This weekend on February 27th, I went to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA, which is infamous for its shopping. Though, the shopping experience is not what I took from this trip. I observed and noticed the atmosphere around me. It is a very busy and noisy place with constant flow of foot traffic, which is very typical for Los Angeles. After walking around all day, we decided to walk down to the beach. We made it just in time for the sunset, which was beautiful. It made me realize how lucky we are to live in Los Angeles. You can be in the suburbs and a mile away be in the center of busy city life, and then walk down the street and be at the beach. L.A. is so diverse, not only with its people but its geography. It has cities, valleys, beaches and mountains. It was amazing going from a noisy, crowded environment all day, to a quiet, empty beach where one can only hear the waves. The view was beautiful; seeing the sand and waves below the orange and purple sky and the mountains and Malibu in the distance.
People who are not from Los Angeles either love the idea of how busy it is, or hate it. I think it is wonderful that we have the best of both worlds here. The Third Street Promenade was not a bad type of noisy. It was an abundance of conversations and laughter and joy. On the flip side, the silent beach was not a bad type of silence either; it was a calm, relaxing and soothing environment. These two experiences showcased the versatility and well-balance of our city and its culture.