California Day 2: Shopping, Hammer Museum & More Shopping

Los Angeles, Los Angeles, don’t ever let them change you …

– The Bird and the Bee

Since I screwed up real bad the day before with the whole walking to the store thing, my mom and my aunt vowed to never again walk long distances for the duration of our trip.

My dad decided to drive us to the mall complex after finally hearing about our fiasco when he woke up the next morning.

First we stopped at this gem of a grocery store called El Super. WHY DO THEY NOT HAVE ONE OF THESE ON THE EAST COAST?! THE PRODUCE IS SO CHEAP!!

After buying wayyyyy too much food for the fridge in the hotel, my mom realized she needed a knife to cut the fruit so we went to the 97ยข store to get one. I also ended up buying some nail polish because the nail strips I was wearing were already coming off.

Kleancolor Nail Polish in the shade Silver Lining

Kleancolor Nail Polish in the shade Silver Lining

Then we went over to Kmart where I found this lovely top for $5! They charge tax on clothes in California though. :/ So it was like $5.50.

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After we went back to the hotel to drop our stuff off, we took a trip to LA to visit the Hammer Museum. As soon as we got there, my dad and I went crazy on their awesome spin top chairs. (My aunt refused to sit on them, and my mom only sat for like one spin before screaming her head off).

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We walked around the galleries and then my parents enjoyed a game of ping pong. I was terrible at it.

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Then we tried to visit the Getty Museum but the parking lot was full so we went back to the hotel. Before heading to our room, we asked the friendly bus driver on the street nearby how much the bus costs.

$1.10 guys. NEW YORK MTA, GET IT TOGETHER!

My mom, aunt and I decided to let my dad take a nap while we went to the Shops at Montebello on the bus. I bought these Seventeen brand oxford shoes at Sears. I love them so much! They’re like sneaker boots, if that makes any sense. So comfortable too!

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Stay tuned for day 3 (Labor Day) tomorrow!

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California Day 1: Walking to the Wrong Store Location in Montebello

Last week I went to California with my family! I’ve decided to document my 6-day trip with a daily blog post of my adventures. We stayed in a hotel in Montebello, and visited Los Angeles for the majority of our sightseeing trips. Here’s what we did on day one!

Hoped off the plane at LAX with a dream and my cardigan …

– Miley Cyrus

After a long flight and a long wait for the rental car, we made it to our hotel to find that our room wasn’t ready. So, to kill time, we went to the Domino’s Pizza place in Montebello because by then it was already 6 p.m. New York time and we hadn’t yet eaten anything since breakfast.

Cue the pizza pig out.

(Side note: Check out this ginormous fish in the hotel lobby’s fish tank!)

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After the pizza we decided we wanted to fill our mini fridge with some groceries, but my dad had already dozed off and my mom was too scared to drive as a tourist in California. So we went by foot. The walk was only supposed to be 20 minutes long, so my mom and aunt agreed to it.

We stopped at Starbucks for free cups of water. The Starbucks in Montebello has a drive thru! Whattttt!

The scenery in Montebello is so gorgeous. Everyone has such beautiful shrubs and gardens.

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We even saw a lime tree!

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So after 20 minutes of complaining about the crappy pathway we had to walk on to get there (the concrete was severely damaged by tree roots), we finally get to the last turn on the Google Maps directions.

But instead of the supermarket we ended up at the supermarket warehouse, which doesn’t sell to the public. Oops.

My mom and aunt were so pissed. We tried waiting for the bus to go back but it never came. Until we started walking again.

Figures.

Anyway, we found a cute kitty in the Starbucks parking lot on the way back to the hotel.

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The time difference caused me to fall asleep at 9 p.m. and wake up at 6 a.m. California time. #Jetlagged.

Stay tuned for day 2!