One of my favorite things to do growing up in NYC was exploring all the nooks and crannies of my own and surrounding neighborhoods. It was fun to find those hidden bookstores and hole-in-the-wall restaurants. In a city as large as LA it can be overwhelming to even pick a neighborhood to explore because of the sheer magnitude of them. So every Wednesday, my day off from work and school, I have made it my mission to explore a new part of the city. I’ve walked on the beach in Santa Monica, window shopped along Melrose, eaten my way through DTLA, coffee-d it up in Silverlake and even made the trek to Pasadena just to scope it out. With such a huge city, there are so many treasures to find with a drive down an unassuming street. It’s really hard to learn a new place but when you find those hidden gems that you discover on your own — as you wander when you might be lost — LA can start to feel a little more familiar and a little more like a home — for a few months at least.