East Coast to West Coast: One New Yorkers’ move to Los Angeles
On June 28th, I landed and I felt just like Miley in “Party in the USA”**
“I hopped off the plane at L.A.X.
With a dream and my cardigan
Welcome to the land of fame excess (whoa),
Am I gonna fit in?”
Everything I once thought would be simple or I thought I could just figure out became fearful, scary and overwhelming. Like catching an cab or making friends or where I would even live!?? Despite visiting a few times before this permanent move, I felt unprepared. Eventually like Miley, I saw the palm trees and ironically enough my Lyft (who I couldn't find for 10 mins but he patiently waited) turned the radio on and indeed A Jay-Z SONG WAS ON. Well sorta, it was ALL THE WAY UP. So, to avoid your potential freak out here’s some tips for maneuvering Los Angeles better than a local.
1. DONT WASTE YOUR TIME ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:
I mean you can if you want if you enjoy ridiculously long commutes and getting nothing done in your day! Los Angeles is way too spread out, which can be great when traveling from claustrophobic nightmare New York but not wise for bus/subway commuting. If you are visiting I recommend using Lyft line or Uber pool. It makes getting around easier and super cheap. For example: Uber pool from Downtown Los Angeles to The Grove is about 7 bucks and a 30min ride without traffic, just imagine the same commute on public transport, over an hour. Time is money and for a few bucks I rather a quick more efficient way!
*insert Los Angeles metro gif since I can’t find one* (Already a bad sign.)
2. STAY AWAY FROM FREEWAYS
Avoid them at all costs! Especially during the times commuters are headed to work and home. Since Los Angeles is home to Hollywood, work hours can be at anytime of day for residents. Freeways are designed to make commutes shorter but due to traffic your travel time can actually be shorter when taking regular road. I recommend using GPS for all trips here.
3. EAT AS MUCH AVOCADO AS YOU CAN
Fruits and veggies just taste so much better here and the avocados are cheap! At Trader Joe’s you can get 4 for $3.99 and they are RIPE! It’s literally a health nuts heaven! Oh, and the Whole Foods on Fairfax has a Kombucha station. #Bless
4. BUT ALSO EAT ROSCOES AND IN-N-OUT
Because it makes up for the lack of good pizza and conveniently inconvenient bad food choices in NY. Here you can indulge guilt free because its not as easy to get to as the chopped cheese at your local bodega so… treat yo’ self. Also, outside of Hiking at Runyon Canyon its one of the enjoyable cheesy touristy things to do in Cali!
5.DON’T DRINK THE WATER
The water in Los Angeles just doesn't taste as good and you aren't advised to drink it from the tap. I say not advised because well, you're grown and can go straight thug life if you want. I recommend just drinking bottled water here since the filtered tap tastes like trash without that good old New York fluoride! (I miss this the most and then my mom.)
6. GO TO VENICE BEACH, OR MALIBU OR SANTA MONICA
And if you are really lucky Manhattan Beach (There’s one here too.)I mean,they are all better than any beach in NY and I promise the water won’t mutate your skin. Each beach has its own vibe, Venice has a skatepark, graffiti and has a hipster feel while Santa Monica has the Pier, with rides and is very family friendly!
Every city has its Pros and Cons and it’s all about adjusting to the new space. Hopefully ,what I learned (the hard way) saves you some precious time to really enjoy the city of sunshine and palm trees! Now get a ticket, catch that flight and get ready to Party In the USA (LA).
**featured gifs from WiffleGif.com