There are still some things I haven’t gotten quite used to since I moved to Santa Clarita.
The parking is still pretty much unbearable, but I will say that I parallel parked the other day all by myself without any assistance from neighbors and/or random people on the street. I’ve gotten better at the not getting lost part, I now get lost once a week instead of three.
But now I want to talk about the plus side about living in Southern California. One of the reasons I’ve gradually grown to love this place is the new adventures I get myself into.
Last weekend I had the chance to get away from the SCV and take a drive to LA to go somewhere I’ve never gone before. I’ve been trying to expand my horizons and immerse myself in the different cultures LA has to offer. So I hit the streets of Little Tokyo. I was completely amazed from beginning to end. You don’t see stuff like that in Turlock -- only if there’s a Japanese festival going on or some sort of a parade, which almost never happens.
But the fact that I have the opportunity to drive just a few miles and visit a new culture that is so different from mine -- it’s just the icing on the cake, if you ask me. I felt like I was in Japan, even though I’ve never been there before.
The people were extremely kind, welcoming and the fashion they exuberate is quite remarkable. There was one particular store inside LT that caught my attention, though. Inside “Fairy Tale Fashion Boutique” were girls dressed up and princess and anime characters. I felt like an anime princess being surrounded with these girls and guys. Yes, there were guys dressed up as princesses, with makeup and everything.
Before I called it a night, I grabbed some Korean food, which was another first time for me. Let’s just say I left the plate clean and wanted to grab seconds. I can’t wait for my next LA adventure.