Despite this year being my 5th year living on the West Coast, I visited Los Angeles for the very first time last December. Los Angeles is the epitome of America's West Coast. Tickets from Vancouver were extremely reasonable especially since we did not have any checked luggage. We arrived in LA just before the super peak season (aka Christmas), so everything was slightly cheaper!
I had a final that afternoon, but it was my last final (for the semester), and I was already excited for my trip! I thought the most stressful part of my year was over and now all I had to do way enjoy... Seeing how the 3pm and 5pm ferries were cancelled due to bad weather, I scurried to reserve my spot for the 9pm ferry. Basically, I HAD to take the ferry out to Vancouver that day because my flight the next day was at 8am. There was no way I could make it if I left the next day - even if I took the earliest ferry at 7am.
They cancelled the 7pm and 9pm ferries too! What... Thank goodness I checked, but I also started panicking. I was literally on the verge of pulling all my hair out. After complaining and whining (and also brainstorming) for a while, I decided to make my way to Victoria's airport. THANK GOODNESS I DID. The West Jet lady was extremely nice and she helped me change my ticket, so instead of flying YVR-LAX, I took a de-tour YYJ-YYC-LAX. This definitely increased my traveling time by at least 2 hours, but hey, I made it to LAX and that's what matters! It wasn't expensive to make the change either, so I'm extremely grateful.
Upon arrival, we went to check in at our Airbnb - we stayed with a lovely lady called Bangja. Then we headed out for food! It was much colder than we were expecting it to be in LA. It was a little bit disappointing since we wanted to get away from the cold and wet weather in Vancouver/Victoria. Nevertheless, the trip must still go on!
Walt Disney Concert Hall
In N Out - We missed out on the animal fries!!!!! :(
The Larchmont Bungalow
Red and Blue Velvet Pancakes (YUMMM) and Lobster Cobb Salad (EVEN MORE YUMMM).
LACMA Lights Exhibition - honestly I was a little bit disappointed. I expected it to be whiter in colour than the grey you see in these pictures. I also expected them to be much taller. I'm not too sure why I had those expectations - but I did! We still hung around for quite a bit and took lots of pictures though.
After, we uber-ed to Santa Monica. And if I could mention, Uber is the best damned thing ever. Extremely convenient, efficient, great customer service.
Santa Monica Pier in the golden hour.
Pier + me - See how I was so bundled up?? And I was still freezing!
Bottega Louie for Brunch - 100% would return again. Loved it here.
I loved their macarons and desserts counter. To the obnoxious, self-righteous man, UP YOURS BITCH.
LA Public Library.
We made our way to Anaheim and prepared ourselves for DISNEYLAND.
We woke up late the next day, had breakfast at IHop before heading in at 11am. We were terribly late, but we stayed till it closed, so I guess we kinda made up for being late?
Sleeping Beauty's Castle decked out in Christmas AND their Diamond Anniversary decorations! Sooo lovely.
Saved this T-shirt for Disneyland!
A delicious Dole drink.
Teacup with an awkward hole in the middle.
I didn't upload any more pictures for the rest of Disneyland because I didn't really want to clutter this post up. (Although I suppose my blog could use some clutters of pictures once in a while.)
That's all folks!
See you when I see you - aka when I'm procrastinating.
Check here to view Mich's version of the LA trip!!