What brought me to LA?
My Stepsister registered for an acting camp in LA. She is not an experienced traveler and my father never experienced LA so, he decided to turn the task of dropping her off into an impromptu weekend trip. He also knows that I never experienced LA and I like to travel so, he offered to purchase an airline ticket for me to meet them there.
The Airport had me pissed!
Honestly, my first impression of LA wasn’t pleasant. Moments after my arrival I was ready to go back home. When I landed at LAX I received a text from my father saying that their flight was delayed. I pulled up his flight information to find out the ETA for their flight turned out I had 3hrs to kill.
I didn’t think the wait would be too bad, I’m military personnel so I decided I would just wait in the USO. A simple quest quickly turned into a DAUNTING TASK. I asked 4 different staff members how to get to the USO and they all pointed me in different directions. I never felt so lost/confused in an airport in all of my years of traveling. LAX has like 7 (or more) terminals, I landed at terminal 4. I had to get on a shuttle to terminal 2 and walk across the street to get there. It took me about an hour to finally figure it out. By the time I got there I was tired, frustrated, and Hangry. I must say once I was checked in, the hospitality was great.
I think LA is overrated…
I didn’t really feel the whole LA/Cali vibe while I was there. I’ll give this city the benefit of the doubt and blame it on the weather. For some reason it was unusually cool, the high was like 70 degrees the entire time I was there and the sun spent most of the time hiding. Why didn’t anyone tell me that the overly glorified walk of fame is unclean or that sidewalks smell like urine? At least I got my steps in for the day and I managed to capture a pretty nice shot of the infamous Hollywood sign.
I visited Venice Beach, it was cute. As I mentioned earlier, it was pretty cool out while I was there so I didn’t get to enjoy the ocean. Like any other boardwalk, there was a bunch of souvenir shops, bike/scooter rentals, ice cream shops, grub hubs, henna stands etc. What I enjoyed most was the sense of community. There was basketball, weightlifting, skateboarding, handball, tennis, street talent, and people marketing their music. I enjoyed every bit of it!
We drove through Beverly Hills, Sunset Ave., and walked around The Gove. Unfortunately, there wasn’t anything remarkable. We drove up into the hills near Sunset Ave., as far as we could go; the view of the houses was stimulating. I starred out the window in awe of the beautiful homes/architecture like a little kid.
It was hard to find places to eat there, I made jokes the entire time about how the people there must eat their clothes because there was mostly boutiques and clothing stores with only a few restaurants. The places we chose to eat, including the restaurant inside the hotel was undeniably good.
I hate to sound cliché but, the best part of this trip was spending time with my father and stepsister and experiencing LA for the first time with them.