Let’s hope I won’t be pursued by Disney for this title…
To be honest, I hated Los Angeles at first sight. It’s like a trash Disney World wanting you to get addicted to entertainment by pushing lights and sounds in your veins. I wanted to go back home, and this NEVER happens when I’m travelling. Now, more than a month after my return, I think I get something about this town and I even think it had taught me something about self-love and creativity.
I think I might even like it (sort of).
About feeling inappropriate
Los Angeles is chaos. It’s like there is no rule.
When we drove through Beverly Hills, I sat in the car in my very ordinary cheap clothes feeling totally inappropriate in the crowd of well-dressed fancy people. Between a golden chrome Lamborghini and a skinny model with a Chanel purse that worth 120 000US$, I felt like it was not my place to be. I mean…120KUS$! What do you put into it? The last baby panda endangered wearing a diamond collar?
When we walked on Hollywood Blvd, people were so out-of-the-box that I still felt inappropriate for being so straight. They dressed how they wanted, behaved how they wanted, pretended they were Superman and just did it. No question asked. You have an idea, you do it.
When we walked in Venice, I felt inappropriate for not jogging, or drinking green juice… or not being drunk at the beach at 11am. I felt like there was no place for an Annie in this town.
If there’s no rule…
But thinking about it…. if there’s no rule, then everything is right! You can be everything you want!
No need to fly to be Superman, no need to know how to sing to sing, no need to be a fitness coach to take care of yourself.
Los Angeles has taught me that it’s possible to connect with our true self and to just be. I wish I’d realize that while I was still there.
That’s why I like to travel and sometimes go to places I don’t like at first. Often, I just don’t look in the good direction.
Things I liked
I liked seeing the Ella Fitzgerald’s star.
I liked the street art on Abbott Kinney.
Los Angeles, I kinda liked some part of you.
But you still stink you know… and I tell you as a friend, before someone else notices.
Do you think the same about L.A.? Have you ever been to places you didn’t like at first sight?
Los Angeles is a very big city and attractions are far from each other. I suggest that you travel with a guidebook to help you navigate. I liked Lonely Planet Pocket Los Angeles. It’s small, and the map show you everything you need to know.
To discover more posts about California:
- What to Pack For California in Autumn
- California – My 10 Days Road Trip Itinerary
- Best Road Trip Songs to Drive Down Pacific Highway
- Monterey Aquarium: Please Don’t Flash the Octopus
- What You Can See in One Day Walking in San Francisco
- Photo Essay: Alcatraz Prison
- Why We Had a Terrible Day at Yosemite
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