Hey everyone!

This week I’m going to tell you all about one of my favorite places to go in the LA area – Santa Monica.  It’s a really different feel from DTLA/the area around campus, so I like to go there every now and then for something different.  I went there yesterday with my roommate for brunch, shopping, and a movie.  I also was doing a little scouting, since I’ll be living and working there in just a few months!

First, we went to look at The Water Garden, which is the office complex in Santa Monica where the Amazon offices are.  The Water Garden is a bunch of office buildings with a really pretty lake in the center.  Lots of tech and entertainment companies, including Naughty Dog and CBS Television, also have offices there.  There’s a lot of outdoor space to enjoy outside the offices, so I can’t wait to work there!

My future office!

Then, we stopped for brunch at the Blue Daisy Cafe on Broadway.  It had really good healthy food – I got scrambled eggs with avocado, spinach, and sundried tomatoes, with some zucchini hashbrowns.  I also really enjoyed the neighborhood it’s in.  It’s a short walk to the beach, shopping, and lots of restaurants.

Zucchini hashbrowns from the Blue Daisy.

Finally, we went for some shopping and a movie at the 3rd Street Promenade. There is a wide variety of stores within walking distance and an Arclight Cinemas for movies.

View of the 3rd Street Promenade from above.

Santa Monica is one of my favorite places to get away and spend a day, and not just for the beach.  It’s going to be a lot of fun to live there next year!

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