I come from a town called Stockton in Northern California. My knowledge of L.A. consists of big buildings, heavy traffic, and pollution. To me it’s just another big, intimidating, and easy to get lost in city. I’ve never thought about visiting or exploring it; it has only ever been somewhere to drive through t get to Disneyland. When I came to Long Beach for college I still didn’t feel like I was going to Los Angeles and I still haven’t actually been to it. The city is just a strange to me as it was the first time I drove through it. I don’t know what’s good and bad to write about. I don’t know what’s interesting or boring when I see it. I don’t know if everybody knows about the building I’m seeing or if its story is obsolete. I really know very little about L.A. Apart from the stereotypes associated with the city.
I feel completely lost when I go to the city. Truthfully, I feel like a foreigner anywhere in Southern California. This wouldn’t be so strange if I came from another part of the country, but I only come from the other half of the state. It’s strange to realize that I live in a state so big that I’ve never actually experienced it’s most populated city. Everything there is going to be strange and new to me and that’s just a little bit scary. The city itself is intimidating, but I’m sure it holds some of the most unique stories.
The point I’m trying to make is that I get to experience L.A. as a mostly blank slate. For the first time in my life I’m going to be looking past the bad traffic and smog. I get to see the things that make it so special. Maybe I’ll even start to understand why so many people choose to call it home. I might not know what I’m going to be experiencing, but I’m looking forward to seeing Los Angeles in a whole new light.