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Cali or Bust!

Ok, to be fair, I took this photo in Florida. But "potayto, potahto," right?

So in just one week I am heading to California! I received a fellowship this fall at a research institution there. I am flying out to Cali a little early to meet Emily in Napa. As a dedicated wino, Napa has always been on my bucket list. Although, I'm afraid I am quite the Italian wine snob now (you can read my tips on tasting and drinking wine like a pro here).

After our long weekend in Napa, Emily heads back to New York and I head to Pasadena where I will be staying. I have only been to California once, and that was when I was nine to visit the San Diego Wild Animal Park. So, needless to say, I am excited to spend some quality time on the west coast.

Here is where you come in. If you are familiar with LA and the surrounding areas (it is my understanding I am not far from downtown LA), please share any tips and recommendations you have! While I will be dissertating away during the week, I really want to explore on the weekends.

Oh, and while Em and I have pretty much mapped out our Napa plans, feel free to send any recs for Napa too.

Happy Friday!
Ashley B
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  1. Yay- what an exciting move!! Best of luck out in Cali and have fun in Napa!! It's so fun following along with your travels!

  2. Cheers to time well spent at the Huntington.

    1. Thanks Kathleen, I love that you knew exactly where I was headed ;)

  3. 1. Muji store in Santa Monica
    2. Library Alehouse in Santa Monica
    3. Wurstkuche in Venice (
    4. Butter cake and prosecco at Mastro's in Malibu
    5. Santa Barbara, including wine tasting and the beautiful Old Mission Santa Barbara

    1. You had me at butter cake and prosecco! These sounds great, thank you!

  4. California still is one of the best places in the US that offers many tourist spots and activities!

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