OK, I’m getting out of order with my trip, but I’m here!
It’s true what they say about LA traffic, it’s insane. That said, I made it here in one piece, and navigated many interesting interchanges on the way.
I like my apartment, except for the fact that it has no furniture yet. They have furnished apartments but they cost $3300+ a month, so I instead rented a $1750 (I know, rents are high here, but I’m in a great location) 1-bedroom and will buy a few pieces of cheap furniture, probably at the thrift store. I’ll just donate it back when I leave.
It’s a gated complex, with real locked gates, even for pedestrians. The streets have a quiet, community feel to them, there are people and families hanging out at the fountains in the evening. It’s nicely landscaped, with mature trees everywhere.
Here are a couple of views from my apartment- it’s great, an unobstructed view facing east towards downtown and the mountains, and the observatory at Griffith park up in the hills.
I’ll be back soon to tell more about my trip through the mountains and Utah, with some photos.