Every time the temperatures drop, “I want to move to California!!” becomes my slogan (just ask my boyfriend or any of my friends…). Although I’m not sure how serious that proclamation is, California has still been on my list as a place to visit for quite some time. My California Dreamin’ was finally made a reality a couple weeks ago when my boyfriend, Eric, and I traveled across the country to visit our friend, Tommy (the saint who hosted us all week!), in Los Angeles.
Landing in LA was like entering an entirely different world. First of all, the constant sunshine, perfect 70s temperature, and zero humidity weather definitely felt nice compared to the heat wave we have been suffering through on the east coast this summer and made our morning runs feel like a breeze. Second, the difference in transportation took a lot of getting used to. We are accustomed to walking and taking public transportation from place to place, but in LA, driving or ordering an Uber is the norm. We still managed to log a lot of steps though, as we prefer exploring on foot, but we definitely noticed the emptiness of the sidewalks in comparison to New York or Philly.
After we started adjusted to these differences, LA began to really grow on us. One of our favorite things to do is explore neighborhoods and pick out our favorite houses, so we loved running and walking through Tommy’s neighborhood, gazing at the gorgeous homes and landscaping. We also fell in love with a healthy café called Kreation which we visited every morning of our trip (the avocado toast is to die for!). Each day, we planned a new adventure: walking through Venice Beach and down the Santa Monica Pier, hiking up Griffith Park for the gorgeous (albeit smoggy!) views, bringing a picnic of wine and cheese to a jazz fest at the Hollywood bowl, or braving the craziness and crowds of Hollywood to get a quick photo on the Walk of Stars. We filled our nights with delicious meals, like our favorite at Beverly Soon Tofu in Korea Town and fun nights out in the city.
On the last full day of our stay in Cali, we drove to Santa Barbara, the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen in the United States. The beach, trees, and views of the mountains and ocean were absolutely breath taking. Every shop and restaurant on the streets, even the Chipotle, had an adorable and charming aesthetic. We spent much of the afternoon in what felt like a European village full of small, family-owned wineries, where we tasted incredible wine and chatted with the owners and employees. It was the perfect day trip to end our visit to the west coast.
It was bittersweet to make our way back across the country. Yes, I had to start checking my weather app again for the first time in a week (goodbye to perfect weather every day), but I was happy to get back to the convenience of the New York subway and away from the LA traffic. I’m not sure I will ever move to LA, but I really enjoyed the visit and am looking forward to my next trip to the west coast.
What was in my suitcase: Forever 21 Maried Knit Top, Forever 21 Crossbody Bag, H&M Off-the-Shoulder Top, Irresistible Me Professional Hair Straightener, Ray Ban Clubmaster Aluminum Flash Lenses, Uniqlo Leggings Pants