Monday, 24 August 2015

arriving in California

(flying over London, before catching my flight to LA)

Palm trees, white sand, sunshine, lifeguards, salty wind and seagulls screaming in the distance can't believe I'm in California! 

After 12 hours of flight I arrived safe and sound at LAX. This was my first time ever flying completely on my own with no one else to rely on (and guess what I made it!). It was dark by the time I landed, getting in the sketchiest taxi I've ever been in, So thankful I made it to the right hostel from now on I'm only using Uber to get a ride. 
The hostel I stayed at was located on 2nd street which meant that it was only one block from the beach ( HI-Los Angeles, Santa Monica Hostel).  Never having stayed at a hostel before I was pleasantly surprised by the standard, with complimentary breakfast, several rooms you could hangout in with various games even an outdoor area.I stayed in a 6 bed all female dorm room with some lovely girls.
My first night in Santa Monica was spent with some the same girls I was sharing a dorm with (so nice of them to show me around) we set out on a mission to find chocolate gelato, after walking up and down  2nd and 3rd street for about an hour with no sign of gelato we had to admit our defeat and returning to the hostel empty handed. It wasn't all a waste though, I got a pretty good recommendation on a juice bar near the hostel, all organic and freshly made (can't get more cali than that?)

The last day before I was meeting up with the group I was gonna be traveling with (more on that in a later post) I wanted to walk  from Santa Monica to Venice beach..all along the board walk you'll see people working out doing sports. Suddenly you smell it.. the incense (probably weed) and you spot the hippies, you know you've hit Venice beach. Along the Venice there are artist of all kinds, fortune tellers, and palm readers. People in costume..the perfect spot if you like people watching like me!
It was nice walk except for getting a light sunburn and weird tan lines on my legs. You can obviously take the bus or rent a bike to Venice but walking just seem like the better option it only took 45 minutes anyways.

What I like about Santa Monica is the lifestyle, laid-back urban living. Beach as far as the eye can see, the weather is perfect. Definitely my favorite area in Los Angeles, I never felt unsafe the entire time I was there. Even when I was walking by myself which is a bit of a concern when traveling alone (in my opinion).

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