My favorite places so far.
It’s been tough these past few months, but luckily I am finally going to be settling down next month at my own place for a year. I’m really relieved because I feel like I’ve been homeless, which is fine if I’m chilling at a hostel while traveling, but not ok when I have a full time career to juggle on top of other commitments. Anyways I’ve spent a lot of time complaining, and really hating life, so I have been exploring quite a bit these past few weeks, and starting to find places I really like.
1. Venice and Santa Monica. I’ve been to Santa Monica before, and loved it, and just visited Venice recently, and it’s really the perfect city in LA in my opinion. It has the combination of edgy, yet it’s still trendy, and has some upscale nicer areas without having a snotty vibe. It’s very bohemian, and chill, very different from the Orange County crowd and vibe. I love it there, and would move there easily if it wasn’t so far away from where I work.
2. South Bay. I go to Redondo Beach every week for Spanish practice, which I suck at, but hopefully will improve. The beach there is beautiful, and the three cities Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo are so close to each other literally all within 1 mile of each other. South Bay is not as cool as Venice, and definitely very vanilla in comparison, but I do like that it’s less touristy, less crowded, and you can actually hear the waves! The beach area around Redondo reminds me a lot of San Diego.
3. Long Beach. Where I’m moving to actually. Not only is there a Whole Foods that I frequent all the time, but there is yoga at the beach, which I go to every week, there’s an art district, a downtown, also really cool nice neighborhoods. Belmont Shore is really classy and more upscale, without being too uppity like Newport. It’s very clean and beautiful. I’m so happy I’m moving here next month, I feel like my life can finally begin again.
Just noticed all of these are along the coast. Yeah not a fan of inland LA, or inland anywhere in general. Also all of them have Whole Foods. I might be a little obsessed …