Monday, 5 September 2016

The LA Diaries: Living Like A Local

The Los Angeles Diaries: Living Like A Local
Another reason for my trip to LA was to see if it could be a potential home for me in the future. I work in the entertainment business and as connected as I am in London, frankly there's no other place than the sunny state to 'make it'.

I'm not going to lie, adjusting to the climes and culture is difficult. But after a few days, I walked around like I was one of them. Going out and partying also help to become accustomed to their lifestyle. Hollywood has an array of glamorous party-hard clubs and I attended the likes of Couture, Playhouse and Boulevard 3. There are of-course the numerous bars lined up and down the city. Each of them offering something unique and of-course something for every type of person.

The Los Angeles Diaries: Living Like A Local
The Los Angeles Diaries: Living Like A Local
The Los Angeles Diaries: Living Like A Local

The restaurants are worth going gaga over as well. There's quite a few gems that I had heard other bloggers talk about such as Cafe Gratitude and The Butcher's Daughter. Their chain restaurants are great too- although I never got a chance to try In N Out Burger (Boo!). But Fatburger is just as yummy. Needless to say, America is the land of food and truth be told you could go in to any restaurant and have the yummiest meal and customer service to match. They do have a huge tipping culture in America, which sometimes comes as a bit of a shock when you hand over a note and don't get the change you need. Eek, but as long as it isn't too much then all is good.

The Los Angeles Diaries: Living Like A Local
The Los Angeles Diaries: Living Like A Local
The Los Angeles Diaries: Living Like A Local

Of course there's the museums. I'm the first admit, I don't know much about art. But appreciating it is something I can do. It doesn't bore me and some of the work I saw was magnificent. And there's nothing quite like walking around the Urban Lights at LACMA. I'm sure they would double in magnificence during the night- but my trip was limited- And it was just as spectacular in the day. Definitely a marvel. I tried hard to fit in the Getty museum as well but alas, there's just so much I can do in a week! 

The Los Angeles Diaries: Living Like A Local
The Los Angeles Diaries: Living Like A Local
The Los Angeles Diaries: Living Like A Local
The Los Angeles Diaries: Living Like A Local
The Los Angeles Diaries: Living Like A Local

Lastly, the thing that got me the most is that people in LA are much more likely to...wait for it...smile. And randomly come up and talk to you. There really isn't a massive culture of keeping to yourself. I remember when I was hiking in the blazing heat (looking a hot mess) and many people stopped for a chat. It was mind-blowing. Honestly, living in such a sunny positive environment breeds like-minded thoughts. I was so happy with the connections I made, as short-lived as they were. The need for me to get out and meet new people was so undeniably crucial and the people of Los Angeles were so accommodating about that.

The Los Angeles Diaries: Living Like A Local


Read part 1 of my LA Diaries here
and part 2 of my LA Diaries here



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