Playing Tourist

There are some areas that are just typical tourist destinations in Los Angeles, which locals usually try to avoid. I visited one of these places, and it was an experience.

Friday, 5/27/2016

I had a half day at work, and really wanted to visit Universal Studios again. Although none of my friends were able to join me, my friend Karina told me that she and some friends of hers would be in the “Hollywood and Highland” area of LA around the time I would be getting off work. Hollywood and Highland is a major intersection in the heart of Hollywood, crowded with tourists and people dressed up in crazy costumes. There is also an outdoor mall where the Dolby Theater sits, so it’s almost always heavily trafficked by cars and people.

L to R: Karina, me, Jessica, and Suzie

I arrived and miraculously found a spot on a residential street without any restrictions. I marveled at this nearly impossible feat in Hollywood. I grabbed myself a drink from Coffee Bean and headed to the mall to meet Karina and her two littles from the sorority, Jessica and Suzie. The four of us sat and talked for two hours, learning new things about one another, people-watching the crazies, and bonding over shared interests. It was delightful! Karina also gave me an amazing birthday present: a silver cuff that reads “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” So it turned out that I was able to get a bit of Harry Potter in my day!

When it was time to head home, we said our goodbyes and took a cute selfie. As I walked back to my car, I was stuck behind an extremely angry Spider-Man, cursing and flipping off foreigners. It was unnecessary, but hey, it’s Hollywood, so I kept my distance and I tried to keep my laughter to myself. Overall, a fun and low-key afternoon with my sisters!

-Girl in Los Angeles 🙂

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