What a time to be alive: Los Angeles

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What a Time to be Alive: In LA

a recount of our short, but jam packed, trip to LA.


Day 1: Early Flight

And I mean, early. I’m actually a huge fan of early flights for a couple of reasons though! I love arriving to our destination early in the morning because it allows us to get the most out of our first day of our trip. and I’m a sucker for plane sunrise photos! Clearly!

Well, first things first, once we arrived, we were starving. So, as soon as we landed, we headed to breakfast. I usually pick the restaurants we go to while on vacation in advance because I have serious FOMO and always want to be at the cutest/best places. This time, though, I let Taylor pick our dining places. He picked Republique in Central LA. And woah! What a cute little place! I’m literally obsessed with this place and I can’t wait to go back on our next trip down to LA! Every little detail is designed so beautifully, from the tiles on the floor, to the natural lighting. Definitely my aesthetic! Good job Taylor!

Taylor ordered a Chorizo bean dish, which was actually one of the best things I’ve ever tried! I ordered a slice of the vegetarian quiche! We both ordered Lattes….  a regular latte for Taylor and a Matcha Latte with Almond milk for me. 10/10 from me!

After Breakfast we had some time to kill before our check-in to our Airbnb, so we decided to head to LACMA. Taylor has never been to LACMA and has been itching to go for some time, so we decided that we would walk to LACMA! It was a fairly short walk. Living in Portland we are used to walking everywhere, so it was a nice little stroll for us!

We generally pack light on vacation, but even then we were happy to find out that LACMA has a free bag check while you’re in the museum. It was nice not having to lug our bags all throughout the museum. We strolled through LACMA together for a couple of hours! Then, when we saw everything to see, we decided to sit and people watch in the park for a bit. It was so nice to soak up the sunshine. This is the time of year that Portlanders really start appreciating sunshine. (haha)

By this time, it was time to check into our Airbnb. We ended up staying in a cute little apartment near Venice Beach. After we checked in, we took an Uber to the boardwalk and got a quick bite to eat and a beer. We then walked down the boardwalk, which is like normal people watching, but on steroids. There are so many interesting characters on the Venice Beach boardwalk. We then sat on the beach and watched the sunset! 

After the sun had set, we took an Uber back to our Airbnb and literally laid in bed watching Forensic Files! lol, it has become our Tradition to watch bad cable true crime television every time we are on vacation! So random, but one of my favorite parts about vacations.

Day 2: Disneyland

Okay, disclaimer: I love Disneyland! I have so many happy memories at Disneyland from when I was younger! So, it’s impossible for me to not like it! I always try to go to Disneyland every time we are in Southern California. Taylor is fairly new to the Disneyland obsession, but he gets it. He is particularly excited for Star Wars land, which I believe opens up next summer!

We decided that we were going to head to Disneyland as soon as they opened for the day, so that we could get the most bang for our buck! We literally spend the entire day at Disneyland when we go, which can be exhausting, but worth it to me!

We started the day by going to Toon Town right away! We wanted to get some pictures before that whole area was bombarded with children. The nice thing about going to Disneyland right at opening on a Tuesday is that there is relatively no one else there! For the first like 3 hours, we never waited longer than 10 minutes for any rides. Even Space mountain was a 10 minute wait. YES!

My niece Leah, who has a season pass joined us a little later in the day. Once we had done everything we wanted to do at Disneyland, we headed over to California Adventure. Our first stop was the newly added, Incredicoaster! Which has quickly become one of my favorite rides at the Park! Now, I know most of the rides at Disneyland don’t compare to the rides at six flags, but I think the thing that makes Disneyland so special is the storytelling in each ride. Disney does such a great job of completely immersing you in the story! It makes the rides so more than just a scary rollercoaster, and to me that’s genius.

Since it was after 5pm, the park was a little bit busier, so we weren’t able to go on as many rides as we did at Disneyland. We had some dinner and some snacks, and then rode on a couple of other rides. We stayed until California Adventure Closed, and then headed back to our airbnb, where we watched tv in bed (yes, you guessed it, forensic files).

Day 3: Aubrey and the 3 Migos

The day started out a little slow, we slept in. This was the only day we were going to be able to sleep in the entire trip, so we truly took advantage of that. When we finally got up, we decided to head to In-N-Out. There are no In-N-Outs in Oregon besides the one that is literally 5 hours away from us, so we always have to go at least once when we’re in LA. After In-N-Out we headed to the beach. We hung out at the beach for a little bit and then went to grab a couple beers while we watched the Dodgers game! I have become quite the baseball fan lately. Taylor loves baseball, his team is the San Francisco Giants…. so naturally being the ornery wife that I am, I had to root for their rival team! Plus, I’m a southern California girl at my roots. So, Dodgers, naturally. After finishing the baseball game we went back to our Airbnb, got dressed up a little bit and headed to The Forum in Inglewood to see Drake.

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The whole reason we came on this trip! If you know me at all, then you know that I absolutely love Drake. We saw him a couple years ago in Seattle, but we were in the nose bleeds that time around, so I was so excited that we had floor tickets this time! I’m usually the person who lives in the moment at a concert and doesn’t like to take too may pictures during a show, but… like, this was Drake. I had to take a few ;)

Migos opened up the show, which was so fun to see. I like Migos, but I don’t think I would ever pay to see them alone. Yah know? They we great though, put on a great show with so much energy! It was so great being on the floor around so many people who were hyped to be there. #Blessed

Then Drake came out and the Energy escalated 10 fold. Everyone was so hyped! There was a point during the show where I turned to Taylor and said that “I was so happy, might cry.” I did tear up just a little. We danced the rest of the night away, and I left with the biggest smile on my face!

After the show we were pretty exhausted from dancing all night, so we headed back to our airbnb and had the greatest nights sleep.


Day 4: Coming Home

Our last day was a pretty mellow half day.

We got breakfast in Santa Monica. Then we walked to the Santa Monica Pier and soaked up some last minute sunshine on the beach. After that, we headed to the airport to fly back home.

I love short trips like this, I think they are the perfect length! I get pretty homesick after a few days, especially missing our sweet cats at home and worrying about how they are doing. So i’m usually pretty happy to be heading home. But always looking forward to the next adventure!