The last thing I wanted to do in LA was to go to Beverly Hills, so that’s what I did on day 31 so I would have the last two days to pack. First of all, public transport in LA is really as bad as they say. Until now I took the train mostly, or the bus for short trips but I took the bus to Beverly Hills and I was in there for about an hour (after the machine took my 5 dollar bill and didn’t give me anything back) and the busdriver told me that this was the last stop, while it wasn’t supposed to be according to the app I used.
I didn’t do much on day 29 because I wasn’t feeling very well. Despite the good weather here I have a cold and I decided to stay home for most of the day so I’d hopefully feel better the next. It sort of worked, I’m feeling better now. However, I did do some groceries and I went to a store to buy basketball shoes for my sister but they didn’t have the ones she wanted.
Today I went to San Pedro with a friend to take pictures. We went to Averill park where I saw turtles for the first time in their natural habitat, we took pictures (I got to use an old film camera) and then we went to this street where you can overlook the entire town and after that we went to another park, Point Fermin park, the very end of San Pedro. Where a city once sunk.
I made a list of some things I still wanted to go to/see while I’m still here but for some reason both of the museums I want to go to where closed today. So I changed my plans and went to Azusa – a city about an hour away from Lincoln Heights. I heard about it because it’s the last stop of the metro gold line, the one I take almost every day. I guessed it’d be close to the mountains as it’s further from the city and I was right.
This morning I took the bus to City Hall to visit the observation deck, that looks out over all of LA. When you come in you have to put your bag & everything you have in your pockets into baskets, go through airport-like security and even show your ID to get into the building. Once I was up there, the view was amazing. The sky was pretty clear so you could see as far as the mountains. I took a lot of pictures there and someone started talking to me. It was quite random but also really nice as he had lived in LA for a couple of years and could tell me about what exactly I was seeing.
Saturday I went to Arts District in North Hollywood and sunday I visited a program at the Womens Center for Creative Work, calle Making Art During Fascism (hosted by Beth Pickens). It was very interesting and fun to be able to talk about Trump, politics & activism with like-minded people. I was the only non-american there and I’m happy to see that there are plenty of people willing to do something about the current situation.
I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do this day so I just took the train downtown. I talked to a girl from Amnesty International and I might be getting coffee with her to talk about politics and what not. After that I went to a mall to go to Target (oh my god that store is huge – I’m pretty sure they sell every single thing you could possibly want to buy there) and then I took the train to Hollywood where I walked around for a bit, past Hollywood forever cemetery and then finished it on Hollywood boulevard.
I met Superman today. Someone spit on Donald Trump’s walk of fame star (it wasn’t me, I swear) and I saw a lot of young artist trying to make money by selling their music. A lot of people with big dreams come to LA, they sing that NY’s lights inspire you but you come to LA to fulfill those dreams. Superman was a guy from Ukraine who hopes to make it into the movies one day. But for now he walks up and down Hollywood Boulevard in a Superman suit to make money.