I’m not a fan of LA

I’m not a fan of Los Angeles.

I don’t hate it, but compared to all the other places I’ve seen in America it just doesn’t stack up.

Truthfully I’ve only been for a day and a half, so I will update this post when I’ve seen more of the place. But what I did see just wasn’t great. We went to the Hollywood sign, and took the obligatory pictures under it, went out clubbing and did the Walk of Fame the next day.

I'm not a fan of LA

The Walk of Fame was fun, and I liked taking pictures with the stars, but it was horrible walking down the street with my friends. We all have different accents so we were targeted by people trying to get us to sign up for the numerous tours. It annoyed me that these people wouldn’t take no for an answer though, and I got irritated when they wouldn’t leave us alone.

Walking down Hollywood Boulevard was interesting, and there was lots to see: wannabe-rappers trying to get us to listen to their music, tourists from all over the world, Americans dressed up as Spongebob and Captain Jack Sparrow for pictures, and tour operators everywhere trying to convince us to take a tour of the stars houses.

I think if I had come to LA when I first arrived in America I would have liked it more. After everything I’ve seen here though, LA left me underwhelmed. I also had pretty high expectations, after everyone raving on about how great LA is, so next time I’ll try not to get too excited about a place before I see it myself.

I'm not a fan of LA

We went to LA to celebrate my 23rd birthday, and it was good to see something different and explore a new city, but if we go back I’d like to leave on a Friday night instead of Saturday afternoon so we could have the whole weekend. Maybe LA is one of those cities that will grow on me.

We had taken a car which was lucky because the public transport system is pretty much non-existent. By the time we left San Diego it was peak time for traffic so instead of taking two hours to get there it took us almost four. We stayed at a cheap motel with two queen sized beds and five girls, so only had to pay $20 for accommodation and we split the gas.

The city is pretty dirty and polluted, and there’s a lot of trash on the streets.  The people seemed to be kind of fake, and only interested in talking to us if they thought we’d give them some money, which from poor Au Pairs, is a laughable idea. I also noted that everyone seems to be obsessed with staying young in LA although this is something I’ve also noticed about America in general.

One of the best examples of the kind of people I met in LA is a guy I was dancing with while we were clubbing. He asked me what we were doing in LA that weekend and I replied that we were celebrating my 23rd birthday.

“Don’t worry,” he assured me, “You look about nineteen.”

Um…thanks mate, but I wasn’t worried.

What does worry me though, is how many kiwis come to the states, have a few days in LA, Las Vegas and maybe San Francisco, and then say they’ve seen America. The best thing about the states for me, is how different every state is. Some states actually feel like different countries when compared to each other, and people who only visit a few cities on the west coast are definitely missing out.

8 comments on “I’m not a fan of LA

  1. dave February 10, 2012 @ 2:19 am

    For you to really enjoy Los Angeles you have to know where to go. I agree, a lot of people come with an expectation that L.A is an Angel city (I'm an angel :)but I would not live anywhere else. Not sure exactly where you went but the next time time do a little research and you will have a better experience. There is a lot…. and I literally mean a lot to do with out having to spend hundreds of dollars.

    • kiwigirlflying February 10, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

      Thanks for the comment Dave :) It was a complete spur of the moment trip and I agree-I definitely need to do some research next time. I'll give LA one more chance to show me what it's got lol.

  2. Michelle April 3, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    New York all the way! :)

    • onetravelsfar April 8, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

      I agree! New York is my favorite, althought I don't know if I'm going to get to spend any time there this trip :( Can't wait to visit it again though!

  3. Pinay Flying High January 31, 2015 @ 9:29 pm

    Generally, I’m not a big fan of big cities having said that, I wasn’t a fan of New York and LA but between the two – I think I can handle New York better than LA. I agree with all of the things you’ve mentioned but just like you, I only stayed in LA for a couple of days – 5 to be exact and then we headed off to San Francisco which was absolutely lovely. I don’t know, there’s something about LA which I feel like it was amiss.

    • Stacey March 15, 2015 @ 6:25 pm

      I love New York, and I agree that there seems to be something missing in LA. I’ve visited a lot of places which have the same level of “grittiness” as LA, but it seems to be lacking the charm that usually comes with those types of cities.

  4. Patrick Ward March 14, 2015 @ 7:40 pm

    I agree, I did not like L.A as much as NYC. I guess I had high expectations too, and I was suffering from a sinus headache the whole time. Plus it prob doesn’t help that I had just left Hawai’i and was only in L.A for 1 day and night. Maybe ill try again some day.

    • Stacey March 15, 2015 @ 6:23 pm

      Ooh that sounds awful. I will say that every time I visit it grows on me a little more. Maybe we both just need to give it a few more chances 😉

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