Hi Denmark! Another virtual postcard from me to you. It’s extra long this time, because I had my boyfriend visiting the past two weeks, and it is his first time in Los Angeles (and California) so we’ve been doing the big guided tour, going to Palm Springs, driving 12 hours north to San Francisco and eating a lot of great food. Here is a little (big) recap of my last two weeks more or less.
First day we went to the Santa Monica Pier, a very touristy place, but a sight worthy none the less. It’s a loooong pier with roller coasters, ferris wheel, food joints, Japanese tourists all over the place, and a beautiful view over the ocean. This is the big entrance and little me.
We had a very typical American snack – The Corn Dog. A hotdog inside out, and the batter is sweeter. It’s so fucking awesome.
Yum yum yum. There is gonna be a lot of “yum” pictures in this post.
Then we went for a walk at Venice Canals, which is the cutest place on earth! Weird, pretty, cute, beautiful, awkward and original houses side by side along five canals with small bridges to cross. I want to live there when I retire, but unless I’m gonna end up making billions, that is not gonna happen, because The Canals is the most expensive place to live in Los Angeles. I’m wearing jacket by Opening Ceremony, shirt by H&M, shirts by American Apparel and sandals are Weekday.
Next day we went to get the best tacos in town, if you ask me. Escuela Taqueria; La Otra. That’s the name of the place and the have to-die-for tacos and chips. I always walk out from there thinking that if I should – God forbid – get hit by a car right there, it would okay, cause I would be truly happy. My boyfriend, Mikkel, loved it as well.
Especially this one taco is what makes it all worth it. It’s pork belly (not as gross as it sounds) and it tastes like a piece of heaven!!!
We also went to Palm Springs. If you read one of my last posts, you will remember I already went there with some friends a couple of weeks ago. This time it was only me and Mikkel and four days at Ace Hotel. I the middle of the dessert, that’s the destination. And it’s a little drive of 2,5 hour, so fuel was needed, the food fuel. Best fast food burger in USA is In’n'Out. Cheap as McDonalds, taste 100 times better. Plus they have the best milkshakes in town.
Off we went to Palm Springs after this great meal.
Arrived late in the afternoon at Ace Hotel. This is the view from our room. It was a little cloudy on the first night, but the following days it was clear sky again. Even with a little overcast, it’s still 40 degrees celcius in teh daytime in Palm Springs.
This is the view from the ppol. And this view was pretty much the only view we had for three days. We only went out of the hotel once, to eat a big ass steak at a restaurant, but other than that everything you need is at Ace. Food, sun, pool, drinks, music, tv, bed, breakfast, lunch, dinner. I highly recommend this place if you ever go to Palm Springs. I love it there.
After four days in the pool and with a sunburn on my butt, we headed home. On the way home, we went on a little adventure though, to a ghost town called Salton Sea. In the 50′s a bunch of rich people tried to make a paradise in the middle of the dessert. The created a big lake – the size of a small ocean – in the middle of the dessert and build houses, hotels, restaurants, tourist traps and schools and attracted people who wanted to be a part of the new tourist heaven. So a ton of people went to live there and make business there. Unfortunately the paradise had one problem. The “sea” wasn’t a real sea, and the minerals in it didn’t work so well with the fishes. Two times a year the shores would run over with dead fish as far as the eye could tell. Seven meters out from the shore, dead fish. It smelled awfully, and no one knew how to fix it, so eventually the town got abandoned. There are still a few people living there, but most of the city is a deserted city, with empty houses, old signs falling apart, ghostlike roads with names like Beach Heaven Road, Shore paradise Drive, King Sea Drive etc. It’s really fascinating and scary at the same time.
The sea still kills the fish, and the beach is covered in dead fish like this. You are literally walking on top of dead fish bones, shells and a lost city.
I think it is so creepy, that a town can be abandoned like this. It was like the abandoning happened in seconds, people leaving everything they had, and just left.
After a flat tire, a ghost city and a insanely hot dessert, we drove home through Joshua Tree, a national park in the dessert. The landscape was moon-like and incredible to look at. I’m wearing my favorite dress by Wood Wood and sunglasses by Opening Ceremony x Rodarte
Back from Palm Spings, and next morning we went on another adventure – a 600 km drive to San Francisco. Again, a pit stop is needed, and so is fuel. Neptune’s Net is an only seafood food place on the Pacific Highway 1, around Malibu, and it’s a really authentic diner with bikers and fried food.
Didn’t I tell you, fried. Fired seafood love. Clams, shrimps, calamari, cod, crabcakes and fries – all fried and served with dip. What more can you ask for? Shirt by Comme Des Garcon.
Due to a lot of pit stops, we entered San Francisco late in the night, but next morning we got up and explored the Berkley area, where the college is – look how Harry Potter like it looks! If I had to go to college, I would go to a school like this. Looks so full of inspiration compared to KUA on Amager – boring!
Then we went into the San Francisco area, and walked around for 12 hours, before we returned home. I really came to love San F, and one day I wanna move there I think. Of course I will move to Los Angeles before San Francisco though.
This spot might seem a little insignificant, just by looking, but it is a history landmark. The shop and apartment above housed Harvey Milk, the first openly homosexual man to be elected to public office in California. He started a movement, which is still being honored today, plus the whole area, Castro, is swept in the rainbow colored flag. Harvey Milk was shot and killed shortly after he had been elected. Watch the movie Milk with Sean Penn in the leading role. Sneakers by nike, jeans by Diesel (skinzee), Kenzo sweatshirt and Moschino fannypack.
We drove home from San Francisco sunday, but took a detour through Yosemite National Park. It was absolutely amazing, i’ve never seen anything that grand and beautiful. We sadly don’t have any landscape like this at home in Denmark, and pictures do this place no justice. But anyway here is a picture of the “Tunnel view” in the park. It’s filled with river, lakes, water falls, mountains, wild nature and bears, mountain lions, birds, and squirrels. If you ever go, remember to take a mental picture, cause that is the only thing that will do this place justice.
view ever. I’m scared of the water, but managed to swim from one side to the other, with out Mikkel holding my hand haha.
Okay, last picture, I swear. The last stop out of the park, was the great sequoia trees. Trees so big cars can drive through them, and as tall as a plane standing up. It was mind blowing. Take a look yourself, this is me in front of a fallen Sequoia tree, by the roots. Wearing A.P.C. dress and nike shoes and Moschino fannypack. I wish i could go back, but the drive up there is too long for me to embark on by myself, and my boyfriend is sadly leaving in a couple of days. I don’t want him to, but on the other hand I will be seeing him in two weeks, when I myself are returning to Copenhagen.