Kelsey HayneComment

Los Angeles

Kelsey HayneComment
Los Angeles

Two weeks after touching down in the United States, I was already scouting awesome flight deals for my next adventure: Southeast Asia. I heard there were fabulous prices out of Los Angeles, and figured it would be a great opportunity to visit some friends too.

Santa Monica

While wandering down the pier, there were so many incredible photos popping out to me. After almost a month of excruciatingly uploading the five months of European photos to microstock websites, the endless streams of shops and people flashed rejection possibilities like "model releases, property releases, trademark/logos" in my head, and shut down a lot of amazing photographs that I wanted to take. 

Parmahansa Yogananda's Lake Shrine

This was an unexpected surprise. My friend suggested going, and I had no idea what to expect. I didn't realize that a center was established by the man himself. It felt calm and tranquil. As the website says: "Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine is a temple, shrine, and meditation garden offering people from around the world a quiet oasis for meditation, prayer, and receiving the teachings of Parmahansa Yogananda. All are welcome". It was established in 1950, celebrating his 13th anniversary of his work in America with 1500 people in attendance. The house boat on the water was occupied by him, which is very surreal to have been somewhere that Parmahansa Yogananda had such strong ties. 

Hollywood Sign

This was a fun day. It was about a 7 mile round trip hike. It's amazing how many times I believed we were almost there. The sign got bigger, but the road kept winding around the mountain. Lots of exercise and uphill incline. Oh my quad it hurt to sit after that. I knew it didn't matter because I would be chilling on planes for 22 hours. The walk down took way less time. I can see why it's so popular to hike in LA. It's an amazing social adventure with great company. 

Griffith Observatory

Quite a tourist trap, but it's worth it for the stunning views of the city below. You can see everything, including the Hollywood Sign. There is a Tesla induction coil in the museum, but looked nothing like the one in Belgrade, Serbia. Can someone tell me why they are so different? After wandering through the museum, we enjoyed some relaxing minutes in the cafe overlooking the city. Smoggy city, but still, nice views ;)