|Main St USA (El Segundo, CA)|
Meet me in El Segundo? El Segundo, I know where it is but why would I go there? Suggested by a very hip and cultural poet friend, I was intrigued. Although I had lived in the megalopolis my whole life, I had never been there. But taking the hint, I said yes. Located a half hour south of my home just past the airport, El Segundo is a small city with the reputation of having a small town feel. These days Angelenos carve out areas of activity due to spirit numbing traffic issues. Certain areas, perhaps no more than ten miles away, can have such an aura of distance that it feels like you need a passport to go there. I broke the mold this day, turn left , turn left again and suddenly I was off the freeway and in middle America, sampling the local vibe. Main St is about three blocks long, with the high school at one end and the city hall at the other. In between on the pedestrian friendly street are all manner of local shops from cleaners to beer bar to yoga studio. I passed two other local cafes before settling on the Blue Butterfly Coffee Lounge. It has great outdoor seating and comfortable couches. I decided to eat there because almost immediately a couple of police sat down next to me. My spirits had lifted in a ten mile drive as much as a four hour flight to HI. Something new and at the same time comfortable!
|Coffee in Kaimuki, HNL|
Maybe your thing is spas. Every neighborhood has a spa these days. It is easy to walk around a new neighborhood and get a facial. Major point: Walk around. Get on the ground and see life as it unfolds. Our two ton traveling homes often are an impermeable barrier between our souls and life. Connecting with a place is connecting with its life. Perhaps you’re into famers’ markets, most towns now have a weekly organic produce market. Instead of thinking it is out of your parameters, consider it an opportunity discover that area. Too much of the same old, same old is deadening.
|Blue Butterfly on Main St, El Segundo, CA|