Home of Hollywood and celebrities, there is an atmosphere of fame and fortune in the city of Los Angeles! Visiting LA back in November was my first time in America. Since then I have returned many times, however coming from the UK I was not expecting a massive difference between the two countries. Under the wing of Hanna, I was in safe hands and LA became a city close to my heart, a place I will always love. In this post, I will take you through my account of visiting LA for the very first time.
I always pictured America to be big and bold. The “American way of Life” seemed to be something from the movies. Landing in LAX, I was greeted with my beautiful Hanna holding a huge sign that read, “Welcome to U S and A” (Borat). Buzzing with excitement, I couldn’t wait to get this trip started. First and foremost though, I was in need for some food and after eating the terrible plane “food,” anything seemed like a treat. For my first American meal, Hanna took me to one of the California classics, IN-n-OUT Burger. Of course my first meal had to be an American staple. After a long flight I was extremely tired, so for I was glad to eat a decent meal after landing even though the jet lag was already starting to get to me.
Los Angeles is definitely one of those cities that you will either love or hate. At times, the city can be loud, dusty and hot! Getting from A to B can also be infuriating, not only because the traffic here is diabolical, but the people in LA ….. You can’t Drive! However, I I ended up loving the excitement that a city like Los Angeles brings; you’ll never really know what’s around the corner. It always feels like people are moving and the world around you is twisting and turning. The cliche city life at its fullest.
For the most part, the food in Los Angeles is pretty incredible. There are many influences from different cultures, and you are always faced with many choices. As with most big cities though, it ranges form a hole in the wall, to expensive premium restaurants. If you ever visit America be sure to find yourself an old fashioned diner. Never considered a healthy choice, but the the food will always be incredible. One of our favourite places in LA to go and eat is more on the pricey side, a restaurant called Catch. Notable for its seafood dishes, Hanna and I are always a sucker for some oysters. A must if you’re in the city.
Within Los Angeles, there are many things to see and do. There is the classic Hollywood sign perched in the Hollywood Hills and the iconic Hollywood Boulevard with the stars on the street. There are also a number of different beaches to explore. You can easily make your way down to Santa Monica, Venice, or Malibu along with several others. So if the weather is good, be sure to get that swimsuit on and catch some rays at the beach. One tip for those visiting for a weekend: Be sure to check out local events such as beer fest and sports games. We decided to hit the Los Angeles Beer Fest one weekend, notably after a night out this wasn’t a good idea, both of us a bit hungover. However, it didn’t take long before we started to enjoy every beer and grab as much free swag as we could.
Drinking in Los Angeles, can be fun and also daunting at the same time. If you manage to make friends it’s pretty easy to get into clubs and bars. But often the popular places either require a large group of girls, or getting in early. One of mine and Hanna’s favourite places to have a few beers is the famous bar Bungalow, in Santa Monica. Although prices can be a bit high, the atmosphere is great and day drinks can often turn into a night time of tequila and bad dance moves! Again, a must if you’re within Santa Monica the area.
Overall, I love the city with its busy lifestyle, along with the ability to escape it all at the beach. Most importantly though, if it wasn’t for Hanna, this trip wouldn’t have been nearly as incredible as it was. I owe her a lot, in more ways than one !