Free events, field trips, and the start of SPRING BREAK! February-mid-March, 2012

Published: April 22nd 2012EDIT THIS ENTRY

Well the good news is that I'm done with classes! And the exciting news is that I'm going to China this summer!! But I have a lot of catching up to do if I'm going to get the rest of this semester up here before I depart for Beijing.

Today's pictures take us on two field trips, through MANY free events (most of which were part of grad student appreciation week) and into Spring Break. My next post will be the main event of my spring break - a trip to Utah! But for now enjoy these great photos and memories.


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Downtown LA from the LA Civic CenterDowntown LA from the LA Civic Center
Downtown LA from the LA Civic Center

We went on a field trip to downtown LA. Stop 1 was the Civic Center which has fantastic views of downtown. And it was a super clear day!
Looking over East LALooking over East LA
Looking over East LA

You can see the bridge over the river
The BradburyThe Bradbury
The Bradbury

it's in the movie blade runner
View of downtown from HollywoodView of downtown from Hollywood
View of downtown from Hollywood

So then we went on a different field trip to Hollywood where we got to go on the roof of the exclusive W Hotel
Pure LAPure LA
Pure LA

Loungin on the rooftop pool
On the bus!On the bus!
On the bus!

One of the great things about USC is all the free crap we get. This was a free trip to a winery in downtown LA. It included free lunch and free wine. Lena, Dafne and Kiera are clearly all excited.
Super expensive wineSuper expensive wine
Super expensive wine

HOLY @#()$%^(*@#$
At the wine tastingAt the wine tasting
At the wine tasting

With our new friends at the wine tasting counter
Tommy and TravelerTommy and Traveler
Tommy and Traveler

I don't know why, but our official mascot (Traveler the horse) and our unofficial mascot (Tommy Trojan) were out and about this one Saturday morning
Historic Broadway TourHistoric Broadway Tour
Historic Broadway Tour

Yet another free USC event - a tour of downtown's historic Broadway. Beautiful architecture and strange new uses are definitely the mark of this street!
A lady awaitsA lady awaits
A lady awaits

She lives in one of the theatres

So this is an interesting story. Broadway was at its peak during the early days of movies. The street was jam packed with these glamorous theatres. However, with time, less and less people went to the theares and, since they were designed for movies, they didn't have a stage and couldn't be used for anything else. So what's happened is stores have been built in the former lobbies and the former theatre areas are now for storage. This was really depressing to see.

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