Jun 182013
 

After 8 days in Los Angeles, I was ready to move to my next destination. Staying in Hollywood, I was right in the thick of the action – metres away from Hollywood Boulevard.  Walking along this famous strip, I quickly learned it is a huge tourist trap whilst I avoided tripping over every 2nd person getting their photo taken next to one of the stars on the footpath and dodging the multiple tour operators and emerging rap artists trying to sell their demo.  It was kinda like Bourke St on steroids.

LA is full on. It’s fast, often pretentious and diverse. It has multiple scenes and I understand why it appeals to so many.  But for me, I guess its not my cup of tea.

My LA highlights include:

1. Venice Beach / Santa Monica – Venice is the USA’ number 1 tourist attraction (I would have thought Disneyland personally). The beach is awesome and the walk between Venice and Santa Monica is a must. I was so excited to see Muscle Beach but it was practically empty when I was there 🙁

Cupcake???

Cupcake???

2. LA Farmers Market has some great food and produce. I had some quality eats and then walked it off around The Grove which has some great stores. I then checked out some of my all time fav’s such as Undefeated and Supreme

3. The Griffith Observatory has some great views of LA and if you like science you would definitely want to visit this place and even catch one of the shows they have.

4. Food. Really this should be number one. One of the guys working at the hostel I stayed at recommended an awesome place called Tendergreens. This concept would absolutely kill it in Australia, kind of like a custom salad/vegetable bar with ethical protein sources and brilliant soups amongst so much other daily specials. Korean BBQ in K-Town was off the hook, late night Tacos from various food trucks, California’s famous In and Out Burgers and quality coffee. I could write a whole post on food. By the way, most of the food I’m eating is featured on my Instagram Page for which I have also created a direct feed on my website.

5. Venturing down to Crenshaw a couple of times was brilliant. Some of the rides I saw were crazy and it was definitely the ‘real deal’ in terms of getting a feel for what LA is really like. I spoke to a few people and really just hung out. First time I saw fast food chains with bullet proof glass protecting the staff – more security than most banks in Australia.

I felt guilty for not really doing anything on most tourist itineraries like Universal Studios, Disneyland, Six Flags etc – but this trip is less about that and more about trying to get a feel for the culture.

Bushwick Bill

Bushwick Bill

Finally, on my way out of LA I popped back down to see the Geto Boys live at The Observatory in Santa Ana. They didn’t disappoint putting on a great show for all the real hip hop fans.  I stayed with a great couple, Phylline and James whom I found via AirBnB.  They were awesome and gave me some great local advice and took me out to dinner which was brilliant. The train out of Santa Ana to San Diego was also spectacular, with most of the 2 hour journey along pristine coastline – I really wanted to jump off and have a surf.

So now, I’m in San Diego. Moving forward I think I’ll need to do a few more regular blog posts to cut down on the length – if you have made it this far I give you some big props!

Peace out.

 

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      8 Responses to “LA Wrap Up”

    1. No theme parks??? Oh well -- suppose you can go to some in Florida?

      • Kam Daoud!!! Welcome.

        I was so close to Disneyland yesterday where I stayed to see the concert -- only about 15 mins drive (Disneyland is a fair way out of LA). The main attraction for adults is really the night shows which are meant to be amazing. But you really need to allocate a full day at least and I wasn’t in the mood for massive queues for every ride and so forth. I am probably going to check out Six Flags on my way back up to San Francisco, apparently that is the roller coaster capital of the world and there are some crazy rides there. Give the girls a big kiss from Uncle Sy.

    2. Good Stuff dude. Sounds like we have the same outlook on LA. Sounds like you hit up all the main attractions too. Enjoy San Diego. Wish I was there to be your tour guide!

      • Thanks buddy, yeah I think we do!!! Less than 24 hours in SD and I’m loving this place already. People are seriously cool here and yes fish taco’s are the shit!

    3. Love reading your blog mate. Sounds like your having a good time. 2 weeks to go and I’ll be leaving.

      • Thanks buddy, glad you enjoy it. Not long to go now for you, I have met so many people that have been in vegas recently. It is blistering hot their right now, you have gonna defrost from Melbourne winter real fast!!!

        • Haha..I can’t wait. I’m hearing the clubs in Vegas are insane. Any recommendations when I’m in LA? Attractions, good shopping? I’m staying in Beverly Hills..just round the corner from Rodeo Drive

          • Man is that a loaded question or what, where do I start???

            Below are my tips for you that are reasonably close to each other to make it easy to get to them:

            Hollywood & Highland Shopping Centre -- heaps of name brand stores http://hollywoodandhighland.com/

            The Grove -- same as above plus you have the Farmers market there so you can eat and buy some local produce for later http://www.thegrovela.com/

            In terms of strip shopping, can’t beat the strip on La Brea (between Beverly and 3rd) for awesome street wear, sneakers, vintage and denim.

            I personally didn’t go to Beverly Hills, but would expect super high end merchandise there with prices to match.

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