If you know someone from New York, then you know a true New Yorker thinks that they live in the greatest place in the whole world. Our pizza? Better. Our bagels? Also better. Our city? The greatest place on Earth. We’re the best, and we’re not really shy about telling everyone how we feel about that.
Before I go on, I should provide a disclaimer: I’m from Long Island. Now, some will argue that doesn’t make me a true New Yorker but I completely disagree. I walk fast, I talk even faster, and I have every neurotic tendency of someone living in the East Village.That being said, I was obviously tentative about visiting my college roomie on the West Coast in L.A. The whole easy-breezy thing isn’t really my style. I also hate driving, and you’re guaranteed a 20 minute car ride to get anywhere in L.A.
I took my chances and went into the trip with an open mind. Katy Perry makes being a California girl sound like a lot of fun, so why shouldn't I enjoy the benefits of being a West Coast girl for a few days? Here are some of my trip highlights while I tried to hang loose with my Cali counterparts.
I got a fabulous mani. (Psst, you can look at my article on gel manicures and see it for yourself!) Both NY and L.A. are fashion capitals, so you can get a good manicure in any city. But the extra posh touch that L.A. adds to everything made this manicure more special. Expensive? Yes. But fabulous? Most definitely.
The food was unreal. I’m gluten-free (check out my favorite snacks here), which means my days of grabbing a quick slice from the hole-in-the-wall pizza place are over. L.A. is unbelievably accommodating to all dietary needs, including my roomie who’s dairy-free and sugar-free. Even if you’ll eat anything, like our other BFF who joined us on the trip, the food is still something different, exciting, and overall delicious.
Twenty minutes isn’t actually far. I got over the driving thing very quickly. On day three we took the hour drive to Disney, and the car ride went by in a blink. Once you stop thinking about an hour car ride as long, you realize that L.A. has so many attractions close by, everything from the tourist bus rides of Hollywood to adorable beach towns. Once you hop in the car, you could never be bored!
So would I give up all my New York pride and move to L.A.? Probably not. I love my city with its dirty subways, tall buildings, and crazy but wonderful people. But I would definitely go back to L.A. for another visit. The laid-back attitude is refreshing, and easy to transition into when you’re on vacation! Then when you land in JFK, you can go back to telling people to move a little faster because you’ve got places to go and people to see.
Have you changed your mind about a city you've visited? Tell us in the comments!