I met Lidi several years ago. We instantly clicked over our interests. We are both Asian American women with a strong interest in photography and food. The thing is – Lidi and I have never met in real life. Lidi lives in Massachusetts and I live in California.  A majority of our conversations happened over Facebook and occasional on Google+ hangout. We’ve always talked about meeting some day but it was uncertain when that day would come.

One thing lead to another, Lidi was on her way to Southern California for a relative’s wedding. Miraculously, we found a way of meeting up (thanks to Emilee). I planned an afternoon trip into the heart of Los Angeles. I am terrified of driving in Los Angeles. The unprotected left turns during peak hours, impatient drivers, parallel parking, mind-numbing traffic at random hours of the day, and lack of familiarity scare me.

I found the courage (somewhere in my back pocket) and drove us into DTLA. Luckily, there was very little traffic in the afternoon. We enjoyed lunch at Urth Caffe and spent the rest of the afternoon exploring Los Angeles through our camera lens. It was a  nice treat to stroll the streets without feeling rushed and bothered by crowds. I hope to have another blog entitled, “When Los Angeles Meets Boston” because Lidi describes Boston as a city worth visiting. (Boston Marathon anyone?)

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