LA was everything I thought it would be – sun, beaches, palm trees and so much fun! We stayed in a really cool hostel called “Banana Bungalow” where we met some amazing people.
Luckily, some of our friends who we met in San Francisco were in the same hostel as us in LA and had a car so we were able to drive about with them. It is pretty difficult getting around LA without a car since the city is so big! My friend and I were less than 25 years old at the time so we didn’t fancy paying a fortune to rent a car. Being less than 25 years old and wanting to road trip around the USA can therefore be an extremely expensive trip for foreigners. We managed fine without a car since we took a lot of mega-buses that cost us an average of $15 for every trip! Buses are efficient enough in LA but the city is so vast that you must be prepared to spend a good hour getting around.
On our first day, we made our way to the Hollywood sign. As you can see by my hair on the photo below, the weather was so humid and sticky (particularly for British and Irish girls) so we didn’t complete the hike. We felt like we had already hiked ourselves out over the last few weeks in The Rockies so we made our way to a cafe to suppress our hanger (this is a real thing!)
Our hostel was a five minute walk from Hollywood Boulevard which was great to catch buses from. There’s so much going on that you don’t know where to look.
Beverly Hills was UNREAL. I felt like I had seen wealth in Paris and London but Beverly Hills was on a different level. I couldn’t believe how clean the roads were and that people actually lived here. It felt like I was in Utopia!
I was so obsessed with the palm trees here since I had never seen so many before! So now I have about 938474 photos of trees on my albums!
We visited Venice Beach a few times during our stay where we sun bathed and watched people surfing – living the true LA experience. I would love to go back one day. LA was everything and more.