I'm just getting back from a little getaway to LA with my crew, who I've dubbed my "Sex in the City" crew, because these are the people I choose to have all of my weird conversations and group getaways with. Anyways, I loved my stay out there, but it was also my 1st non-layover trip to Cali, and were a few things that I was surprised about. I figured I may as well share with anyone else who's never been either!
1. Things Are Actually Priced Fairly - I was actually expecting to come back broke, and hand my landlord an IOU, but I actually made it out of there OK! LOL. It was pretty easy to find local restaurants to give me my omlettes, toast and potatoes at an easy $10, and lunch around $15-20ish. We had one overpriced meal at Santa Monica, but there is always one, lol. Overall, me and my wallet were pretty happy.
2. Downtown is Actually Not Where Its At - So we decided to book a hotel in downtown LA for a couple of nights, then move over to Santa Monica, and hold on to a rental car to get us around. In most cities, staying downtown puts you in the middle of everything right?..................but not LA, lol. It literally was desert-ish on some days, and there were not many hot spots in the area. Luckily, it only takes about 30ish minutes with traffic to get to Hollywood by car so we still had a good time.
3. Traffic is Bad, but Everything is Like 2 Miles Apart, so You'll Be Alright - We all hear about LA traffic, and yea its bad. I may be biased being that I shuffle between two other traffic ridden places (NY & DC) but it really wasn't quite that deep, mostly because Hollywood/Santa Monica/Downtown LA are not that far from each other. I still don't think it took us more than 35 minutes to get anywhere, which is a dream in the DMV/NY Tri-State, lol.
4. There is Literally Nothing In Hollywood Hills/Beverly Hills But Celebrities - I'm not really big on sight seeing and being touristy, so usually on these trips I let other people book that aspect, pay my part and get in the car really with no expectations. However, the Hollywood tour was by far the most interesting tour I've ever taken in my life - I'll just call it that. We called it the stalk-a-celebrity tour, lol. We went to every celebrity in the area's house and sat outside taking pictures......and then the tour was over. There were only a few celebrities who I guess don't respect their privacy and even had any parts of their homes visible, which made the tour even more.....interesting, lets say. Granted, celebrities are exciting, but I just still find it amazing that there's really nothing else interesting in the area.
5. You Have to Know Someone In Order to Do Anything Night Life Related - On Friday night, we went to a salsa club downtown just for about an hour, and on Saturday hit Supperclub.....which btw is everything people hype it up to be. We probably would have never gotten in though if it weren't for a random stranger who decided to tell the bouncers that we were part of his crew and let us past the mob. The party was great, there were acrobatic dancers delivering drinks from the ceiling, confetti falling, cold smoke blowing and free multicolored glow sticks. And no cover. Craziness! We left early because my friend's phone had a fatal encounter with some girl's shoe, but it was amazing while it lasted. But I do think that getting past door was a bit crazy for a place that attracts tourists. The next night, we attempted to get into Greystone, but these people wanted $40, and literally were only letting their friends in. And we were cute! *swishes hair*. I can't understand the point of having a club in the middle of a tourist location but only partying with your friends every weekend. SMH. Anyways, we waited all of 7 minutes, then decided to redirect our efforts to the W Hotel and their live music (never fails in any city).
A bunch of other random favorite photos from my trip are below. Enjoy!