Monday, May 12, 2008

Hostels in LA

First off - LA hostels should rule the world. Never in my life have I enjoyed my stay anywhere... a great little hide-away in LA. The Vibe - just full of gorgeous young Europeans, most of them just returning from snorkeling in the South Pacific.... Free breakfast, bbqs, live music, dancing - a movie room with cushy chairs, a giant big screen TV. Pool tables, bingo, karaoke - private rooms are fucking awesomely decorated. I mean, it is a photographer's dream....

Completely affordable at - $22 for a dorm and $65 for a private.
Love this place. When I go to San Fran, I am going to do the hostel thing again... Heard they are even better than the LA set-up

As always, the best part of any trip would be the people that you meet..... And so far, I have made so many new friends and contacts just by staying the night here. So many email addresses and people to keep in touch with for when I go to Europe.... many are couchsurfers, they make Europe seem so easy and so approachable...

A few nights ago I stayed at the Banana Bungalows hostel on Fairfax, near Melrose. Went out wandering on foot, found a bunch of live music at a 24 hour little dive bar. Half a diner, half a smelly bar with peanuts. The bartender told me that whatever I could drink - I could drink for free. Just badbadbad news... since I never go out anymore (being a single female traveling in strange cities is not a great idea for party-time, you get lost, hit on, mugged).... I got pretty tore up - met tons of people though. Met a hair-band who took me out and showed me how to spray my hair and make it big in the parking lot..... The music was fantastic, bought some CDs...

Been shooting a lot and often - I leave LA...... right now, actually. Headed for D. Brian Nelson's little hole in the wall in San Diego for two nights...

Not happy with my scheduling for California at all.... my route just zigs and zags all over the state. No idea what the hell I was thinking, backtracking all over the place..... I go from LA, San Diego, LA, San Fran back to Santa Barbara for the Lightning in a Bottle fest - maybe LA again if I want to continue making money for Alaska... and then up to Sacramento? Jesus - my scheduling was just plain stupid.... either that, or California is just too much state to book....

I am so hungry - luckily the hostel is having free grilled cheese sandwiches.... ah, I love this place. : )

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you hit a goldmine. I've heard some hostels to be dumps. Obviously not the place you are at. Sounds like you are constantly moving. When and where do you find all of the time? Do you ever run out of gas(Besides Hoover Dam)? I can think of worse places to driving around than California. At least you have the sun out there. You rock London!
PD

Kev said...

Grilled cheese sandwiches make everything better :)

I've lost two cell phones, one I think dropped at a dock, the other I'm pretty sure was stolen. Since they were both pre-paid, I wasn't too worried about getting a bill run up. Just hope whoever ended up with them had fun and didn't make too many obscene calls to my contacts. Except my ex-girlfriend, they can say what they want to her.

And I think you're supposed to zigzag across California. The state's design seems to encourage it.

London Andrews said...

Time is something that I never really have - especially if I am getting lonely on the road and I overbook my schedule to compensate. Cali is just nuts for me - I am all over the place. I am even considering backtrekking to Vegas to shoot with Ransom again.... ha - my schedule is just out of control right now.

I ran out of gas one other time, but it was right in front of my mom's house in NY - My car just died as I drove up to grab the mail. I had to call triple A, the guy was just laughing his ass off at me. I was 10 feet from the driveway.

Oh cell phones - first off, I hateeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee cell phones. I did not have one the first year that I modeled, it pissed all the photographers off - so eventually I gave in and bought one.... I still rarely use it. I check messages once a day, and email people if I can.

My first cell phone, flew out a car window... now sure how? And the second one, I dropped in a hot-tub at this really lame ass modeling shoot - It was only two days old. The crappy Razor that I had, I had that thing for over two years.... crazy how that works.

MDiva said...

Awesome post. I might have to try out a hostel this year. :)

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