Los Angeles. Admittedly I have never given it much credit. I have really never thought it to be much more than a smog filled, superficial, soul sucking town. But alas, it is full of vibrant personality and colorful individuals. The faces were friendly and in a city known for its reputation of health obsessed alternatives, it didn’t disappoint. We will begin this particular post with a visit to Hugo’s, a wonderful breakfast nook with lots of tasty options. As our waitress approached and I prepared to order my hot chocolate, I was slightly (but joyfully) taken aback with my milk choices. The following is a snippet of our conversation. Me “I’ll have a hot chocolate please.” Pleasant waitress “Would you like that with skim, 2%, whole, soy, rice or almond milk?” Me “Almond please!” Pleasant waitress “Wonderful!” Now where else does one get so many options? We grazed hungrily over our plates while conversing with a lovely new friend we had been “set up” with. Soon breakfast was over, we hugged, said our farewells and parted ways.
Prior to this day (the day of our arrival) the husband and myself landed ourselves in Korea town to meet with a friend. She and I have been dear friends since middle school and had not seen one another in 7 years or so. Tom N Toms is a coffee beanery with a similar vibe to Starbucks. We all ordered our mochas and lattes and sat, chatting away the next 5 hours. It was a wonderful all-inclusive catch up sesh and we were sad to see it end but it was late and we needed to find our sleeping quarters for the night.
High up in the misty hills we found our castle. This place was magical. The kind of place where the rich aroma of flora permeates the air and fills your nose with a sweet fragrance. The kind of place where hummingbirds and faeries frolic and play. Where the land is lush with green and dew droplets dance on blades of grass. If not for the high rent, location and the fact that it is not zoned for commercial use, it would be the perfect place for MoonStruck (see www.moonstruckgatherings.wordpress.com). Here is where we laid our heads to rest for 2 nights sleep and dreamed of faraway lands…
Our final day, after breakfast at the milk selection place, we trucked across the vast city to Knotts Berry Farm. For those readers not aware, this “farm” is actually a giant amusement park. The first in the country actually. Filled with enough thrills, rides and coasters to allow you to relive your breakfast experience, we made our way from one 30 second ride to another. This is a slow process since the wait to get onto these thrills will have you standing in line anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. If you are not one for patience, I do not recommend this. It wouldn’t even be quite so bad if it weren’t for the ridiculous conversations you have no choice but to overhear from the tween generation. I’m sure I am aging myself by even discussing this (and I’m only 30!) but c’mon! It is hilarious to listen to and realize how far I have come in my life. Things that now seem completely insignificant to me are of the utmost importance to a 14 year old. But, so it goes.
In the end, LA was a fun visit. Could I live here? Probably not. The constant go, go, go energy (which is ironic considering you always seem to find yourself in gridlock traffic) of this city can make for a confusing and ultimately exhausting undertaking. However, my recent exposure will allow me to embrace future ventures into this bustling city.