my breakfast in Japan town.

4. LACMA + Japanese American National Museum

On Tuesday afternoon, I went to the Japanese American National Museum in Japan Town, and then to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Both were fantastic! I had never been to the Japanese American National Museum, but I completely fell in love with the exhibition of origami they had on display, as well as the permanent exhibition. This was my 2nd time at LACMA, and I didn't get to see any special exhibitions, but I love their permanent collection.

3. The Getty

The Getty is in a league of its own. If I ever lived in LA, it would be because I worked at The Getty.

2. Getting my visa appointment done.

Obvious. It's the reason I went to LA in the first place, and it feel so good to have that done. Now, I'm just waiting for my visa to be returned to me. This whole process has been a game of hurry up and wait.

1. Evening at Venice Beach.

No matter where I end up in my life, I hope it's near a beach. After an exhausting day of travel, stationery shopping, paperwork, and museum visiting, I sat on the beach and watched the sun set. It was so peaceful, so relaxing, and I don't think there is a sound more wonderful than that of waves on a beach. It was as close to perfect as I could have imagined.

So that's it! What do you think? What would you do with 24 hours in LA?

Also - let me know if you think it would be helpful or interesting to have posts about the process of applying for TAPIF or studying abroad in France! I know it can be daunting and scary, so it's nice to have resources. Let me know in the comments, or send me a message on Instagram.
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