MY WEEK IN PHOTOS: MAY 8–14, 2017!

Preparing for my visit to Texas for a work trip, the journey and experience of El Paso, celebrating Mother’s Day Weekend, and exploring San Pedro.

Enjoy!

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Good morning! Spending this week preparing for an upcoming work trip to El Paso, Texas.

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Ran around figuring out a mic situation.

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Monday night taco team celebration!

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Celebrating the launch of a project (that actually launched uh…2 months ago?)

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Morn!

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Fried chicken salad ahah my favorite salad that’s just like buffalo chicken nuggets on a some lettuce.

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Leaving the Getty around 6 to have some dinner before returning to shoot the Getty at night.

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Bibigo!

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Quick stop by the candy shop

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All set up to shoot the lights that were on the Getty up on the hill. Los Angeles monuments were lit up because the Olympic committee was in town driving through the city.

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Leaving for El Paso today, so spent the morning packing and preparing to leave.

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Mix of leftovers and some spicy rice cakes cooked pan “fried”

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Ready to go!

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Checking in the tripod case

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My boss recommended this book to me, been reading about nonviolent communication.

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One of those rare instances where the seats were 2 to a row, bigger and comfier, and nobody was sitting next to me. I guess there aren’t many direct flights to El Paso from LAX, so they are little commuter planes that go in the morning and evening.

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Sunset takeoff

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The flight was about 2 hours, I landed around 9pm.

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Horse sculptures in the airport

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Got to my hotel and prepped my equipment

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The Tap! I can’t resist a dive bar with a neon sign.

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It was a Wednesday night and unfortunately the kitchen was closed. But I did get to order some nachos, that was the only thing available.

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The nachos were seriously 6 GIANT chips, basically half a corn tortilla each. I couldn’t finish!

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Calendar stone

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The free breakfast at the hotel

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Good morning! Packed up my equipment

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Ready to roll

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The drive to my destination, a view of Juarez across from the highway.

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Here to interview artist and illustrator Zeke Pena, check out his Instagram. He’s super interesting, talented, and it was a pleasured to interview him about a project he’s currently collaborating on with the Getty.

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After our interview and b-roll filming, he was kind of enough to drive me around El Paso. This mural is by Los Dos, a tribute to the border community between El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. The cities are connected in work, economy, family. Zeke was kind enough to share his experience of the community divided by a river, then a national border, and now a border wall.Screen Shot 2017-05-23 at 9.21.38 AM.png
I’m a dumb American, and I wasn’t really aware of how close El Paso is to the Mexican border. I would have brought my passport, to have lunch in Juarez, but unfortunately I didn’t have it with me.

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Geographically, El Paso and Juarez are pretty isolated. You have to drive a while into Mexico or into New Mexico or into Texas to reach the next major city. They are connected in many ways that I didn’t really understand before seeing just how close the cities are.

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Zeke makes a lot of work about the border community, and I was curious to see the border itself. As an American, we hear a lot about “BUILD A WALL” and “THE BORDER IS LEAKING” or whatever rhetoric. To me the border felt kind of abstract. Like a random line that was decided once and determines clearly two places. Pretty naive, I know.

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But here in El Paso, the border has a physicality. It has a river, that was once natural and then turned into a man-made concrete one to make it harder for the river divide to change and shift the border. The border has plants and people and houses and even neighborhoods that are historic to the Mexican Revolution and now are significant places for immigrants. Holding facilities, temporary housing, migrant worker gathering places, etc. More on the historic Chihuahuita and El Segundo Barrio.
And the border already has a wall, partially funded by George W. Bush and then continued to be funded by Barack Obama.

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A view from up by the University. Juarez in the distance, beyond the river.

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Pano by Zach

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Cabrillo Beach had some piles of rocks…which means…seaglass! We did some hunting and found the most seaglass I’ve ever seen.

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We only spent about 20 minutes there. I’d come back. Nearby is the Frank Gehry designed aquarium.

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Celebrating mother’s day with some oysters

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Yum, fish!

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Walked around the little wharf area

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Got to come back to the San Pedro Fish Market for shrimp and potatoes.

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Cute!

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The next day I got dimsum with my parents and family friends.

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Went afterwards with Colee to get some floral coffee drinks

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Bia Coffee, we got the lavendar and rose lattes

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Delicious!

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Stopped by Amoeba

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Now that X-Files is off Netflix (WAHH) I’m on the hunt for the used DVDs

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Colee got some jazz records

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Store pug!

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Home!

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Their favorite sun spot

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Spent some time with my parents, working on a puzzle I started at Christmas.

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CAR WASH FINALLY

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Relief

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My favorite cheap and lazy lunch

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Snake’s birthday. Playing the snowboard version of Tony Hawk. Selina so cute how close she holds the controller to her person.

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Cranium in action

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Happy B-day, Jake

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Literally only wanna paint axolotls until I perfect them and love them all.

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The day I decided on my homepage theme

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Mother’s Day Card

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Breakfast socks

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Mother’s Day celebration at my cousin’s

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BBQ

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Bibi

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Piano duet

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I fit (barely) into their Cinderella dress

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I’m a short Princess

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Pasadena

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Stick shift driving lesson by the Rose Bowl

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I’ll end the week with this photo of Downtown LA.

What a busy week! *Whew*

Much love friends.34549260291_84743e5866_k.jpg

Posted by:sarahwaldo

By day I'm a content producer at an arts org in Los Angeles, by night I am the overly apologetic brain and face of sleepywaldo.blog

12 replies on “MY WEEK IN PHOTOS: MAY 8–14, 2017!

  1. I love how we get these weekly photos almost everyday, it’s such a treat for me XD

    Love how close you are to your cousins, 🙂

    and yes zach reminds me of your dad too! Hahaha

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    1. Sadly, I’m close to being caught up so I’ll slow down on the weekly posts for a little. Need to figure out some other goodies to post more frequently.

      Is it the running shorts?!?!? I swear he’s very different to my dad ahah.

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    1. It was important for me to see the border as a thing and not abstracted, but yeah…I felt pretty ignorant that I wasn’t aware pieces of the border wall already exist and communities every day have to look at that thing and know sometimes that parts of families are on the other side </3.

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