“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” – Bruce Lee
For Jamie and I, this past week has been a stressful emotional roller coaster for certain. Monday night, we packed our bags and got ready to leave for our two week trip across Europe. Due to some complications (very, very long story) we left the terminal at LAX after watching our flight leave without us. Disappointed, frustrated, and drained we left the airport and began our unplanned stay-cation in the City of Angels. Good thing we packed.
The next few days consisted of endless costumer service calls, trips to LAX (five of the seven days we were there, more times than I’d been there in the last two years lol) and other related locations and calls. So this is the story about what we did between the our constant ride of high hopes and steep let downs.
The first night we stayed with my sister Jackie who just so happened to be at a hotel near the airport for a school conference. After getting through our business the next morning, we decided to head to Manhattan Beach, an old favorite spot of ours that we hardly get to visit because of how far it is.
I was happy to snap away at the local passersby. I was looking forward to the opportunity to shoot a lot of street photography in Europe, but this would have to do for now.
We found this little courtyard near Jamie’s favorite book store so I took a few shots of my reluctant model 🙂
Had to walk down to the water for a little. Thought this shot of an in progress shoot was nice. The guy actually let me take a cliche pier photo and waited for me to be content with my shot.
We ended up splurging and drinking/eating our sorrows away at a restaurant called Strand. This neon sign was ironically hanging in the bar.
Saturday we drove up to meet my family for Jackie’s birthday (which we would have missed if we did go to Europe). Lunch at Wabi Sabi in Venice.
After we headed over to Skyspace at the US Bank building downtown. The US Bank building is the tallest in LA and offers a 360 degree view of the city. I did ride the slide, but they wouldn’t allow cameras on it.
Our last day we stayed for Marc’s basketball league game. A HUGE shout out to Katie and Marc for letting us live with them in Cerritos for most of our trip and making sure we ate really well!