This weekend, I had the awesome opportunity to do some Los Angeles exploration!  My exploration started on Friday night with a trip to In-N-Out Burger, followed by a trip to West Hollywood for Millions of Milkshakes!  It was the most delicious evening I’ve had in a while.

After the delicious meal and dessert, I went over to the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) with friends.  We didn’t go into the museum, because it was closed, but we hung out in the famous lamp installation outside of the museum.  The location has been featured in numerous movies, including No Strings Attached!




After the LACMA, we went over to the heart of Hollywood to walk down Hollywood Boulevard.  There, we saw the Chinese Theatre, the famous Roosevelt hotel, and our favorite celebrity’s stars on the Walk of Fame.  The street was closed for the LA Marathon which would happen the next morning, so we even got to walk on the middle of the street!

photo-99Then we made our way over to Santa Monica to take a stroll on the Santa Monica Pier.  At this point, it was later at night, so the beach and pier were pretty empty.  It was really cool to be in a major tourist attraction without a lot of tourists around – it made me feel like a local, and I really got to enjoy the pier! The trip to Santa Monica ended our evening.

Saturday, I spent the day working on homework!

My LA Exploration continued on Sunday with a trip to West Hollywood (again) for Urth Caffe, a really trendy organic restaurant that a lot of USC students like to go to.  It was my first time going to Urth, and it was absolutely glorious!  It has become one of my favorite spots in LA.  After lunch, I went to Melrose Avenue to go shopping, and then to Amoeba music to finish off the afternoon!

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Sunday night, I went to bed  early!  I was exhausted from all of the things I did over the weekend, and I wanted to start off the school week with a  good night’s sleep!  It was really fantastic to be able to explore all of the things LA has to offer.  Not everyone can say they went to Hollywood on a Friday night.  I guess that’s just another perk of being a Trojan!

Samantha Kaplan-2015

Samantha Kaplan-2015

Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2015, Learn more on her profile here!