I was busy preparing for a Math test, when my Dad phoned to inform me that we would be taking a trip to the City of Angels. I became hysterical and was in a state of deep excitement for the two weeks prior to the actual trip.
I am a fan of American culture, and visiting USA, was something that I dreamed about, yet thought would not have happened. Prior to visiting LA, my knowledge of the city did not extend very far. All that I knew about it was that my childhood icon, footballer David Bechkam had found himself a nice quiet retirement village at soccer club, LA Galaxy.
So after boasting to all my friends about my trip and two weeks of continuously thinking, “ I cant wait for the trip”, the departure day finally arrived. After about 18 hours, there I was in the city of Angels.
Upon arriving at LAX, I thought that the airplane had literally crash landed in heaven. I had never experienced such beautiful infrastructure and professional service before.
We stayed at the Westin Bonaventure hotel on South Figeroa street. Accomodation there was top class. I was particularly impressed by the work ethic of staff there. For instance, if I needed something from reception, a butler would arrive at our room, within a minute or two.
On day one, we visited the FIDM, which houses costumes worn by famous actors and took a stroll down broadway. To me, LA seemed just like how it is in movies. Long streets surrounded by pearly trees.
We tried out popular Los Angeles cuisine such as Cajuna chicken, Tacos, and Burritos. I was particularly impressed by the Taco’s.
On day two we took a walk through the Hollywood walk of fame and entered the enchanted world of Nickleodoeon studios in Burbank were Spongebob squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Renn and Stimpy, and the fairly odd parents among others were born.
Day three was perhaps the most enjoyable and memorable for me. We kicked it off by going on a tour of Beverly hills. We whizzed past the homes of Hugh Hefner, and Christina Aguilera along the way. In the afternoon, we went to the Universal studios theme park. Listening to explanations of how movies were produced and made was an highly enlightening experience for me. Going on the Simpsons and Jurrasic park rides were scary, but at the same time breathtaking.
Walking through the House of horrors , was perhaps one of the most scary experiences of my life, but I will never forget it. During that walk, I screamed the loudest that I have ever done so, in my entire life. The tour of Universal studios bus ride with Jimmy Fallon was beyond comprehension. I was fascinated by the state of the art technology and panoramic views of Universal studios.
On our final day, we paid a visit to Griffiths museum and Venice beach. Unfortunately due, to time constraints, we did not get to enter Griffiths nor go on a nature trail there.
During the final afternoon, we attended the 2012 Nickleodeon kids choice awards and watched live performances by One Direction and Katy Perry. The sliming of Justin Bieber was the cherry on top for me.
I was sad to bid farewell to LA. This trip not only allowed me to discover a new culture, but a different country and also learn how fascinating this world really is. The trip has motivated me to work harder in life. I do hope to visit LA again some day, and to do so, I will have to work hard.
About the Author: Eshlin Vedan is a student in Durban, South Africa and loved his adventure to Los Angeles.