We went on a date, to a different city to visit places we have never been. It was fun and YOU should try it too!
I had been dying to go on an adventure and Finally had the opportunity! I wanted it to be epic and spontaneous, but not to epic that it would scare my soon to be husband away. I came across a post along time ago about visiting LA via metro and decided to recreate that in a mini version.
The metro is a fun way for people to travel to tourist locations easily, quickly and on the cheap. We had never ridden a train before and we were not familiar with how it worked but the goal here was to have fun and not dig too deep into our pockets.
For this date we chose to take the metro RED line.(click here to read more about it) The red line is probably one of the best day tours to take when exploring LA. There is almost something to do at every stop including visiting Hollywood and Universal studios. Because we had been to a few of those places already we chose to only stop at a few selected locations and explore from there.
Our first stop: Little Tokyo.
My biggest regret visiting little Tokyo was that I only took pictures and videos on my snap chat! Those are now long gone with my other deleted adventures. Sad face. When we visited it was bustling and full of flowers! This lively place is so worth the stop. The mix of authentic food and the quirky shops make this stop all the more cooler. Totally worth your time!
After stuffing our faces with sushi we ventured to the metro station and paid a measly $6 dollars for both of us! Let me repeat that!! A full day pass for two people: 6 bucks! I was over the moon. I'm sure my husband was pretty happy about that price too. I bet you he was already thinking about how to spend the money we saved on our next meal.
Our next stop: Pershing Square
I’ll be honest, when you step off the metro and into the city at this stop it’s not pretty. It doesn’t smell good either. I remember making Jorge(Hubby) stop at Walgreen to buy some hand sanitizer in case I touched something I didn’t mean to. IF you can make it pass the off putting smell and the lines of people this stop actually holds two amazing gems. One of which was my favorite part of the Trip. Gem number one is The Down & Out Bar. This bar is super neat. We went in with the realization that neither of us were driving thanks to LA’s awesome transportation and popped in for a drink. After Chatting up the bartender we had to get in some trouble and take some photos with their police photo booth. It totally made our day.
The second Gem Is a big store literally just across the street The Last Book Store. This book store is not your ordinary book store! It has a maze of books! Seriously! A whole labyrinth of books on the second floor. You can walk right in and tour it, take some awesome photos and really appreciate the work and artistic skill that went into creating it. Besides selling books they also have a great collection of records. Worth checking it out.
Our third stop: West-lake
Before we got to this stop we accidentally got off at the Metro Center and just circled around. There are a few bars there if you wanted to stop for some drinks. Once we got our heads on right and came out of the West-lake center we were immediately met with tons of street vendors. It reminded me of our hometown swap meet. People were selling a variety of things from fresh foods to homemade shoes. Left of the station and across the way is a place called Langer’s. I heard about this place in an Laweekly post a while back which inspired our day trip all together. They are famous for their pastrami sandwich, which my husband Gave a 10/10. They make a mean sandwich and they are pretty big too.
Our Fourth and Final stop: Vermont
Here we had to catch the bus to our final destination. Surprisingly our day pass card also covered the bus fare so we didn't have to pay for the ride. Shatto 39 lanes is where Jorge and I discovered he has a real knack for bowling, and I ...well, I did not. After playing two rounds we headed to the mini arcade in the front of the building and wasted the rest of our quarters. It wasn't that packed when we visited which was such a plus! Also, bring your IDs they serve alcohol to accompany your bowling.
After being totally annihilated at bowling, we caught our bus back to the station and hopped on until we got back to our car. Taking this mini adventure was just enough to itch that need for travel+. It was cheap, fun and full of new experiences. I encourage you to try it out, there is something to do at almost every stop! You never know what you might see or who you might meet! Good travels and share your travel ventures with us when you go!
Why We Sold Everything We Own To Live In a RV
So you read that right. My husband and I have pretty much put everything we own for sale. Tvs, games, vacuum cleaner, and more. Of course, we kept some necessities like, our underwear and a sleeping mask, but for the most part we are giving up everything. Even comfortable living quarters.
Can you imagine: two...shall I say….fairly overweight, messy people living full time in a traveling one bedroom bus? Because that's our new reality.. And a bus is actually bigger than our rv. We chose to make this sacrifice and live “Uncomfortably” for a time so we can well...Live in discomfort..
Let me explain... When I say discomfort I don't really mean discomfort physically, although, we will probably be uncomfortable living in such a confined space; but I mean this in a different sense. You see my Husband and I have become too comfortable. We settled down in a home we didn't like, in an area we didn't care for and work jobs we didn't want.. Because it was convenient, affordable and that's what society said we needed to do to be successful.
Before we settled we wanted to travel, we wanted to see new things and visit new places. We wanted to try those incredibly famous destination foods and experience new and exciting human experiences. But somehow the dream got lost and we got to comfortable with life as it was in the now, with work..catching up on tv shows spending our days inside sitting down on the sofa potentially wasting our lives when our dream was just outside the door.
As every day went by, it got harder and harder to actually get off our butts and find our adventures. We Grew more accustomed to watching others have fun and somehow tricked our minds into thinking that was enough. That if we stay where we are, eventually, those desires those dreams will come. But the truth is...they won't. We aren't going to experience any of that if we don't actually go out and do it ourselves.
You see, those people more than likely took a risk. To say yes to something that was potentially uncomfortable for a moment so that they can reach their dream. Getting in front of a camera for the world to see you is uncomfortable, meeting new people and putting yourself out there is scary and selling everything you own to live in an Rv is incredibly stressful; but in the end, discomfort leads to opportunity and in our case the opportunity to get up and move in a moments notice.
A year ago I desperately wanted to go on a missions trip to another country and had signed up to do so three years in a row, but I always backed out. Why? Because I was afraid. I was afraid to not make enough money. I was afraid I wasn't going to be good enough. I was also afraid of going on a long trip with people I wasn't very close to and low key, kinda scared not to have my mom… (yes im an adult, yes I still need my mom). But that fourth year I was ready to make my commitment. Ready to get over my fear and get a little uncomfortable and say yes. When I did this something magical happen… I went to Costa Rica! I stayed for 9 days, met some amazing people, helped the community, even got on stage and most importantly, I experienced those human experiences we desire so much like, culture appreciation, living in the moment, and experiencing life itself, not just in front of a tv screen. All by stepping out of my comfort zone and taking a risk.
When we tell people we how we want to live in the RV full time, we get pretty weird looks. Most people laugh and smile and some people give us the the ocasional “good luck with that” spill, they don't see it as a safe fundamental way to live or build a life. In fact, most people would say it's a step backwards from a home with a yard and all its furnishings to a mobile home with plywood walls and stick on flooring. It doesn't really shout success. But what is success? Is success a white picket fence? A 9-5 Job? Is success having the latest Iphone and driving the fastest car? Or is Success simply being happy with yourself and living in contentment with what you have?
My time in Costa Rica taught me this. The people that had nothing, from cardboard homes, dirt floors and really bad indoor plumbing were actually the happiest and the kindest. The people there were so much more noticeably happier than the people I knew here in the states. They didn't have that white picket fence but they did live Pura Vida. Which means pure life. Which reflects an attitude to live relaxed or laid back..the way of life..or happy. It's really a lifestyle they live to stay positive no matter what comes their way, always looking at the favor of the outcome. Although, Costa Rica is still a third world country they show success in attitude and living a lifestyle worth living.
I intend to keep Pura Vida in my heart, and choose to live in discomfort temporarily with the attitude of happy because, in the end, my success isn't a white picket fence; it's the memories and the friendships my husband and I will make along the way. And of course, the stamps in our passports. So as we think back to our surround sound system and plasma tvs, we say Pura Vida! Life goes on and we look forward to our next adventure! It’s a good thing we can probably take our whole house with us.
Much love, Ali V
Don’t be afraid to take risks