Its interesting… after having moved five times in the last five years (granted it was sometimes a few times in the same town). It has pretty much come to my attention, that it always takes me at least half a year to a year to get my bearings and really explore the neighboring towns.
I suppose its one of those situations where, when you first move into an area, you check-out all the places of interest. However, since you're not familiar with anything, everything seems further than it actually is. You get inundated with life's daily chores and boom the next thing you know a year and some change has past.
Funny thing is, its usually just when I get comfortable with the town I go out to explore... we move, but more of that on a later date. So now, that being said, during the holiday break we visited and explored a little neighboring town called Los Altos, CA quite a bit.
Its a unique little place with more mom and pop stores. Over heard a little history behind it. Apparently 'certain' people from Google… bought a lot of land or homes in the town and have a strong voice in township to keep these smaller shops in place over the commercial conglomerates. Ironic no?
Any who, I love this, it makes for a quaint, very unique experience in this town. I had the pleasure of purchasing my first typewriter in this town. Oh… yes it is a Valentine Olivetti, a piece I've had my eye on since design history 101. This town just have such lovely little stores. We found a couple of hobby stores, one for the boys, building lego cars, racing them, making model cars etc. and the one of course, for the gals called The Makery.
The store had such colorful displays it just makes a person 'want' things ha. We found out they had a lovely daughter and mommy sewing class for 8+ the following Sunday so decided to sign up! Our micro adventure into the town afforded us this wonderful opportunity to experience something both of us had been wanting to do for a long time.
Adventures… even these little ones to your neighboring town is so worth it. Discovering new places, opportunities, experience with your friends and family… I loved my micro adventures to this town. I got to sew with my little one, which by-the-way I'm so proud of haha. I haven't sewn in more than 2 decades so when our joint effort tote came out, both Amelie and I were quite impressed!
So here is to the hidden treasures and experiences that are waiting out there for you. Have a happy micro-adventure!