Taking public transportation here is not as common as in Argentina; everybody seems to have a car in California! I'm not willing to wait until I get my driver's licence, so I'd rather rely on public transportation until I get there. So far, living here has not been so difficult except for the fact that I don't feel independent. I'm not used to depending on others to this extent. Right now, I don't have a job (or money, naturally), I don't drive, I don't know the place well enough, I don't have friends or family here; I only have David. Trust me, he's more than I could have ever asked for; I'd move wherever just to have the chance to be with him, but the truth is that I have to start "building" (not sure this is the right word here) my own life.
That's why I feel I accomplished something good yesterday. Now I feel more confident about getting by on my own. Thank you public transportation and GPS for being in this world! I'm so glad David taught me how to use Google maps on my phone :D.
I took the 65 bus to Monte Vista and Moreno and walked all the way to where the cute stores and cafes are located. I was going to take another bus, but I decided to walk. It took me about 25 minutes, I'd say. If you haven't been there before, I totally recommend it. There are lots of universities and indie stores.
There are also a vast number of green spaces and squares provided with benches and tables. I saw many people eating snacks and reading.
Some of the cafes have a sign on the wall which state how long they have been there. Most of them opened in the 1950's.
I didn't have time to check all the little stores, but will definitely do the next time I go. There are many cute clothing and gift stores as well as restaurants.
This is the record store where I bought David a cheesy Valentine's gift. He'd said he liked a Star Wars lunchbox the day before and I had just enough to buy it.
Before heading back home, I sat down in a nice diner and ate some ice cream, yum!
I chose a more direct and closer way to get to a different bus stop back home, but it turned out not to be such a good idea; there was no one there and it was not a nice area. On top of that, the 65 bus was taking forever to arrive, so I jumped onto the 68 believing that was the other bus that drove to Ontario ... bad news; after having taken the bus and talked to David on the phone, I realized I was wrong! I got off the bus at Ramona and Holt and walked all the way to Holt and Central to take the 65. I don't know what I'd have done if I hadn't had the map in my phone!
I got home way later than I had expected, so I didn't have time to cook David's lunch for today to put it in the lunchbox before giving the present to him :(. Nevertheless, we had a wonderful night; we drove back to Claremont, haha, to have dinner in a nice Mexican restaurant.
We ate a lot! The food was great and abundant, so I have leftovers for today's lunch :p.
It was a great day! Hope you had a nice Valentine's Day, too!