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Melanie and Jesse live in Orange County. Both moved to California less than a year ago This is the first time they go to L.A. to see what the city has for offer to art lovers.

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The traffic wasn’t an issue. Sundays are a good day to take the 405 Freeway.

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Finally at the museum, the first thing they did is to take a picture by the “Urban Lights.” This artwork by Chris Burden has been in the big screen a couple of times. One of the most popular movies where people can see this palm tree high pole lights is called “No Strings Attached.”

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The movie is a comedy about a lifelong friendship. Like most American comedy-romantic movies, the protagonists end up together.

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Melanie had been looking forward to visit L.A.C.M.A. since she watched the movie.

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Even thought Melanie and Jesse are very different, they both enjoy art. They like staring at paintings with small details.

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Melanie is from Brazil. She loves sweets, dancing, talking and caipirinhas. She is a little clueless and that is what makes her stand out from girls her age.

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Jesse is from Costa Rica. He loves math, sea food, surf and listening to Ricardo Arjona. He is passioned about finding a meaning to everything. He said there is only one pole light between the Urban Lights that does not have a light and the reason why it’s light is not on is because it represents the few people who can’t show their lights because they are intimidated by people around them.

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Melanie and Jesse just met a couple of days ago, but it seems like they know each other for a long time.

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So this is how their friendship started. Hopefully one without an end.