Let me just start off by saying that we are young and we are cheap. Why are we cheap? Because we're students, of course! And that's why 4 cheap young girls decided to go on this somewhat spontaeneous trip to Los Angeles. I went purely because of the annual Korean Music Festival (Kpop fan!!!), my one friend went as a graduation trip for herself (only one out of the 3 other trips!), and my two sister friends went because they had nothing better to do.
All these reasons brought us together on one of the most epic journeys of our lives!
I am a person who happens to enjoy planning. Nothing makes me more happy and so, I took it upon myself to plan every single day by the hour! Yes, I know that some of you spontaeneous folks are already giving me WTH looks, which is exactly what my two sister friends gave me when I sent them my AWESOME EXCEL SHEET!
I'm telling you, Los Angeles is not a city to be exploring and hunting for activities to do with only 6 days in hand. You need to come prepared to get the most of out of it and especially if you are planning to save money everywhere!
Suggestion for planning: Check out museum sites for free admission times, use Yelp for local advise, and find free/cheap parking for all locations you are visiting!!! By far the parking location research I did was the most helpful because in LA that's where you lose a lot of your hard earned money. Tips too.
Booked Hotel and airfare together online (approx. $400 for 3 ppl as my fourth friend booked her flight later)
Hotel: Hollywood Downtowner Inn
Free breakfast (eggs, ham, pancakes, juice, milk, cereal, etc!), free Internet, free parking, 1 min to metro, and on Hollywood Blvd, which is close to everything there is to do in LA. It's not a glitzy hotel; just an inn owned by a sweet Gujarati couple. Clean too.
Car Rental: Hertz
My friend booked the car online from Hertz Carribean to get the 'No Underage Fees' deal. When we arrived at the LAX Hertz, we had to pay extra for insurance. Still great deal.
[For a detailed budget breakdown, see the last journal entry.]
April 29, 2010
After a month of exhaustive planning and final exams, we were finally heading down to Los Angeles or as I like to call it, Lala Land! Nothing interesting happened when we started except that we all woke up at 3am to catch our flight. Wait, there's also the fact that we almost missed our flight because 2 of my friends decided to show up fashionably late, but thank goodness the check-in guy was nice! Anyway, took a short flight to Detroit (looks like Chicago's O'Hare) from where we caught our connection to LA. During that painful 6 hour flight (I love traveling, but hate planes) I slept except when I woke up to claim my food. Little did I know that the person sitting beside me that entire time was to become my new Kpop buddy!
Starting conversations with strangers
If you want to get to know someone or make petty conversation with a stranger (which was what happened in this case), then always start off with a random question. As we were preparing to land you could see the outline of some mountains and thinking that this was a great way to start a conversation, I asked the girl beside me if she knew what they were called. She had no idea even though this was her 5th time in LA! lol
"Oh really? 5th time? Wow! So why are you here again?" ME
"I'm actually here for a concert." HER
"Really?!" and here I would've asked her if she was talking about the Korean concert, but it just so happens that non-Asian kpop fans are considered weird by some folks, so I decided to instead ask which concert.
"I'm actually going to this korean concert which I've..." At this point I cut her off and exclaimed that I was going there too! Funny how things happen. :D
Some things in life just cannot be planned...
Well, after adding each other on Facebook and planning to meet at the concert, my friends and I headed off to Hertz LAX to pick up our cool red Nissan Versa. Very spacey.
In 5 minutes we were on the highway with the radio turned on and the wind blowing in our hair. Compared to our little ol' city, Los Angeles highways are HUGE! Eight lanes and even a car ON FIRE to start our exciting trip!
Arriving at our inn from the airport took about 30 minutes, including the 5 minutes we wasted getting lost in the confusing Downtown highway section. Our inn was pretty small and as mentioned before, not the best. But for girls who like to have clean beds and washrooms, this was perfect for the price. PLUS we got the room for the price of three guests instead of 4.
Though we rented a car for the entire trip, we decided not to drive to Downtown LA as advised by our inn owner. Instead we took the metro.
Let me just stop here and say how CLEAN the metro stations in LA are. Compared to Toronto (urine infested), LA's metro stations are heaven and very cheap too. Public transportation in LA in general is very inexpensive. The only problem is that the system is not integrated, which causes commuters to lose a lot of time changing between trains, subways, and busses. Really a shame especially since California is the 'green' state of the US.
So back to our first day of touristy things to do. Well, we didn't really get started with touring Downtown because (A) we were STARVING (B) we were lost, and (C) we were tired. The plan was to go to Japantown and eat Ramen, but because we forgot our map, we got lost and ended up in Chinatown after 1 hour of random walking. Starving and exhausted, we decided to forget ramen and have Chinese food instead.
You know how food tastes REALLY good when you have been starving for hours? Well, that's not what happened. The Chinese food we ate was terrible and the dishes were dirty! If you happen to land in this unfortunate side of the town, do not eat at the Best Ocean Seafood restaurant.
Leaving the restaurant ( i did not tip if you were asking), we headed towards the first item on our list: The Walt Disney Concert Hall. This out of the world structure in the middle of seas of rectangular buildings is an awesome sight to behold. Alas we were too late for the tour and had to settle with touring the grounds ourselves. Nonetheless, it was great to see the lovely little garden and the interior.
Right across the street was our next stop, the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MOCA), and as we began to walk, it all of sudden got really windy. I mean REALLY WINDY!!!!!! I literally blew into my friend! We ran for refuge in the underground museum where we arrived in time for the free admission period. We did an hour long tour that really was a first for me. The art tour was exactly like in the movies where the guide asks you philosophical and critical thinking questions. I personally enjoyed it very much and think that everyone should do one of these guided tours because I will never look at a picture the same way again.
When we came outside again, the wind was still roaring and it felt like I was in San Francisco again. We somehow managed to make it to the next museum (Geffen Contemporary Arts) where we spent another hour looking at wild structures, doors, murderous Santa Clauses, perverted colours, and more. Looking at all that art sure makes one hungry. Time for ramen! Which was perfect because we were right beside Japantown.
According to Rameniac's reviews, Mr. Ramen and Daikokuya were two great locations for this Japanese snack. Daikokuya was super busy as expected (Line out the door) and unfortunately did not serve seafood (halal meat yo!). So Mr. Ramen it was. The interiors were not much to note of, but the two ladies who served us were really nice. We found out that the windy weather was very unlike LA and I quote "berry weird weather". Like the weather, my ramen turned out terrible too.
*sigh* The day just did not go as I had planned...
FEAR NOT! The night was not over yet. We still had time to check out that curious looking Japanese Village plaza across the road. :D
Anyone who has been a manga, anime, or Asian music fan would know how lovely and exciting it is to be in these little Asian stores especially when you, yourself, are not Azn. (I'm South Asian) There were dolls everywhere, millions of delicious sweet breads, funky drinks of various exotic fruits, knick knacks galore, and more!
High on exhaustion and giddy with excitement (finally!), my friends and I ended the night trying to pop the marble off the bottle so that the drink would explode = EPIC
I guess some things in life really, really cannot be planned, eh?
The Best Ocean Seafood Restaurant dish... avoid.
Timing is Everything
That's right. We went to a live taping of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. How? Because it was PLANNED! We tried for Ellen's show too, but for that you need to start booking tickets online 6 months in advance...
Before we went to the taping in Burbank, we spent the morning in our inn's backyard; the Griffith Park! We went up Beachwood Canyon Drive (where Charlie Chaplin used to live) to see the Hollywood sign. This is the closest you can view the sign from and it was quite an adventure trying to get a photo with it while standing in the middle of the road. xD The roads get really narrow and start winding when you go higher up the Hollywood Hills. A lot of cute houses up there as is common around all of Los Angeles it seems.
Photo op completed and we were up the hills to get a view of the city from above and the world famous Griffith Observatory. Unfortunately, we were too early this time to go inside the observatory. Could have waited one hour more, but could not risk missing the Jay Leno taping. So we headed back to the inn to change into our pretty little dresses because we planned on going out for dinner right after.
Scared that we might not get in (tickets do not guarantee seats...), we arrived too early. xD Having time on our hands we decided to go shopping and enjoy some bubble tea or boba as the rest of the world apparently calls it. When we headed back to NBC studios, we found ourselves cursing because FREE parking was hard to find and just when we found a spot, a car full of *ssholes stole it from us when we were signalling for it! While wearing six inch high heels (not something I do everyday) I walked 10 minutes from the free parking spot, we thankfully found, to the now 137 people long line that had formed. After waiting, getting security clearance, and more waiting, we were finally seated for the show. Seated in the far corner...
If there'd been a musical guest then the seats would've been fine, but nope. No musical guest and all we could make out was Jay's chin in the distance and Mickey Rourke's messy hair. So while watching the plasma screens overhead, we did our work of clapping loudly, cheering incessantly, and laughing uncontrollably even though no one had said a joke. Nothing is free and all this clapping proved it.
*my poor little red hands*
No cameras were allowed, so I have nothing to show but the Leno sign. Overall, experiecing a live taping was quite interesting and has prepared us better for next time. Because next time it'll be Ellen's show!
The Best Sushi Ever!
Los Angeles is a world renowned city and has everything you could imagine, sushi included. When you're in the city of glamour and glitz, you want to pretend to be a part of it too. Having reserved seats beforehand at the famous Katsuya Hollywood restaurant, we made our way inside surrounded by tall, beautiful, and model-like waiters.
Upon entrance we were greeted by all the employees shouting something-asai (some sort of Japanese greeting I could not make out) and seated right by the centre where the chefs were busy preparing seafood delicacies. The atmosphere was chatty, lights were low, and customers were pouring in every 5 minutes.
Now even though you pretend to be rich, you can't keep the act up long when you're looking at a menu where the prices range from $40 to $100... Pooling our money together, we decided to each spend $40 so that we could try the Chef's specialties and the combination plate.
If I had all the money in the world then I'm telling you, I would ALWAYS order Katsuya specialties for lunch! My mouth stills waters when I think about the food there. *drool* If you happen to be in a city where there's a Katsuya, I absolutely recommend you go. It's one of the more affordable celebrity restaurants and make sure to purchase the chef's specialties because you can get your California rolls anywhere.
Still hungry after finishing 8 pieces each, we went back to the Hollywood & Highland Center for some afforable eats and munched away while watching the live taping of a strange show called "How do I look?" Actually, more than strange, as we had thought that the show was about fashion, but instead the host asked two audience members to come up on stage and fight each other for t-shirt prizes...
That's Hollywood for you. o_O
May 1st finally! This was the day that I had come for in the first place. The day I get to attend my first ever KPop concert!!!!!!! YAAAAY!
Well, to say that I was excited would be an understatement. However, first we started our day with free breakfast as usual. After stuffing ourselves and tipping the server, we headed to the Hollywood & Highland Center where all the main attraction of Hollywood are. The night before we had purchased our Starline Celebrity Homes Tour tickets from one of their many street vendors. We were able to convince the seller to let us buy the tickets at the child's admission price! $30 each instead of $38 xD
If you are planning to go on this tour, which is a must for anyone visiting Hollywood, I suggest you make sure that the tour van has an open top. Have the vendor write it down and guarantee it for you and haggle the price down too. There's no use purchasing online, which I had been contemplating even though the price was $34 online instead of $38 regular.
Not wanting to waste our time waiting for the tour to begin, we explored Graumann's Chinese Theater. The theatre is beautiful and in my opinion, better than the Kodak Theatre from the outside. You can take pictures with the hand and footprints of celebrities too. These were much cooler than the stars (not the real people, the star tiles) themselves.
After 30 minutes (which is all you really need to experience the theatre), our tour began. A word of warning, even though it's fascinating to look at the huge ornamental mansions of celebrities, after seeing 50 you kind of get bored. That wasn't the case with us though because our guide was hilarious and a great storyteller! Your experience of the tour will definitely depend on your guide.
Halfway through our 2-hour tour it got really hot so I had to take off my leather jacket. The weather is not what you expect in Los Angeles. The only time it's actually hot is between 11am to 4pm. After that it's super cold! That's why most people here (besides tourists who come unprepared) wear jeans instead of skimpy shorts. Perfect weather for all you Muslimahs or anyone who is modest and does not like showing excessive skin. :D
At the end of the tour we came back to Hollywood & Highland and tipped the guide for a great job. His name was Matt because we liked him; Jeff if we didn't. xD
Grabbing a quick lunch at Quizno's, we walked around Hollywood Blvd. for some pictures with the street impersonators (dressed up as MJ, Marilyn, SpongeBob, etc), shopping, and the other tourist attractions closeby (El Capitan, Disney Store, Wax Museum). While shopping at ZARA, we saw a stopped fire truck and asked a fireman if we could take a picture with the truck.
"You can, but it's gonna cost you."
o_O Don't tax payers pay them? Anyway, he was joking (thank goodness because the SpongeBob impersonator wasn't) and took a picture of all of us on top of the fire truck!
The 2010 Korean Music Festival
It was almost 4pm now, so we went back to the Orange Court at the H&H Centre where all the busses were. We didn't take our car to the Hollywood Bowl because I've heard insane stories of how crowded it gets and the huge traffic jam that occurs after the show is over. That's why we took the $4 shuttle to the Bowl. My sister friends opted out of the Korean Music Festival (KMF) however; they thought it was too weird. *sigh* All I know is they missed out big time!
The Hollywood Bowl hosts many famous acts throughout the year. It's an outdoor venue and looks wonderful. There's even a free museum, which we unfortunately were not able to check out. We couldn't! Once the shuttle dropped us off we came upon a SEA OF ASIANS! Well, I guess most of them were Korean, but there were other ethnicities as well. I did not stick out as much as the white and black (Caucasian and African) folks though. They were great! A bunch of them were dancing to all the kpop songs that were blasting. The whole place was a giant hullabolooh and I loved it!
There were stalls set-up by many companies, both American and Korean, and all of them were giving out free stuff. You can imagine how crazy we went. We went to every. single. stall and took whatever they gave us. It didn't matter if it was a pen, paper fan, plastic bench cushion, t-shirt, polaroid photo, blow-up beach ball, bam bam, or poster; we just wanted it cuz it was free! And we're cheap.
At one of the stalls you had to fill out a form to get the free Korean FIFA World Cup poster. Now I'm a big World Cup fan, so I had to have it. The form however had to be filled out by American citizens and we were Canadians. So what did we do? We made up the address! But that wasn't even the most ridiculous occurence. My friend who came with me to the concert, even though she does not listen to kpop, happens to be a very tall Asian girl. There was a stall giving out free blankets (most functional item being given out) and there were SWARMS of people surrounding it. Being taller than most of the folks there, she pushed them aside and made it to the front. I, on the other hand, am very short and got stuck in the crowd. I literally could not move and in the end got pushed out! The crowd got so scary that the security had to call for back-up. My friend being quite eloquent in speech was able to convince the security man to just give her the blanket so she could leave. My friend later told me how she used her bag to cover the shorter people's faces to get the blanket. lol Desperate times call for deperate measures, I guess.
Remember the girl I talked to on the plane to LA? We found her at the Bowl! Well, I guess she found us since I was the only one wearing a bright green beanie and my friend was the only 5ft 8in Asian girl there. We talked some more, took pictures, and went to the noodle booth where you had to play darts to win packs of noodles. I won 5 packs! They tasted really good and the noodle was differnet. It was tube-like and felt thicker. Yummy...
The concert was about to begin so we went through security to our seats. I was so scared when security was checking me. I had hid my video camcorder and digital camera bundled by my jacket in my Adidas bag. Maybe because I had so many bags (from the free stuff the stalls gave out) and there were so many people waiting to go in that the man did not notice the cameras. Or it could have been that I bundled them too well since he opened my bags and even felt around... Either way, I was SUCCESSFUL in sneaking in the cameras!
About food at the Hollywood Bowl. Bring your own! If you buy food from their canteen then prepare to pay a lot of money for tiny a bit of food. My friend got really hungry so she bought fries for $6 and they gave her about the same amount of fries as McDonald's large fries (Canadian size). They took a really long time to make it too.
Weaving through hundreds of people we found our seats in the P section, which was about 1km away from the stage. The view wasn't bad for $35 and the great thing was that even though there was security, fans ran to the front to get a better view. The security had no chance to stop us all. I was even able to video tape with my camcorder! They couldn't throw us all out could they? lol
The show started with the Korean and American anthems. B2ST came out first and the crowd went wild literally. Some trot singers and solo artists came after, which was quite entertaining actually. I didn't think I was going to like listening to classical Korean music or as I like to call it, 'old people music'. Lessang came out and during the middle of concert all the artists came out to sing the Korean World Cup song. They were all dressed in red and I even sang a little. Intermission time and now the sun was almost done setting over the Hollywood Hills. It got really cold and we had to take out our jackets and blanket.
With the beautiful starry night above us, the main kpop acts came out. 2PM brought the house down with Again & Again, Heartbeat, and Without U. The MC HaHa serenaded a girl from the crowd. KARA got everyone dancing to Lupin, Honey, and Mister; and the Wonder Girls brought the concert to a finish with Hot, Tell Me, and the Engrish version of Nobody. All the while, my friend and I video taped, took pictures, clapped with the bam bams, danced, and sang along like there was no tomorrow. It really was the best night of my life and I'm glad I was able to go. With one goal in life checked off, I can rest in peace a little easier if I were to be gone tomorrow. Alhamdullilah.
Exhausted from the late night yesterday and from the entire trip in general, we somehow managed to get up at 9am and leave the hotel for Ontario, California at 10am. The drive took us about 1 hour and on the way we were followed by the view of the mountains I had seen from the plane. These mountains are the San Garbriel Mountains and we could see the snow capped mountains all the way to the Ontario Mills mall.
Although we had done some shopping on Hollywood Blvd and in Burbank, this was really our first time shopping shopping. We spent 4 hours going to over 50 stores! The Canadian dollar was on par with the US, taxes are much lowers in the States, prices are better, and the styles... this was Los Angeles so of course the fashion was great! Wasting money never felt so good.
Next destination or rather destinationS were beaches! Laguna Beach was by far the most beautiful. There was even a wedding taking place when we were there. The sand wasn't soft though. More grainy and wet. The water was so cold that we didn't dare go into it more than knee-high. Newport Beach was also pretty and had the softest sand ever. The last beach was Huntington Beach and we didn't really spend much time there as the sun had begun to set already.
Riding down the Pacific Coast Highway we sped our way towards downtown Los Angeles to catch the last two hours of the Cinco de Mayo festival. Unfortunately we got lost and by the time we arrived it was really dark and scary. Thus, we went to In-N-Out Burger for a late night snack instead. Looked really greasy and I don't know what all the big deal was. Not that I had any burgers, but from the expression from everyone's face, it didn't seem like 'THE BEST BURGER IN THE WORLD!!!!'. More like, 'meh, it's a good burger'.
Fish Tacos! YUMMY!
If you thought we had had enough shopping then you thought wrong. There was still shopping to do on Melrose Avenue, which is known for it's collection of eclectic and funky stores. The better part of our morning was spent on Melrose Avenue between La Brea and Fairfax where the stores carrying items within our price range were. Everything after Fairfax is ridiculously expensive. However, our cheapness did not stop us from going to Rodeo Drive later; home of the filthy rich, horrifyingly expensive, snobbishly high class brand name stores. And cars.
Driving around Los Angeles in our red Nissan Versa wasn't bad, but you start to feel a little self conscious when everyone in town seems to own a beemer, Mercedes, Escalade, Rolls, etc. Even a guy with a mullet who looked like he was living off of his long lost Aunt had a Mercedes! Anyway, that didn't shame us from entering the stores and pretending like we could afford the $300 pair of socks.
Having had enough of the rich and filthy, we went to Westwood where we could be amongst people of our kind; students! UCLA campus is pretty huge, but nothing too out of this world. The students seemed to have more pride for their school than their Canadian counterparts. We got to ride the UCLA shuttle to the campus giftshop even though the shop was only 10 minutes away from the Medicine builiding we were at. The area we mostly walked around was the Science area. Took quick pictures with the UCLA Bruin statue and headed off to Santa Monica beach.
No Venice Freaks, No Beach Cruisers, No Beautiful Memory
My tall Asian friend had previously visited LA 3 times with her family. She came with us only because I had made our itinerary of activities seem tantalizingly delicious. Riding down the Oceanfront Boardwalk on our cruisers in the sunset was one of the activities that had sealed the deal for her coming with us. Alas, beaches aren't meant to be visited after 5pm. By this time all the stores were closing, people were leaving, sun was setting, and the temperature just kept dropping.
Feeling sad for ourselves and having nothing on my list, I decided that the best way to lift the mood was by going shopping! Seriously, what else makes a girl happier? Shopping at The Grove, maybe. The Grove was one of the items that was on my list, but only for situations like this.
Even though the beach isn't the place to be at night, The Grove sure is. This gorgeous outdoor complex is reminiscent of a more classical time. The music in the air was romantic, the lights were dim, and couples were strolling around the miniature courtyards surrounding the fountain. The shopping itself isn't all that great, but The Grove is a definite must for anyone looking to get a feel of old Hollywood.
Park Myself & Pay for Valet?!
Not having had a proper meal, we sped our way to a Korean Galbi restaurant that we had spotted earlier. It was supposed to be $15 for buffet, but upon arriving we realized we were wrong. Not wanting to search for another restaurant we decided to still check this place out. Like most places in LA, there was valet parking, but we didn't want to pay. We said we'd park ourselves, but the valet's like "Sure you can park yourself, but you still have to pay $10."
OMG we zoomed out of there fast! We might as well pay $20 for food and not touch it. :S
After cruising down random streets for 30 mins we finally decided on Korean and had our late dinner at the BCD Tofu House. It was PACKED even though the time was about 11pm. Not surprising really since LA has an awesome night life.
With the beach dissapointment behind us, we slurped up our hot meal and went home to sleep. I mean, inn.
Chicken Taco in a bowl?
Fish taco (loved it) and Shrimp taco (not as much...)
Our desire to cruise down the Ocean Boardwalk didn't die and we tried again on the morning of our last day. The closer we got to creating our memory, the foggier it got. My friends thought it was smog, but it was definitely fog surrounding the entire Santa Monica area.
Leaving the gloominess behind, we went northwards to the much sunnier area of Brentwood. Here on top of the hills (Topanga?) was the Getty Centre.
When you arrive at the Getty Centre first, you are greeted by the sign on perfectly manicured hedges before heading into the parking area. Next you head up the elevators to the mini train station where two trams on each side take passenger to and from the Getty Centre situated on top of the hills. The tram slowly but surely moves up the tracks and you get a view of Los Angeles and the passing freeway below. The doors open and immediately you are immersed in the clouds it seems with angels (employees) welcoming you to this man-made structure that seems perfectly natural amongst nature.
I'm not that great at describing anything, but I don't think even the best writer in the world could pen down how beautiful this place really is. So here're a few photos that hopefully will give an idea.
And a quick note on the Getty Centre, it's REALLY hot up there and sunny. Bring sunglasses, water, and a long day. This place is enormous and there's an adventure in every corner. Plus there's tons of artwork and free tours on many subjects. We went on the Getty gardens tour, which is why you see me with an umbrella everywhere. Umbrellas courtesy of the Getty Centre.
Last Chance to See Celebrities
And we didn't. You'd think there'd be celebrities walking around Rodeo Drive like they owned the place, but nooooo. There were a few folks having lunch who we thought might be C-List celebrities, but they could've just been ordinary folks wearing big sunglasses, hats, and fancy clothes. Or maybe they were celebrities and we just didn't know any better. *sigh
Even though none of us could afford anything on Rodeo Drive, it's still a cool place to check out for the architecture and the little art exhibitions that are nearby. We actually got to see an art exhibition that featured more urban themed works. We also went to the Beverly Hills Pinkberry where celebrities supposedly go frequently. Yep, they weren't there when we went...
Last Few Hours
We only had 4 hours left before we had to return the car. La Brea Tar Pits was the last place we checked out. The tar pit itself is interesting for about 5 minutes, but it's the museum that's even better. We went at 5pm when it's free and that gave us time to check out the entire collection and the gift shop. The museum can easily be finished in 2 hours and is quite kid-friendly with lots of hands on displays.
Even though we'd gone shopping many times in the past few days, I hadn't bought gifts for my youngest sister. We went back to the Hollywood and Highland Center for some last minute buys. Everyone bought something, but I still had not found anything for my sister.
With only 15 minutes left, I was in complete panic mode. I zoomed into H&M and grabbed whatever pieces caught my eye! I think I spend less when in panic mode because I spent $30 on a t-shirt, jeans, and harem pants. You have no idea how relieved I was. Imagine bringing home presents for everyone except your youngest sibling who is 12 years old? Wouldn't you cry? Disaster successfully averted!
LA in a Nutshell
I could go into how we went back to the hotel to pick up our lugguge, zoomed to a nearby burger place for dinner, filled up our gas tank, dropped off our car at Hertz, and waited in line to get on the plane, but I won't.
The six days I spent in LA were not only eye opening and a huge milestone for me, but it was also exhausting. Los Angeles is a huge city with millions of things to see and experience. We drove down every major street you can think of, saw all the main attractions detailed in travel books, and made the best memories with my gal pals that was possible. So would I go to LA again? Hell yeah!
MY DETAILED TRIP EXPENSES
Flight & Hotel = $1,684.84 = $518 each
(Internet, parking, and all-you-can eat breakfast included)
Breakfast tips = $1 per day = $5
Car Rental = $150.17 = $37.54 each
Car Insurance = $150?? = $37.50
Korean concert tickets = $37.50 each
Parking = $20 approx
Starline Celebrity Homes Tour = $30
Katsuya = $40
Other meals = $50
Gas = $10
Shopping = $500 approx.
TOTAL = $1,275.54 US
Thus, $212.59 spent per day.