1/24/2017

County of Los Angeles, California

California, USA


I had previously mentioned that I have recently visited San Diego, well that was the first part of my journey. In the second part I visited the County of Los Angeles - over 2 days. This one was a tad bit confusing as the movies would have you believe that Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica are in the city of LA. When really the City of Los Angeles, City of Beverly Hills, and City of Santa Monica are in the county of Los Angeles. Upon learning these demarcations, I only wish I had more time to see the cities properly.

City of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills

I got the Amtrak ($37 for a single ticket) from San Diego Santa Fe to Union station, Los Angeles. It was a 3 hour journey, but it felt like a few minutes and it was worth it as the views from the train were wonderful. I stayed in a hotel in China Town, not really knowing that it was in Downtown Los Angeles itself.
We actually learnt that Downtown Los Angeles was more of a financial hub with a huge business presence, which would be exciting to some people I am sure. Though to me, I did not find much interest in it at all.

Nevertheless, we ended up going to West Hollywood in the evening for dinner, at Saddle Ranch Chop House, which was wonderful. Then visited a few bars in the Sunset Strip (LA) and found ourselves in Sierra Drive (Beverly Hills). Needless to say, I couldn't take my DSRL with me. Though we had a brilliant time and managed to spam Snapchat for a few hours.

The following Day, we got lost trying to walk from China town to some touristy place in LA. Eventually though we found ourselves in Hollywood Blvd, where we managed to get day tickets ($44 each) for the sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour bus. In a happy coincidence we had to get the bus from the street with the Hollywood walk of fame. So I obviously had to walk up and down the street taking pictures of stars as I was so elated by the whole experience. The only sort of con of the Hollywood walk of fame, was that there were a lot of people trying to forcefully peddle their music. Even if you politely refused - some of those people would mutter a few insults under their breath. Other than that - there were also some great celebrity lookalikes, and the weather was even warmer than San Diego.

We got to see places like the directors glide, many studios (e.g. fox studios), celebrity agencies, and celebrity shopping centres.

Beverly Hills is actually so beautiful and worth the visit with a tour guide. Because the amount of information I learned from the tour bus made me appreciate the place more. For example which first celebrities made Beverly Hills famous; how it was the party Central during the 1920 prohibition; which chicken shop Brad Pitt worked at before becoming famous; which hotels and restaurants the celebrities frequented and much much more!










 

City of Santa Monica

Such a beautiful city, with plenty of eateries and bars. Including the beach that BAYWATCH was filmed on. Along with many other great movies. Santa Monica pier was also lovely. Though out of all the places in California I visited - the people in Santa Monica were rather intolerant of tourists which was odd.

On my way back to LA from Santa Monica, we got stuck in Bel Air traffic for two hours but luckily I got to some amazing inspirationally houses.


The whole trip gave me inspiration and motivation to work hard so I could go back.

1/01/2017

Happy New Year!



I am thankful that my 2016 was not all bad. All the hardships aside, I am thankful that I went to Ibiza and California, finished postgraduate studies and met someone special. I can not say the same for the wider world though, what with brexit to Trump winning to terrorist attacks. Nonetheless, I am hoping that 2017 will be an even better year for myself and for the wider society.

In 2017 I would like  to achieve to following goals (no particular order):

🔆 Move house 🔆

🔆 Visit 3 different countries that I have not visited before (i.e. not America, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, Spain, France, Netherlands, Greece, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Cyprus)  🔆

🔆 Get a Job 🔆

🔆 Publish monthly posts 🔆

🔆 Read 16 books in honour of my baby sister turning 16 and finishing school this year 🔆

🔆 Complete a short photography course 🔆

🔆 Exercise more 🔆

🔆 Create a Photography Portfolio 🔆

🔆 Grow my Instagram to 1,000 followers 🔆 

🔆 Learn intermediate computer programming 🔆

🔆 Do something adventurous (e.g. dragon boat racing, hiking)...nothing at height though 🔆

🔆 Learn how to bake wedding cakes 🔆


Do you have any goals set for this year?



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