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Rainy Day In Los Angeles – US Travel Diary 1

Though Emma Inks has only been in existence for just over two years, the idea of starting a blog began in Los Angeles 10 months before. It was my first time visiting the West Coast of America and I really wanted to share my travels in a diary style.

Since I was back where it all began I thought it might be nice to bring my blog back to its foundations and share my travel diary so you guys could come along with me on my trip.

If you prefer a quick read there will also be plenty of tips and highlight posts to come, and if you want even more I am also vlogging the entire trip.

This may seem like overkill but travel is my passion and I want share it!

Day 1, Los Angeles

Waking up in our cute little beach house in our Airbnb host’s back yard I sprang up early ready to hit nearby Venice Beach; one of my favourite areas in LA. Pablo and I stayed in the area with a couple of friends 3 years earlier and spent our morning sipping on a smoothie at a beach side cafe in the blazing sunshine – a glorious way to start the day and a meal that I could not wait to repeat.

Venice Beach Los Angeles

Unfortunately, we were not so lucky with the weather this time round – uncharacteristically we were met with grey skies. I was convinced that the famous LA sunshine would burn through the clouds at some point so we set off early in search of breakfast.

Stepping out of our apartment we bumped into our Airbnb host: a friendly Mexican lady with stereotypical bleach blonde hair and blinding white teeth. After a quick chat she pointed us in the direction of her favourite breakfast spot which was conveniently just across the road.

Superba Entrance Venice Beach Los Angeles

Jet lagged I was in need of a strong coffee, which I got and so much more. Superba was a cool brunch spot with excellent coffee, an in house bakery and fantastic brunch (post coming soon).

Brunch Superba Venice Beach Los Angeles

Still convinced that the weather would change we decided to walk along Lincoln blvd until we reached Santa Monica Pier. This isn’t a pretty route, mainly filled with practical places like garages, grocery stores and fast food places but was interesting to see how residents go about their daily lives outside the postcard picture areas.

Nasty Gal Store Los Angeles

Taking a left we made it to Santa Monica’s main shopping area where I made my pilgrimage to Sephora and Nasty Gal. Feeling pretty poor after the pre Christmas shop we didn’t stick around for long and made our way to the pier instead.

Santa Barbara Pier Los Angeles

There were a few tourist meandering around but there was something pretty sad seeing a rollercoaster whizzing around with no one on it, so we moved on pretty quickly.

Santa Barbara Los Angeles

Santa Barbara Big Wheel Los Angeles

Finally hitting the beach we strolled along passing all kinds of people; couples on holiday, guys trying to find treasure with metal detectors, surfers bracing the miserable weather to catch a wave and homeless people surrounded by their worldly possessions curled up in the sand. This diversity was what drew me to the area on our last visit but as we reached closer to the pretty little cafe I mentioned previously in this post we were greeted with the reality of Venice Beach’s grittiness. Without sunshine drawing people in the beach all that was left were the permeate residents.

Venice Beach Los Angeles

Emma Inks Venice Beach Los Angeles

There were hundreds of homeless people gathered in groups or under make shift shelters. Distracted by the sunshine and excitement of my first trip to the west coast I had rose tinted glasses on, and I was shocked at how oblivious I had been to the extent of the problem on my last visit.

Venice Beach Sign Los Angeles

Making our way back towards our little hut we passed people living in rows of tents before turning onto Abbott Kinney, a cool area with indie boutiques and restaurants. The stark difference between these two areas, only minutes from each other, really struck me. I know there are similar problems in most large cities but like most things in America it just seemed bigger.

Venice Book Park Los Angeles

Going for lunch at cool buffet spot, Lemonade, seemed insensitive after seeing so many people struggling on the streets but it is such a mammoth problem that I felt helpless.

Lemonade Los Angeles

As the jet lag set in the heavens opened and the rain did not stop all night, so we grabbed a pizza and stayed indoors. Despite my excitement about starting our month long trip I could not shake the thought of people so close by suffering in the storm whilst I was curled up in a warm apartment.

This reality check has made me determined to pay attention to the problems in the places I visit instead of being blinded by the positives.

If you want to find out how you can help with the Los Angeles homeless crisis, the LA Times has this article with a list of resources.


  1. jessieann48 says:

    I would absolutely LOVE to visit LA – your photos are amazing! Can’t wait to see the rest of your travel diaries 🙂 xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

    1. Emma says:

      LA is rough around the edges but also so amazing!!

  2. Emma Julia says:

    I was really surprised at how much we enjoyed our trip to LA – it’ a rough diamond!

    1. Emma says:

      It really is! Everyone said I would hate it but I find it so interesting

  3. mrsp84 says:

    Can’t wait for your next installments

    1. Emma says:

      Hopefully they will be coming soon…

  4. Louis Halpern says:

    Don’t worry about the weather in LA!! It was just overcast and did not rain.
    I’ve only seen pictures of Bondi Beach bathed in sunshine. People tell me they move there for the climate. I went to Sydney Australia multiple times for business in one year. Each time the rain came down in buckets. I decided in every picture of Bondi there is lots of photoshop 😉

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