photo journal: los angeles

It was so lovely revisiting Los Angeles for the first time in four years. Not just landing in LAX for a transfer, but being able to step outside and feel those LA vibes.

Fortunately, it worked out that all of my cousins from my dad’s side were also in town, which made for a rare and special reunion. It was so great seeing family and catching up in person.

While my Friday and Saturday were mainly busy with family events (and lots of very, very good food), I was able to explore quite a bit on Sunday. The day started with a visit to UCLA (my cousin is starting school there), then a trip to the Getty Center, and a final stop at Venice Beach.

It always amazes me how much you can do in just a day!

steep canyon trailhead, orange county


I was shocked at how large the UCLA campus is. It is likely double the size of where I went. The sheer size of the campus calls for a lot of walking, but the unique architecture, tall trees, and beautiful flowers make it  enjoyable.


I absolutely love visiting art museums of all kinds, especially ones in big cities (since they usually host a wide variety of the best pieces). The Getty mainly showcases American and European art, ranging from classical to impressionistic. I was hoping to also see modern and contemporary art, but the Getty did not have this style.

The Getty has stunning architectural features, an incredible cactus garden, and outstanding views of downtown LA. The views are worth visiting alone. Plus, there’s no admission fee, just a $15 parking fee.

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la views

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I’ve always visited Santa Monica but never Venice beach. Venice has a completely different feel – it’s more grungy, edgy, quirky, and off beat. The beach walk is weird in its own unique way, creating an identity of its own from the more proper Santa Monica.

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I’m a sucker for long walks on the beach, and this was one long walk. The beach stretches a good two miles along the ocean. The water was quite chilly at this time of year though; so it wasn’t great for swimming, just enjoying the view.

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LA has so much to see and do and so much great food to try. Every time I visit, even if the trip is short, I love trying new things and exploring new places! I can’t wait to come back and see more.

p.s. west coast is the best coast

aerial view of the rocky mountains



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