Around the World, California, Los Angeles, USA

[Drifting into L.A.LA. Land – Los Angeles, CA]

October 23, 2013

As the year winds down I find myself with a vacation day I must use before it expires. I mean c’mon how could I let that go? That, the unhappy coincidence of a group trip to the Poconos being cancelled and unexpected job switch by my fellow traveler meant I had days and a travel buddy. The stars aligned and it was time for a trip to Los Angeles.

To prep you for this post I must insist you listen to this song and read this Buzzfeed’s L.A. vs. NYC list.

Okay, alright back to the weekend. We landed at LAX around 1 AM PST and spent about an hour dealing with the car rental company which was both exhausting and hilarious.

We finally made our way into LA and to our airbnb rental. This was my first time Airbnb-ing and it was such a great experience! Pretty much I’d prefer never to stay in a hotel again.

Better pics on that link above...

Better pics on that link above…

The view from our balcony

The view from our balcony

 

The view from the balcony

The view from the balcony

Here is the link to our Airbnb pad + host. I highly recommend it.

When we woke up in the morning we decided to check out The Grove which was conveniently down the street. Although it does have some shops etc that you would see anywhere else, the real draw is the awesome Farmer’s Market. If I could go back and hoard finds I would buy tons of things from the hot sauce store AND the vintage store. Needless to say we got some donuts at Bob’s Donuts and they were delicious.

Welcome to the Farmer's Market

Welcome to the Farmer’s Market

Obviously we had some donuts....a dinosaur one was mandatory

Obviously we had some donuts….a dinosaur one was mandatory

The Grove

The Grove

By this time a mutual friend and former London roommate, Kevin had called and we decided to meet him out at Venice Beach. Pretty much the best way to start any weekend is to go to the beach, you just can’t go wrong. So, we checked out a little bit of the Walk of Fame/Hollywood area and made our way out there.

The boardwalk

The boardwalk

Some people ride in style

Some people ride in style

Some people just ride on bicycles

Some people just ride on bicycles

After a long day, we went back to “our apartment”. We came back out sans camera aka any photographic evidence of this…. Grabbed some dinner in Venice Beach – if you are ever there (I approve) and hit up a bar where I promptly dropped my wallet and searched frantically for it. Then, we caught Kevin’s roommate’s show and headed home for the night.

Day 2: The Hills

It was a good more food of course. We grabbed some burgers and headed out to Runyon Canyon to work in a hike. I’ll let the pics speak for themselves.

Our default option after trying to avoid a long line seemed great after all

Our default option after trying to avoid a long line seemed great after all

Hiking Runyon Canyon - choose your own adventure

Hiking Runyon Canyon – choose your own adventure

One of two pictures of me the entire trip...being the photographer has its cons

One of two pictures of me the entire trip…being the photographer has its cons

"The Hills"

“The Hills”

 

Day 3-5: Sports Bars, Korean BBQ and a Reunion

The last few days got busy, I quit taking pictures in order and honestly I’ve decided I like having a few just for me 🙂 We caught a game at a sports bar, grabbed some Korean BBQ with Kevin, caught up with my friend Erik from my masters at Tito’s Tacos and had some giant pancakes.

My reunion with THE Erik Charlot

My reunion with THE Erik Charlot

Nice to catch up, don't miss working on a masters but do miss my friends :(

Nice to catch up, don’t miss working on a masters but do miss my friends 🙁

 

 

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