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Old 12-28-2011, 10:42 AM
 
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it breaks my heart that so many people from overseas dont respect it the way I do
Exactly from where overseas, could you be more specific?
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:45 AM
 
Location: La La Land
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Proof that L.A. isnt the cold, hard, fearful place that outsiders and the media love to portray it as. I really do appreciate reading about LAHopeful's wonderful experience in my hometown. My love has run deep since the day I first realized what spectacular city I was born in. There are so many more things to do and fascinating places to see there and it breaks my heart that so many people from overseas dont respect it the way I do but instead are just greedily exploiting it like a dirty feeding trough. Smh...
As visitors every summer for the last three years, we find ourselves constantly amazed at the variety of everything the Los Angeles area has to offer. We greatly look forward to this summer and a whole 6 weeks of LA!!!! We have lived in New York City for 50 years and explored the East Coast from Florida to Maine. Can't wait for the opportunity to relocate to LA some day!

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Try visiting the northeastern United States and that Walmart robot in Oakland might seem quite pleasant!
Worst customer service on the continent is in the Northeast, especially the NYC metropolitan area. EVERY other area including Canada somehow has more politeness to be found at their retailers, restaurants and hotels, and even on the street!!!!
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:49 AM
 
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Hey guys,

The Griddle was decent, nothing spectacular and the line up was very long (as usual). It's a pretty hip place to go, lots of people in their 20's and it was VERY live. We just had breakfast and their pancakes were actually better than IHOP in my opinion.

As for Griffith Observatory, I can't begin to tell you guys how much I loved it. Just walking up and taking photos every two steps was really fun. The views are magnificent and the inside was very insightful.

I will post some pictures later on and definitely look forward to visiting again (for a longer stay this time).
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Old 12-28-2011, 01:27 PM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA
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Hey OP, I know exactly how you feel!

I went to visit California for about 17 days.

In 17 days I probably saw more of California than most people have lived there for years.

Drove around EVERYWHERE....San Diego to San Francisco stopping at all the hot spots.

Almost all the beaches, etc etc.

Bottom line is: I cannot wait to move to Southern California.

It's just awesome and my kind of town.

I currently live in Michigan and it SUCKS. I've been here for more than 10 years.

I'm from Brazil and I think the LA area reminds me of my home town in Brazil. That probably has to do with it.
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Old 12-28-2011, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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As for Griffith Observatory, I can't begin to tell you guys how much I loved it. Just walking up and taking photos every two steps was really fun. The views are magnificent and the inside was very insightful.
Can't trip out to Zeppelin or Floyd laser shows like in the old days (yes, uh..."insightful!"), but the planetarium still has some pretty cool shows, and they're still pretty cheap for a unique entertainment.
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:52 PM
 
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Yep, I can't wait to move their either. I plan to go there for my internship come third year.

@bigdumgod: I can't believe you guys had shows like that! We have ABSOLUTELY nothing like that here, or even had in recent memory (that I know of).
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, Calif.
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Exactly from where overseas, could you be more specific?
Not really, because that would be irrevelant as long as you didnt read anything perataining to you particularly.
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:45 AM
 
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So I finished my trip to SoCal and LA, and I just keep getting amazed every single time I go.

The "ghetto" areas of LA were not that apparent this time around, as we just focused on more of the touristy sites as well as some local areas around the LA and San Francisco neighbourhood.

The atmosphere was incredible! Coming from Canada and seeing all the lush greenery paired with the blue skies and subtle breeze made it feel like it was July in December. The palm trees just added to that tropical feeling while maintaining the metropolitan feel especially in down town.

We only had one day to spend in the city of Angels so we decided to drive through Hollywood, and check out one of the joints I went to last time (The Griddle), followed by some photos around The Screen Actors Guild and just a stroll around Sunset Boulevard. I spotted some amazing cars including my personal favourite, the Ferrari California. However, we didn't spot any celebrities but it was alright, as the surroundings more than made up for it.

After visiting Hollywood, we went to Beverly Hills for a drive around to see the absolutely magnificent houses and the posh neighbourhoods with beautiful and tidy streets lined with palm trees as tall as apartment buildings. We drove all the way to the top and spent about 30 minutes at the Mulholland Scenic Overlook to take some pictures with the family in the surroundings, and then proceeded to Griffith Observatory (pointed out by a fellow City-Data member *thanks by the way*). The observatory was breath taking, we parked about 15 minutes away and walked up the hill taking pictures of the Hollywood sign, the panoramic views of Los Angeles as well as the observatory itself. We then drove back down and turned onto Los Feliz Boulevard which was very clean and I liked it so much that I intend to purchase a Condo there pretty soon. After all the sightseeing, we paid our respects to the Vermont Gurudwara before heading back to our hotel for the night.

Overall, the experience was brilliant and I wish that we had more time to explore the surroundings. There are just a couple things that I didn't like in the area (I may have just run into some bad circumstances so I won't generalize) the biggest thing that really bugged me was the customer service in the retail stores. We went to a Wal-Mart (albeit in Oakland .. I know) and the girl that rang our things through didn't say hi or make eye contact for that matter, she just kept her head down and started scanning the items (at a snail pace) and then just asked for the money once it was all done. I encountered the same type of service at a few other retail chains but whatever, it didn't deter my interest so it's okay. I have been back in Canada for about 24 hours now, but find myself continually looking through my pictures to recreate such an amazing city and state.
You mean the Crips and Bloods didn't chase and rob you? I heard they like to rob Canadians now because Canadian money is worth much more than it was in past years (or is ours worth less?)
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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Hey OP, I know exactly how you feel!

I went to visit California for about 17 days.

In 17 days I probably saw more of California than most people have lived there for years.

Drove around EVERYWHERE....San Diego to San Francisco stopping at all the hot spots.

Almost all the beaches, etc etc.

Bottom line is: I cannot wait to move to Southern California.

It's just awesome and my kind of town.

I currently live in Michigan and it SUCKS. I've been here for more than 10 years.

I'm from Brazil and I think the LA area reminds me of my home town in Brazil. That probably has to do with it.
It never rains in southern California!
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:42 PM
 
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Nope didn't get robbed by any Crips or Bloods, and our currency was higher than USD but not anymore ..
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