One Day in LA, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA
This post is a retelling of how I spent my one day in LA. After doing the TEFL course in Nicaragua I found a job teaching English in China.
To get there I had to go through Los Angeles.
Due to unforeseen circumstances I got stuck in LA, but luckily it was for a full 24 hours, and I had a friend to stay with, so I got to spend one day in LA.
I left Matagalpa to catch the 1620 express Managua. It all worked out sweet. I ate subway, which was my first taste of “fast food” since being in Central America. Everything non-Nicaraguan seems very expensive now. My flight to FLL (Fort Lauderdale) was fine.
How I Happened to Spend One Day in LA
Unfortunately it took two hours to clear customs. There wasn’t any specific problem, it’s just that they decided to only put on one immigration officer for non-us citizens. Needless to say I missed my connecting flight to L.A. I managed to get on another one that leaving a couple of hours later, but only gave me 30 minutes to get my Singapore Airlines connection to Singapore. The Virgin America lady said I’d make it. I’m not sure why I believed her, but to be fair, I had no other option and it was worth the shot. No time to eat.
I landed in LA but I was too late. They wouldn’t let me board but re-issued me another ticket for the next day, same flight. I figured I would not be spending any more than one day in LA so I told them to just keep my bag.
My One Day in LA Saviour
I was going to just stay at the airport for the 24 hours but thought Id just put a shout out on Facebook just in case. As it turned out, Beirman (a friend from Camp Blue Star) had moved out there just under a year ago and got back to me pretty much straight away. He picked me up around 1900. Still no food.
We headed back to Biermans flat in Santa Monica and then went for some food. Best god damn burger I’ve had in a long, long time. Perhaps it just tasted better because I hadn’t eaten in 24 hours or so, or perhaps it was just because I hadn’t tasted good red meat since living in Nicaragua. In any case, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it now. Had the burger and a beer, then went to a place closer to his apartment for a couple more beers, pool, and fooze-ball. It was exactly what I needed. Good food, good beer, good company, and lights out around 11.
The Remainder of My One Day in LA
The next morning I managed to get in the first hot shower in months, then hopped on a bus to Venice Beach. I had to be at the airport by 1145 but wanted to see at least something in LA. Venice Beach was on the way to the airport, sort of, and is pretty famous. If I recall correctly it is where Jim Morrison first showed his keyboard player his poetry and they decided to form a band, at least that’s what it said in the movie.
Getting to Venice Beach by Bus
An all day bus pass on the Big Blue (bus) is only $4.00. All the bus drivers are super friendly. Also it was nice that everyone spoke English and could understand me.
It is not crowded in LA, i.e., the density of people isn’t that bad (vehicle traffic is different). It is however the 2nd most populated city in the US (the first being New York. It’s just that there’s a lot of space. Also, the weather is amazing all year round. This day was a bit cloudy, but not cold, and apparently it doesn’t vary much.
On my way out I got a $6 fruit cup. It was ridiculously delicious. Pineapple, mango, strawberries, kiwifruit and watermelon. Sooo sweet. The fruit in Nicaragua was always very bland.
Getting From Venice Beach, LA, to the Airport (LAX)
It was coming close to the end of my one day in LA, so from Venice Beach I jumped on the bus to the airport. It cost $1 to get to the bus station, then a free shuttle. Got there for 1145 on the dot. Seemed a bit early to arrive since my flight didn’t leave until 1500, but lucky I did because I nearly ended up missing the flight due to the issues with the ticket.
Next Stop… Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
My contract in China doesn’t start for a little while so I am going to stop off in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) first, which is also where I’ll get my Chinese Visa.
What would you do with one day in LA? Let us know that (or anything else you want to say) in the comments 😀 .