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Venice

After spending a semester in Chicago, I decided to transfer to Otis College of Art and Design and move to Venice Beach.

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I love having a place to myself, where I have complete freedom to create an environment that reflects my evolving style.

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I have stacks of books at the foot of my bed.

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r.i.p. to my jellyfish skateboard.

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I love the view from my balcony. I always open up my doors to the sea air and burn incense. The smell of incense and the ocean makes me feel at peace.

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My desk is my workspace, but it often gets cluttered with various things that I collect that inspire me.

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I love peonies, but I usually only have one at a time.

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It is a pretty mess.

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My favorite thing to do is skate through the alley street with friends, but most of the time I cruise by myself. My favorite thing about longboarding is how free I feel; I feel like a kid again and completely let go. I always skate to the boardwalk and scare the tourists by going fast and weaving through the crowds of people.

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I love visiting the Venice Love Shack.

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If you are lucky, you might get to listen to a sitar player.

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And art is everywhere.

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One of my neighbors has a parrot.

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We quickly became good friends.

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What I love about Venice Beach is all of the random people that one meets and funny situations one can get themselves into: hanging out with homeless people, going to music circles, making music with a shaman. There is always crazy stuff going on at the boardwalk.

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My favorite place to eat is Poke Poke at the boardwalk. Get the Aloha sauce and add seaweed and be prepared for a long line.

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“I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion…If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.” Henry David Thoreau

One of my favorite little shops is the General Store on Lincoln. They have really cool vintage books.

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I love looking for vintage clothes at The Blackfoot on Abbot Kinney.

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But most of all, my favorite thing about Venice is the beautiful sunsets. I love getting to say goodbye to the sun each night.

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