I have been to LA 5 times in the last 5 years. That’s quite a lot for someone who doesn’t even like the city. I’d much rather be going to New York each year or visiting new places. But every summer I attend VidCon and over the years I’ve accumulated more and more friends in LA (friends who already lived there, or since moved there – stop moving to LA, people!)
When I was 17 I visited New York City for 5 days and I just got it. I could feel the energy of the city and it spoke to me. This sounds so corny but it’s true. I feel at ease in New York, it makes sense to me. When I first went to LA I didn’t get it at all. I couldn’t immediately get a sense of its vibe and so it confused me. It was so sprawled out and I didn’t have a car so I couldn’t explore in the way I wanted. No-one walked. What the?! Being a Brit and living in London for the last year and a half walking is my jam. I walk everywhere. It’s how you discover new places to eat, drink and dance. In LA you have to know the cool places to go ahead of time and then drive there. And then you can’t drink because you’re driving. How uncivilised.
LA was soulless to me. It had no heart. Nothing pulling me towards it. Except bloody VidCon every year. I always thought LA was a great place to visit. I could see all my friends, hang out on the beach, go shopping in Santa Monica, get my nails done, maybe do some hiking. Maybe. But I couldn’t see myself living there. All that time spent in your car waiting in traffic. It taking hours just to get to the other side of the city. At least when I spent 40 minutes on the tube I can read my book. You can’t read whilst driving! I guess that’s why audio books and podcasts are so popular. But I love my physical books!
I was recently on a trip to Las Vegas and I thought I might as well go see my friends in LA for a few days whilst I’m in the area – “the area” being based on a British perception of the size of the USA. I was only there for 3 nights and I was staying with my friends who have a place by the beach (score!). I realised that this was my first in LA when VidCon wasn’t happening and I started to like it. I got to feel more of the rhythm of the city and hang out with my friends when they’re not stressed/exhausted from VidCon. I had a meeting in Hollywood about a new web series I’m making, I went to the Getty Museum with my friend Alex, I organised a dinner with a bunch of friends in Venice, went to brunch, hung out and filmed some videos with Laci and went to my friend Karen’s birthday drinks. That’s more like it.
Five days was all it took for me to fall in love with New York but it took me five years to fall in love with LA.
Are you an LA or New York kind of person? Or neither? Which city in the world would you love to live in? Let me know in the comments!