San Francisco, Part 1

In April, I traveled to California to be with my family and boyfriend. I recently blogged about my visit to Los Angeles (City of Angels, Part 1 & City of Angels, Part 2 & City of Angels, Part 3) , but I’m finally getting around in posting about the Bay Area.

San Francisco has a special place in my heart. Here’s what I captured during my stay (more to come).

Greetings from RVA

It’s always nice to escape DC for the day, especially when friends come together for an adventure. We all went on a road trip to Richmond on Sunday, where we explored a few of my favorites in the city.

  • Belle Isle – Scenic and historic park that is perfect for easy hiking and kayaking
  • Proper Pie – Need I say more? I got a slice of coconut cream pie and a cup of coffee
  • Carytown – Quriky neighborhood that is aligned with restaurants, cafes, boutique shops, and bars
  • Street Art – Richmond is home to over 100 murals around the city. You won’t get tired of how vibrant and fun this city flaunts itself on the street

Got any more suggestions? I would love to read your favorite spots in Richmond, VA!

Seoul, Part 2

If you missed Seoul, Part 1 – it’s right here for you.

To my surprise, Seoul has a large art scene. Everywhere I explored, I wanted to pop into an art museum or I was immediately taken back by some of the incredible graffiti and murals. Not only is it visual art, the music scene plays a big part for the Seoul population. K (Korean) – Pop music is especially a huge sensation for the younger crowd. Every weekend, Hongdae is the place to be if you want to perform or watch singers or dancers shine.

Seen in the photo(s): National Museum of Contemporary Art,  Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, North Seoul Tower

Post Election

Not sure what the artist was trying to portray in this mural, but my interpretation connects very well with today. The loose stream of colors and patterns almost seem so intricate, but they come together to meet as they are one. With the result of this presidential election, I hope we can carry on and remember that we are a nation of many colors and backgrounds who aims to achieve and welcome the American dream for everybody. We must continue to fight injustice with peaceful arms, welcome opportunities through hard work, open to differences for a richer culture in the country we have build to become so diverse and colorful. This is the America I envision and will exist to preserve.

Rhode Island Ave

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On Saturday, my roommate and I went on an adventure to find cool hidden spots in the DMV area. This cool hidden spot is called Rhode Island Ave. It’s on the red line towards Silver Spring, and artwork is aligned all around the Big Lots parking lot. Since I love art and this city, it was exciting to find that the DMV area has a good amount of artwork when you get the chance to explore and search for it. We both went to Richmond, VA last summer to check out the murals there, and coming to Rhode Island Ave gave us the opportunity to get that cool art scene closer to us in DC.

From the photographs I took, you can observe the political/social issues that are addressed in the artwork. It’s amazing to see how influential art can be when it expresses a political or social issue. In this case, I think the murals here were trying to deliver a message that would hopefully make people understand these kinds of issues and why it’s important to be aware.