Last night, I got to thinking about traveling and how little I do it. Oddly enough, I’ve been on a plane more times in the past year than I have in my life – but I’m only going home to Boston and then back home to California. I have never left the country and I don’t even have a passport. I have been to major U.S. cities (New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, Orlando, Chicago, Las Vegas) and every single New England state… but that’s about it.
I would love to travel more. I studied art history in college and it seems silly that I have never seen the actual art of my favorite artists in person. I want to go to Italy and walk on those old streets and see the Pantheon, I want to visit the Louvre in France and see some Van Gogh in the Netherlands (as well as get high, boat through the canals and visit the Anne Frank house.) I hope I get to experience these things some day.
But for as little travel as I have done, I am pretty excited that I have managed to make two cities on different ends of the country my home. I'm proud that I took the plunge and moved somewhere completely out of my comfort zone. A huge part of traveling is experiencing other cultures, and I'm excited that at the very least - I managed to move to and live in a culture that was different than what I knew.
For the first six months that I lived in Los Angeles, I questioned it. I wanted to go home every single day and now I love this place and I’m pre-maturely sad for the day that I will eventually leave (as everyone seems to… also I'm pretty sure this drought will drive us all away.) I was so intimidated by the idea of learning the ropes of another city. I hate not having any control and not knowing where I am or my way around. Now, I know Los Angeles pretty well… and it’s WAY bigger than Boston! Now, I know the ropes of TWO cities!
I can’t believe I’ve already been here for almost a year and a half. Time is flying by. I am SO happy that I made the move to the west coast. I’m still an east coast girl at heart – and I’m sure I’ll head back that way eventually – but I am loving my little western life with all its great learning experiences, wonderful friends, job opportunities and a shit ton of great friends.