Los Angeles, the proper place to spend your final Spring Break
Emerson College spent the past decade of its students' tuition money building a gigantic campus on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard. Despite the fact that the elevators only work approximately 40 percent of the time, the showers in the dorms don't have any sort of ventilation, and the eco-friendly solar panels outside the windows look an awful lot like prison bars, almost all of my friends decided they wanted to spend their last semester there.
So I went to visit for the first weekend of my final Spring Break.
Rolling up from the airport at night, I was unprepared for the sheer spectacle of the thing. A marketing achievement it most certainly was. Nobody could miss it, or be ignorant as to who is responsible for the new space craft on Sunset Boulevard. Everything else aside, it did look cool.
It was my first time in Los Angeles, or California for that matter. As Lia and I are planning on moving to Seattle at the end of the summer, I was excited to check out the largest city on our new coast. I'd expected to hate it -- too much traffic, driving, and sunshine for my liking.
It turned out all my assumptions about what it would be like were pretty accurate. I still really rather enjoyed it.
We spent our first day on Venice Beach, as Ian and I were keen to feel the sun on our bodies having been a few of the last remaining stragglers sticking it out in Boston this semester. The temperature was perfect, and the beach was as idyllic as I'd ever seen, but with enough other interesting stuff going on that made it a brilliant day trip.
I'd also just a few weeks before finally learnt how to use my fancy schmancy camera somewhat properly. As a result, I easily took the best photos I've ever taken on this trip. Including this one. Clif Bars agreed, and re-posted it to their Instagram account.
Of course, you don't fly all the way to LA and drive to Venice Beach to not go in the water. It doesn't matter how cold it is.
Once we'd all finished tensing our stomachs to a degree we were happy with being posted on social media, we went in search of food -- another equally important part of any vacation.
I had my first Poke experience, and then we got tacos too. Shirts were firmly back on.
So here's the thing. I have another three days of awesome LA stuff to share, but I'm currently in Mexico City because my life is so hard. I'm going to try and do one of these posts for the next three days, but no promises. I'm sure it'll be ok. I'm fairly certain my Grandma is the only person who reads this blog anyway -- and even then only when I ask her to. Hi Grandma!