Boy, I’m going to California!
After postponing for a long time (almost my whole life), for some silly reasons and also for other serious ones (drama queen detected), I decided I should prioritize my exchange program in 2015. I studied English since I can remember, but my Capricorn perfectionist personality prevents me from speaking fluently for fear of making mistakes. And I felt that living abroad for a while could help me with this issue. Once I decided the time of year (Summer) and time (four months) I had to decide where to go to.
Los Angeles was a city I knew very little about, but I already enjoyed pakas (lots, in Portuguese). And the opportunity to live with a great friend of mine (Cris <3) in a beach town doesn’t show up every day. So I packed my bags and with butterflies in my stomach I landed in the so-called LA LA Land to find out all it could offer.
Living in Los Angeles
When it comes to LA there are two types of people: those who love and those who hate it, and I am part of the first group. Los Angeles is an ordinary city and you hardly know how to explain why you find it so nice. There will always be lots of things to do, from hiking and going to the beach to infinite clubs and new restaurants to try. All year round there are some cool events happening in the city. The routine here is not having a routine!
Studying in Los Angeles
I studied for four months at EC Los Angeles which is located in Santa Monica, very close to the 3rd Street Promenade. The school structure is very good, my colleagues are from all over the world and the classes schedules also allow you to enjoy your days. However, teaching is not rigorous, so if you are not very disciplined, probably you will not study beyond classes. In my case, the homework was made on the bus on the way to school! I think I left my discipline in Brazil… I’ll tell more about this in the next post!
You will hardly find someone who can proudly say he’s “born and raised in LA”, after all, Los Angeles is the American city with the biggest diversity of people. Perhaps that’s why they have so many “welcoming people” that make you feel at home anywhere you go. And not to mention the Latinos, of course, which are scattered everywhere and personally me encántan.
Los Angeles is also the ideal starting point to explore other places. Disneyland. Holy Cross. Monterey. Malibu. Long Beach. Los Angeles. Highway 1. Laguna Beach. Huntington Beach. Big Bear. Manhattan Beach. San Diego. Hollywood. Coronado. Lake Tahoe. Pasadena. Carmel. Beverly Hills. 17 Mile Drive. Solvang. Palos Verdes. You will hear about all these here on the blog!
That’s it! For some California is a case of love at first visit, a love that happened to all the girls who write here and the best part of it: a love that we do not care to share with everyone. CONTA LÁ was made for this! To spread our love for Califa, to be our meeting point even with all the distance separating us, and to talk about everything that is happening in our lives. Stay a little longer …