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Travelling to Los Angeles California – think twice.
Have you ever dream of visiting Los Angeles? Does Hollywood excite you? If yes then hold that thought right away and read this blog, even I was surprisingly shocked after living here and discovering the facts about LA, Yes they call it LA locally, It is comprised of multiple cities Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Malibu, I know places have their good and bad points. Every big city looks good on TV but once you get there and have to work as opposed to going on vacation, It’s a different ball game. TV has glamorized L.A. Places like LA actually make it more difficult for you to be happy. Let’s find out why say no LA.
The bus connectivity is not frequent, No direct trains to many destinations, you really have to walk a lot even to reach the station. All you have to do is hire a rental car, book Uber, Yellow cab or Lyft for you and trust me car renting is also way much more expensive then you think. In short forget about public transportation if you are coming here. There is no facility in LA.
LA has traffic all day everyday and everywhere even at 2.00 am on weekends, don’t get pissed off you can’t do anything about just deal with it. Don’t get road rage. You must have heard about big freeways in LA, traffic goes high even on 8 lanes big free way. You can’t reach anywhere on time because of traffic and tourist who are renting car it becomes more expensive for them.
Food, gas, living cost and tax are killing local people here in LA, In compare to east coast everything is almost having a double price here, For visitors, you have to pay for parking wherever you go, some places charges 15$ per hour. If you are vegetarian you will only find Pizza and Mexican food in your plate and that to way expensive. Specially we Indians are having a habit of multiplying everything by 60, this leads to think us more expensive also.
If you are dreaming of meeting Hollywood starts, buying latest fashion cloths or visiting world’s most fascinating and exciting places then hold your heart beat, There are nothing more exciting about LA, All the tourist places which your travel agents are showing you or the pitchers you are looking at internet, Trust me, All tourist destinations are not much exciting, except few, There is nothing to see in Hollywood sign there are no bulbs now as earlier it used to be, Beaches are good attraction but you can’t go inside the water is freezing it’s so cold, Hollywood blvd nothing to see, you may find tourist taking selfish and walking in bulk, Its too dirty you never want to visit again in life, Los Angeles doesn’t have a center and Downtown LA is full of homeless people staying on the roads. There nothing to see in downtown LA,
On Christmas, Don’t get wonder if someone just comes on skating board and snatch you phone or purse because it very common in LA. Don’t think of getting your money back if someone randomly calls you and introduced them self as FBI officer, Tax Officer or Immigration Authority, they will ask you give some money or else they will put you behind the bars for no reasons or any other life threat and you report this to local police station or directly to FBI, No one will help you or listen to you, The response will be It’s LA it happens forget and move on.
Everyone has different point of view and I have shared mine, what life is in LA as I am living here every day and dealing with it. May be some people find it easy to deal with it and fit in easily.
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