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Experience NYC Like A Local

Experience NYC Like A Local with a Native New Yorker – me!

 

A Pair of Panties & Boxers was my first travel blog. I started it when I was studying abroad in China. This was when I was bitten by the travel bug and it’s been almost 10 years since then. However, over time life got in the way and both traveling and writing fell to the back burner.

2017 will be different. I plan to get back to writing starting with NYC Like A Local, a weekly series that captures NYC from a local’s perspective – me! This series features things not found in typical NYC tour guides and travel posts.

Looking forward to sharing how you can experience NYC like a local! Here’s something new once a week, every week.

Santa Monica: Beach Bum Is My Next Calling

Santa Monica is calling my name – literally! Being bi-coastal moves up on my bucket list every time I visit LA. I’m in love with the weather and the vibe.

 

Ever since I took my first trip to California years ago, being bi-coastal has been on my bucket list. With a view like this in Santa Monica, who wouldn’t? I mean, have you seen what the beaches look like in New York? Every time I go back to LA, the beach bum in me can’t help but dream about sprawling out on Santa Monica and not having a care in the world.

Being bi-coastal gives me the best of two words. I get the sun, the breeze, the air, the west coast vibe. I also get the hustle, the charge, the fast-paced New York shuffle. And when I need to catch my breath, back to LA I go. It’s like HIIT.

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A City Girl’s Outdoorsy Day In LA

This is how a New Yorker spends an outdoorsy day in LA. Start with brunch at the Farmer’s Market, then a visit to LACMA and finally, end your day by eating and shopping at The Grove.

 

In LA, I subconsciously avoid going “in” to anything. That’s why I always prefer an outdoorsy day in LA. The weather is so perfect I don’t want to waste a moment indoor if I don’t have to. At the Griffith Observatory, I spent more time wandering around it than exploring the exhibitions inside. At The Getty Center, I sped walked through the galleries so I could get outside. And even when I was inside, I was always looking out for a view.

While this city girl appreciates the outdoors, I need to build up my tolerance to dirt and tiny flying things. So aside from the beach or a trail, what’s another way to spend an outdoorsy day in LA? Taste testing food stalls at the original Farmer’s Market, exploring LACMA in the afternoon and ending the evening at The Grove.

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