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    Maeve Waite

    24 year old work psychologist, mental health advocate and future dachshund owner. occasional writer, baker and photo taker. posts have been featured on time to change and mental movement magazine, and I sometimes like to write all lower case.
    Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Living the LA Life

    Recently, probably due to everyone being at Coachella, I've actually been really missing LA. This is surprising, because when I actually visited last summer, I wasn't that taken with it...now on reflection, I wish I could go back!


    I stayed in Venice Beach, which is about an hour or so away from downtown LA (if you're going by public transport). For a budget-friendly traveller, this had its upsides and downsides: the upside was that I was right by the beach, it was a very cool and individualistic area which I really liked, and it was only a 30 min walk up the beach to Santa Monica - where there's more to do! The downside is that, yes, it's aaaaages away from the main city, and therefore a lot of the attractions. In hindsight, I'd probably have stayed a couple days in Venice, and a couple days in the city, but I didn't have time, so I'll have to return!



    Still, I was able to get into the city using one of the many and ever-popular hop-on hop-off buses. There are about 5 or so different routes in total, each covering an area in or around LA. I opted for the routes covering Venice and Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Brentwood, and downtown LA and Hollywood. Given I was only there for 2 full days, this got everything done so quickly! I visited the Santa Monica Pier, Sunset Boulevard, the Beverly Hills sign, Rodeo Drive, and of course, Hollywood Boulevard with the ridiculously long Walk of Fame (note: don't spend all your time looking out for famous names as I did!) It was packed as you'd expect, but if I'd had more time, I would've gone into the Chinese Theatre, the Dolby Theatre, the Grove, etc...I'm so annoyed at myself for not planning ahead haha!





    Other areas and attractions I would've LOVED to go were Paramount Studios, Disney, Malibu, and down to Big Sur. However, I'm glad I've had a change of heart about LA as really, I didn't give it much of a chance and I reckon I'd love it if I went for a proper holiday now! Maybe I'll do an extended trip for Coachella next year....






    Recently, probably due to everyone being at Coachella, I've actually been really missing LA. This is surprising, because when I actually visited last summer, I wasn't that taken with it...now on reflection, I wish I could go back!


    I stayed in Venice Beach, which is about an hour or so away from downtown LA (if you're going by public transport). For a budget-friendly traveller, this had its upsides and downsides: the upside was that I was right by the beach, it was a very cool and individualistic area which I really liked, and it was only a 30 min walk up the beach to Santa Monica - where there's more to do! The downside is that, yes, it's aaaaages away from the main city, and therefore a lot of the attractions. In hindsight, I'd probably have stayed a couple days in Venice, and a couple days in the city, but I didn't have time, so I'll have to return!



    Still, I was able to get into the city using one of the many and ever-popular hop-on hop-off buses. There are about 5 or so different routes in total, each covering an area in or around LA. I opted for the routes covering Venice and Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Brentwood, and downtown LA and Hollywood. Given I was only there for 2 full days, this got everything done so quickly! I visited the Santa Monica Pier, Sunset Boulevard, the Beverly Hills sign, Rodeo Drive, and of course, Hollywood Boulevard with the ridiculously long Walk of Fame (note: don't spend all your time looking out for famous names as I did!) It was packed as you'd expect, but if I'd had more time, I would've gone into the Chinese Theatre, the Dolby Theatre, the Grove, etc...I'm so annoyed at myself for not planning ahead haha!





    Other areas and attractions I would've LOVED to go were Paramount Studios, Disney, Malibu, and down to Big Sur. However, I'm glad I've had a change of heart about LA as really, I didn't give it much of a chance and I reckon I'd love it if I went for a proper holiday now! Maybe I'll do an extended trip for Coachella next year....






    . Thursday, 5 May 2016 .

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