L.A. Mania - My Family Travels

Two years ago I went to Los Angeles and Hollywood, California. It was a great experience. It opened my eyes to new ways of living and I had a blast touring the cities. California was the chosen place for the year’s annual choir trip. I was so excited about going on this trip that I told all my friends at school. I could hardly wait to see a celebrity so that I could take their picture. I’ve always dreamed of taking the stars pictures just like the paparazzi. The plane ride was rather long, four hours but coming back it seemed like only two.  I sat next to this girl named Cherry; I really didn’t know her well but later she became my best friend.

We flew into Los Angeles airport (LAX). It was so dark I really didn’t see anything great like the welcome to LAX sign. On the next day, we toured Los Angeles. There was the graffiti along side the freeway that you just do not see in Texas. Many people had numerous tattoos. One girl was even dressed like one of the cartoon characters, Homie. She wore converse tennis shoes, dickey pants with a white t-shirt and deep dark make up. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought I would see someone dressed like that.
Hollywood was amazing too. I got to see where they host the MTV Awards in addition to where the rich and famous shops on Rodeo drive. Although I didn’t see any celebrities on Hollywood Boulevard, I was so excited just being there and knowing that this is the place where people like Britney Spears live and where I would like to spend the rest of my life which made the trip worth while. We also took pictures in the mountains where the bright HOLLYWOOD sign is located.
We visited the breath taking Venice beach. The sea walls are covered in graffiti; the only thing that was in its natural state was the sand and the water. The air even smelled different and the water was so beautiful just like in the movies. The palm trees were gorgeous and huge. After leaving the beach we went to Disneyland. It is beautiful. I rode the fastest rollercoaster ever. Its’ speed was 60 mps.   There were a lot of people so could only  ride a few rides; however, we climbed five flights of stairs instead of taking the outdoor escalator which was a horror after we were half way up the stairs it was too late to turn back to get on the escalator.  
My mom was a chaperon which made it cool. It wasn’t like “oh no, where is my freedom”. This trip gave us an opportunity to experience all these great adventures together and our bond as mother and daughter grew stronger.
I really enjoyed this trip. Los Angeles expresses itself through creativity and fashion. It was beautiful and there are no two cities alike. In Los Angeles the people are very complimentary too. One girl who was working in a souvenir shop told me she liked my nails, they were polished black and pink. I would love to go back to Hollywood again. I really enjoyed myself from the music to the bright colors of their buildings. Everything had the vibe of being cool and relaxed. I remember coming home and just wishing I was still there, then reality set in and California is just a place where I will have to wait to see again, hopefully before I turn thirty years old.

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