The first ever jump to HOLLYWOOD – The story of solo travel in LOS ANGELES

Hey Fam, How is it going? Hope everyone is having an amazing 2019. Congrats to the ones sticking with your new year resolutions and it’s okay we all have been there for the ones who already got rid of your resolutions 😛  Hope you guys took a read through about my Portland blog. If not you still have time to revisit( The road to Portland – First Drive ever). Once my Seattle trip came to an end. The next destination was one of my all time Favorites since I have heard of this name ever since I knew the United States of America as a country. It’s none other than the land of Hollywood – Los Angles. From the amazing Hollywood movies to the Hollywood stars residences to all the amazing job opportunities to what not. Like you all, I was so excited.  

Usually, if I had to do the touristy thing I must have gone somewhere like Universal studios or the Disney. But I was never fascinated by rides or cartoons. Just a fun fact I stopped watching cartoons at 2nd grade lol. Hope you feel me now. I flew to Los Angles on 31st December 2015. How nice would it be to spend your first ever US new year on one of your favorite destinations right? One of my friend from Miami picked me up and dropped me off to a school seniors place at Irvine. Once he was back, He took me out to one of the amazing biriyani places (Isn’t this the reason school seniors are there for 😛 – guys who have regularly read through my blog know where was my schooling – Phases of Life /travel – PART 1) After an amazing treat he planned on catching up with other school seniors and to introduce me to them as well. We booked for a block party(Party where concerts happen between streets and the vehicle entry is blocked for just the party with beverage and food counters)  in Long Beach which is like an hour drive from Los Angeles.

Finally, the new year day started for us at 6 in the evening lol, which I hope would have explained to you guys about the night. whosoever is interested in knowing the story better hit me up privately because I don’t wanna embarrass myself 😛 Was a pretty calm first day of the year getting up at 2 pm, treating ourselves with good Indian food to the tummy and spectacular views of sunset at the Malibu beach. It was all worthwhile.

 Finally, My first ever solo expedition started, with a  cluster of places that I wanted to visit at this beautiful city. All I knew was to make sure that I had charge in my phone as google maps were the only one getting me to places simultaneously keeping pace with the public transport for routes and transits. Renting a car was an easier option but still an expensive option. It was winter when I was traveling which made it even better.  I started off my day at Hollywood walk of fame.

  1. HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME:

Got ready pretty quick as my senior was rushing to office. Moved my lazy ass the earliest I could and reached this famous spot. Not a big movie/series freak those days, couldn’t recognize a ton barring a very few individuals who were really famous from the Dwayne Johnson to the evergreen Micheal Jackson. Got in the steps, as the walk of fame is situated in Hollywood Blvd. The stars are embedded in the shape of a star and plunged into the walkway on both the sides of the road. A pretty good place to shop souvenirs and dine in. Has pretty good restaurants and food chains. 

PS:  One secret tip – You have a place to View the world famous Hollywood sign from the Hollywood and Highland Center. Don’t miss this. The best view is next to the California pizza kitchen or the third floor close to it.

 

         2. LITTLE TOKYO AND CHINATOWN:

Little Tokyo is the so-called replica of Japan and Chinatown is the replica of China. However there is an American fusion, Yet the buildings and the people we meet and shops make us feel like we actually entered an altogether a different piece of land. Food is something I am always down to try especially different cuisines are the best. There is literally restaurants every nook and corner of the street. I am not sure how every restaurant is, but my favorite is Chinchikurin (Link). Dive into the link. 

 

         3. DOWNTOWN LA (DTLA):

Since this was my first visit I was really into the skyscrapers and buildings surrounding me so high and huge. I am not sure how do I explain that feel or put them in words. It was just surreal. It wasn’t a weekday when I visited, so there wasn’t a high intensity of traffic or people rush. Forget about the weekday driving or commute in LA. It’s worse and been experiencing it for the past year and a half. To speak about DTLA, they have the best partying places in the country with amazing bars and Porsche clubs all over DTLA.  I’m sure anyone would have a ball on a Friday or Saturday night 🙂

 

 

       4. Venice Beach:

A pretty place for the 2nd day of the year 2016. A load of people gazing on all sides, birds flying in different directions, people catching fishes and me on the other side traveling alone got to see how beautiful is to be a human being, grasp people’s emotion and I could totally feel the heartfelt happiness from looking at their happy faces. The sunset was such an eventful delight for the eyes. Venice beach is a popular place for the tourist to visit, It has a  broad walk and a pier. Amazing place to take a walk in the evening and maybe have a coffee or drink depending on what time of the day it is 😛

 

I am sure you all would have had got some idea about Los Angeles. Next one is pretty amazing and a very exciting one. 

WAIT FOR IT 🙂 

 

Love, 

Praveen <3

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