California Dreamin’

It had been over 3 years since I last traveled. That wasn’t always the plan, but then Covid-19 came along and put an abrupt stop to those travel plans. While I have never personally been a huge traveler, my girlfriend has managed to change that and introduce me to a world I never really pictured. You see, it’s important to mention my girlfriend here, because this trip wouldn’t have happened without her being in my life. I’ve been in a long distance relationship with her for the past 6 years, and the reason for this trip to Los Angeles was solely to be together again, after being apart since the beginning of the pandemic.

I’ll skip the information about covid protocols, and tests needed in order to safely make this trip happen, and perhaps will touch on it in another blog specifically about that process. However, this post is all about the sights I had seen and the places I had went.

Let’s begin with Catalina Island; talk about something out of a movie! This beautiful Island is only accessible via Ferry. It has wonderful little shops which are run by locals, and you can find some of the best seafood I’ve personally ever had at Blue Water Grill, which on the outside slightly resembles a bait shop you’d find in Maine. It overlooks the water, and adds to the ambience of a small fishing village. The island is complete with mansions spread throughout the idyllic mountainside. The Island itself isn’t very large in size, but it’s picturesque and peaceful which makes for an incredible day out.

Next on our stop is The Staples Center. They have since changed the name to Arena, however the name isn’t as important as the event we went to. Being a hockey loving Canadian, going to see a Los Angeles Kings game was on my ‘must see’ list of places to visit. Due to Covid, ticket prices were incredibly cheap, and the view wasn’t bad for the price we paid. It was an incredible experience to walk around outside of the arena to an area called Stars Plaza. This is where statues of former greats who had made their impact across all sports are showcased, including Kobe Bryant, Wayne Gretzky, and Shaquille O’Neal.

The last place i’d like to mention, is the ever famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Unfortunately the Walk of Fame itself is pretty underwhelming. It’s one of those things that sounds neat, but when you actually experience it, you’d rather go get food somewhere. It’s a busy area, so you can’t really have your head down searching for names, but it was an experience and something I can say i’ve now seen in person.

Overall, I would recommend visiting California. There is so many more places and things to mention, but I’ll save that for another day.

Which places have you visited recently? What was your favourite experience of your trip?

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