The next morning, Brittany and I decided to go out and explore downtown Santa Cruz and The Wharf, which I had only seen at a distance the night before.
But before that, coffee. I’ll admit, I had a hankering for some Starbucks, but knowing that I can get anywhere, and also wanting to try a place which had already been highly recommended, we went to a place called The Verve. It did not disappoint. The inside was gorgeous. I loved all the wood and chrome and metal fixtures. I would definitely work from there at least once a week if I lived in Santa Cruz. Oh yeah, my mocha was good too.
We walked around downtown a bit. I wasn’t really in a shopping mood, which was just as well since I had a huge car expense waiting for me in Madera, so we just window shopped. Although, I did have Brittany hold my traitor coffee for a moment while I ducked into a Starbucks to see if they had any cards I didn’t have yet. Alas, they did not.
The best shop we stumbled upon was this comic store. I cannot just walk past a comic or toy store without going inside. And this place was amazing. It didn’t have the best toy selection but it had a really great selection of comics and manga. There was a whole Neil Gaiman section (Russell!), Pokemon manga (Eeveeeee), and a bunch of Studio Ghibli art books. They even had the art book of my favorite Studio Ghibli movie, The Secret World of Arrietty (also in my top 10 favorite movies ever). They also had Howl’s Moving Castle. Oh man, I even found The Hobbit which you would have spotted if you looked closely at the Pokemon photo. DID YOU?!?!
After leaving this amazing store, we made our way down to The Wharf, which, while fun, was a little underwhelming. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it was a little… dead. I made friends with some sea lions and a bird who kept flapping its wings at me. We even saw an adorable sea lion family sleeping together on the dock beneath us. Soooo cute.
We grabbed some lunch at a taqueria, which was really tasty. Seriously, they were some of the best tacos I’ve ever had. I wouldn’t have minded going back there again at some point, but… next time I suppose.
What else? Hmm. I think that was it. I ended up taking a nap that afternoon and then worked at a coffeeshop with Adam in the evening. Brittany made us a delicious dinner while we watched some more Black Mirror. A great evening, if I do say so.