I have had the pleasure of experiencing LA for nearly 2 weeks. It’s truly an experience unlike any other vacation. Something about it strikes you at first and makes you feel like you’re in a completely country. Whether it’s the the sights, the stars, the expensive objects (some of which you can only find there), or the amazing food there’s something for everyone to savor (no pun intended).

Colleges

As we all now California has a large number of great schools. There are nine UC schools that offer both undergraduate and graduate education. UC San Francisco is only a graduate and professional school. The nine UC colleges are UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, and UC Merced. These schools are all great institutions to perfect your to-be-decided craft. But, it doesn’t come easy. You have to work extremely hard to get accepted into a UC (University of California). Just this past year, Stanford, one of the biggest colleges in California (although not a UC), saw its acceptance rate drop down from 5% to 4.3%. And other colleges such as UCLA are now down to around 15%. Aside from that though I visited some of these schools. The schools I visited were: UC Santa Clara, Stanford, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, and UC Irvine. They all had a consistently great atmospheres with great student aid programs. Not only that, many of these colleges have courses you take; notably in Engineering and Medical. There’s something for everyone to see at these schools. I personally found some of these schools to be places were I feel like I can excel in the future and feel safe at the same time. Also, the fact that there are so many big companies and schools here means that you get special perks that a student can truly appreciate.

Food

California is home to some great fine dining places as well as America’s most iconic burger chain, In N’ Out. There’s a wide spread of options each at a different price points and they’re all quite good. If you’re a budding chef looking for a big break, and you’ve got enough money to do it, this is the place. Though you’ll face lot of competition, there’s so many customers of many different backgrounds to market your restaurant to that you’ll probably have a decent customer base. All in all there are some many places to eat and so many opportunities for chef and for the average customer.

I dined at my hotels and at a assortment of restraunts. Hotel food, as we all know, is very overpriced. And for me, I felt like it did the job of filling me up. Other than that, we went to many restaurants, notably seafood. We ate at The Fisherman’s Wharf at a restaurant called Cioppinos. The best thing about it is that they get the fish fresh from the ocean right behind the restaurant. We also ate at a couple of Indian restaurants but they were nothing notable. There was one place though that managed to surprise us. The Golden Dragon Restaurant is a Chinese restaurant that serves dim sum by day and a regular menu by night. It’s just amazing. Everything there is perfection.

So when you go to Cali remember to fill yourself.

Hollywood

The world famous Hollywood sign was put in place in 1923 by a real estate developer. Originally meant to stay in place for 18 months to advertise properties. It originally read ‘Hollywoodland’. The sign remained in place long after it was intended to, and in 1949 the word ‘land’ was removed.

Hollywood is quite literally America’s most famous area. And yes…I visited it. But, to be honest, it was a lot of hype. All there is to see is the grand houses and the expensive shops. Yes, there are movie premieres. Yes, there’s the Hollywood walkway stars. But when nothing is happening, you don’t get much. All you’re left with is a mildly enjoyable experience in which you may or may not see someone famous.

California is a beautiful state with great opportunities. There is tons of great food. But, other than that many of the places you visit are overhyped. But all in all I enjoyed my experience.

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