Los Angeles Travel Tips: 13 Things to Know Before You Go to LA

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– Yellow Productions Presents
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13 Things to Know Before You Go to LA,
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I’m Chris, this is Yellow Productions,
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I do travel guides that are fun,
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informative, and entertaining
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and in this video, I’ll tell you things
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you would like to know, before you go to Los Angeles
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and there’s gonna be 13 of them, so here we go.
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Number one is that Los Angeles is huge,
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or should I say, it’s yuge?
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Los Angeles is really, really big,
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if you’re coming on a trip to Los Angeles
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and you’re staying for probably anywhere less than a month,
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you won’t be able to see all of LA,
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there is also no center of Los Angeles,
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right now I’m in Downtown Los Angeles
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at the LA Live District,
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this is probably Downtown LA’s closest to the center,
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but you can’t stay here and just walk to everything,
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like you can in a lot of big cities
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and so you will need a rental car,
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if you wanna see a majority of the attractions,
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LA is really, really spread out
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and the other thing to know about Los Angeles
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related to it being huge, is that LA is comprised
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of many, many different cities,
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so when people say Los Angeles,
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they’re also referring to cities
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like Beverley Hills, Santa Monica, Malibu,
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those are not neighborhoods of Los Angeles,
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those are actually their own cities
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and I think Los Angeles is composed
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of about 50 different cities,
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there’s also Orange County,
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just to the south of Los Angeles County,
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many people consider that part of LA as well,
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except people who live in Orange County,
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then they’ll say it’s completely different.
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Okay, the second thing you’ll wanna know,
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before you come to LA is traffic
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and what will you wanna know about traffic?
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Well, LA has traffic everywhere and all the time,
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all day, every day, yes, even at one a.m. on a weekend,
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just deal with it, there’s gonna be traffic,
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don’t get pissed, don’t get road rage,
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it’s just gonna be slow
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and just use Google Maps and see how long it’s gonna take,
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there’s a phrase in LA, that everything is 20 minutes away,
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except when there’s traffic
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and in that case it’s 60 minutes away,
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I’ll tell you, that may be true,
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but if you’re going Downtown LA to Disneyland
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on a busy traffic time, it might take you two hours,
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so really plan those routes about ahead.
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The other thing to know about traffic and driving
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is that the freeways, they have names,
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you know, a lot of people refer to things
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like the I-95 on the East Coast,
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well, here, we don’t really call it the interstate,
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we call it the 405, we call it the five,
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we put the word, the in front of the freeway
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and they also have names, it’ll be like
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the San Diego freeway or the Santa Monica freeway,
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’cause they have names based upon where they’re going,
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so those are things that you’ll hear, when you’re here.
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The third thing to know,
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when you come to LA is about public transit
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and there’s a lot of people
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that say Los Angeles has no public transit
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and I’m here to tell you that’s actually not true,
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Los Angeles has a really, really nice subway system
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and it’s a clean, modern subway,
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it doesn’t go a lot of places, it runs through
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Downtown Los Angeles, it goes up to Hollywood,
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great if you wanna go through Hollywood
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up to Universal Studios
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and it’s pretty cheap, adults are a dollar 75 a ride,
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seniors or disabled are like 35 cents on off peak times,
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so if you are going someplace the subway goes,
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check it out, the subway stations
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are decorated pretty nicely
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and they just opened the Expo line from Downtown LA,
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which will actually take you all the way to Santa Monica
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from Downtown Los Angeles, if you take that.
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Okay, but the last thing to know about public transit
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is LA has a lot of buses,
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but you might not wanna ride the buses,
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a lot of parts of the world, buses can be great,
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efficient modes of transportation,
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in LA, you’ll probably be sitting on a bus
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next to people, who smell bad
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and generally the bus is not considered
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a prime method of transportation in LA.
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Number four, parking, so, ’cause you followed
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my previous tip and you’re gonna have a rental car,
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you’re gonna need to park it at a lot of attractions
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and the things to know is that parking in Los Angeles
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is often valet, almost always costs money,
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is often very limited and has really small parking spaces,
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the only place that you’re really gonna get free parking
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is probably when you’re driving on the 405 freeway
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and it’s rush hour and you’re not going anywhere
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and so therefore you’re parked on the freeway,
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that will likely be free,
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but if you’re parking on the city streets,
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particularly in Downtown Los Angeles, Beverley Hills,
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Santa Monica, pay attention to the street signs,
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they have bizarre regulations here
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about what times you can and can’t park,
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typically during morning rush hour, you can’t park,
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afternoon rush hour, you can’t park,
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there’s like two hours in the afternoon, you can park,
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one hour in the evening, you can park,
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some residential areas will have signs,
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that say, like No parking Monday through Friday,
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these times, no parking anytime Sunday,
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they might as well have a sign that says Go Away,
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pay attention to those signs, you don’t wanna get a ticket,
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I have, so I’m telling you that from previous experience.
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Number five thing to know before coming to Los Angeles
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is about navigation, so obviously
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to be able to park your rental car someplace,
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you’re gonna be able to drive it and navigate it,
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so LA has a lot of roads and a lot of routes,
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my number one recommendation
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is if you don’t have a GPS or a phone with GPS,
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get a GPS in your rental car, you’ll want it,
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the roads here are super confusing.
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The other thing I’ll say is it’s good ahead of time
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just to kind of know the exit,
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that you’re gonna take off the freeway,
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sometimes they’re not super well signed
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and the exits just appear out of nowhere,
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so know the exit you’re gonna take,
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don’t take the wrong exit, because literally
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if you take maybe one exit before or afterwards,
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you might end up in some super sketchy neighborhood,
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that you really don’t wanna be,
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so pay attention, take the right exit
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and the other thing to know
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is because Los Angeles has a lot of distinct cities,
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the roads that run through LA can be really long,
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it can be a 40 mile street, that runs through Los Angeles,
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but it goes through 10 different cities
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and the street numbering will like update,
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every time it goes into a different city,
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so you can have you know, 2000 Santa Monica Boulevard
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in Beverley Hills and 2000 Santa Monica Boulevard
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in Los Angeles and those are two different places,
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so make sure you’re entering the city
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along with the address, ’cause if you enter
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a different city, you’ll be at a different place
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and not where you want to go.
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Okay, the sixth thing you wanna know,
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before coming to Los Angeles is about the weather,
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LA, contrary to what you’ve heard,
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is not always sunny and warm,
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yes, today happens to be a sunny day,
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but it is not always sunny and it’s not always warm,
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particularly at night, it actually can get really cold,
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a lot of people only come with shorts and a T-shirt,
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but I’ll tell you, at nighttime in the winter,
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you will want a jacket and you’ll probably want long pants,
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I, as a southern California local,
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I’ll wear shorts all the time,
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but I’ll generally put on a fleece
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and sometimes even a beanie, if it gets cold,
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so do check the weather forecast
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and don’t just pay attention to daytime high,
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pay attention to the nighttime low,
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’cause the nighttime low can sometimes
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be 30 degrees lower than the daytime high
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and the other thing to know is that
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inland Los Angeles can be 30 degrees warmer
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than coastal Los Angeles,
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so you might hear the weather forecast
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in Santa Monica and it’s 70 degrees,
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but if you go out to Pomona, it can be 100 degrees
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and that is really not an exaggeration,
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those can be actual temperatures at noon
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on any given day here in LA.
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The other thing to know is about the ocean water,
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you might be coming to Los Angeles to go to the beach,
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the ocean water is not like Hawaii,
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here it is cold pretty much all year round,
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the summer high for the ocean water is 70 degrees,
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that’s about as high as it gets,
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the warm, warmest days will be 72,
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that would typically be in August or September,
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in December, January, the water temperature
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will be 55 degrees
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and as LA or southern California locals,
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we can tell the tourists, because those are the people
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in the water not in the summer, that don’t have wetsuits on,
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pretty much all the locals will have wetsuits on,
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you can rent those if you come to the beach,
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just be prepared for cold water.
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You’ll also want to bring lots of sunscreen,
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I feel like in southern California,
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we’re pretty close to the sun here,
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particularly if you go to the beach
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and so it’s pretty easy to burn like a crisp,
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bring sunglasses, the sun’s bright, you’ll want them,
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a lot of activities are outside here
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and the last thing related to the weather to know
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is LA is considered a desert and so it’s very, very dry,
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so you’ll either want to have some moisturizer
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or use moisturizer in your hotels,
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’cause your skin can get really, really dry here,
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after you’ve been here for a while,
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particularly if you’re not used to this kind of a climate.
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Okay, seventh thing to know about LA
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is LA is really unlike the rest of California,
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California is a really big state and Los Angeles
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can often feel like its own different country,
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I’m from San Diego and when I come up to Los Angeles,
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I do feel like I’ve traveled a long, long way
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to a very different place,
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even though it’s only 80 or 90 miles away,
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in particular, if you want to feel
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the most out of this world
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and like you’re actually in a different country completely,
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check out Venice Beach, which is just south of Santa Monica,
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the Venice Beach Boardwalk, it’s famous,
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there is nothing like Venice Beach
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anywhere else in the world, crazy Boardwalk
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with some of the most interesting characters,
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that I think you will see anywhere.
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Okay, the eighth thing to know about coming to LA
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is Hollywood is in the neighborhood
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called Hollywood, there are other neighborhoods
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and cities called Hollywood,
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there’s West Hollywood, East Hollywood and North Hollywood,
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East, West and North Hollywood are actually
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very far away from the center of Hollywood,
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when you think of the Walk of Fame
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and the stars and all that stuff,
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that’s in Hollywood, probably the best place to go,
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if you’re doing Google Maps
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is to go to the intersection of Hollywood and Highland
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and there’s a Hollywood and Highland mall there,
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that’s where the Dolby Theater is,
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so if you’re going to Hollywood,
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that’s where you’ll want to go,
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but oh, by the way in Hollywood,
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there are actually no actors in Hollywood,
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when people think of Hollywood, they’re like,
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“Oh, I’m gonna see stars and they’re gonna be famous,”
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and about all you’re gonna see on Hollywood Boulevard
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are maybe people dressed up as Elmo or Spider Man
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and it’s, you might see a few bums
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and a few homeless people,
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actually you’ll see a lot of homeless people,
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Los Angeles has a pretty big homeless community
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and population, so just go ahead and be prepared for that
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and oh by the way, a lot of people,
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when they come to Hollywood or LA, they say,
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“Hey, let’s go see the taping of a show,
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“you know, it’s a 30-minute comedy show,
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“it’ll only take 30 minutes, right,”
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well, if you go see a taping of a 30-minute show,
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it will take at least four hours,
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so be prepared to invest that much time,
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if you’re going to see a show taping.
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Okay, number nine, something you’re gonna hear a lot
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when you come to LA is the term, the Valley,
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people will say things like,
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“Oh, I’ll come in all the way from the Valley for this,”
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what valley are they talking about?
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They’are talking about the San Fernando Valley
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and the San Fernando Valley is the valley
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just north of Los Angeles,
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this gets the term Valley Girl, the Valley accent,
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the Valley or the city is primarily a Burbank Studio City,
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North Hollywood and Van Nuys,
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so if someone says, “I’m from the Valley,”
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or “I’m gonna go to the Valley, that’s in the Valley,”
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that’s the Valley north of Los Angeles.
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Okay, number 10, and this kind of takes us back
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to number eight related to Hollywood,
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is that some of LA’s most known attractions
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are the most rundown,
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lots of LA can be really seedy
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and you know, when people think of Hollywood
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or people think of Venice Beach,
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they think of like glamor and glitz and all that stuff
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and I am here to tell you
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that there’s not a lot of glamor and glitz
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at most of LA’s popular attractions,
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they are certainly classic attractions,
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but don’t expect them to be nice,
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actually take your expectations, if they’re up here
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and bring them way down here for about how nice they are,
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the nicest things you’ll find in LA
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are things that are really owned and run
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by private companies or corporations,
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LA Live, the district behind me, really quite nice,
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but there’s a lot of places, the public places in LA,
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not so nice and can be rundown, ’cause such a big city,
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the tax dollars kind of go everywhere,
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the nicest public building you’re gonna find
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is probably Union Station,
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which is in Downtown Los Angeles, check that out,
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also you can go over to LA City Hall,
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see a view from the top
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and see just what I mean about things being rundown,
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LA City Hall has really seen some better days.
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The eleventh thing to know about LA
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is that from a dress code, LA is pretty casual,
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you know, a lot of people think,
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“Oh, it’s a high end restaurant,
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“I’ll need to go, I’ll need to wear a suit and tie,”
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I’m here to tell you
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that like shorts, a T-shirt and flip flops
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will get you into 98% of all establishments in Los Angeles,
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I’m sure some people will say,
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“Well Chris, but there’s this place and there’s that place,”
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yeah, there’s a few here and there, that have a dress code
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and they want you to wear you know, a shirt
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and there’s like .001%,
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that you have to wear a shirt and a tie,
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but that is pretty rare,
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you’ll fit in fine with shorts and a T-shirt.
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Number 12, bring your own shopping bag,
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California recently passed a law,
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that supermarkets and food places
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have to charge 10 cents for shopping bags
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and so if you don’t wanna pay 10 cents for a shopping bag,
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bring that shopping bag or you buy a shopping bag once,
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bring it back to the store,
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the charge is for paper and plastic shopping bags,
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all shopping bags that come from a food type place,
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if you’re going to a restaurant,
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then they don’t charge you for a shopping bag,
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so you might wanna get some fast food, get a bag
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and then you can take it to the supermarket.
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Okay and the last thing to know about coming to LA
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is Mexican food is awesome here.
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If you’re coming to LA and maybe you say,
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“Well, hey, I don’t like Mexican food,
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“’cause Mexican food’s not very good,”
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I’ll probably tell you haven’t had good Mexican food.
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I lived on the East Coast for a while
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and people would always say, “Chris, I’m gonna take you
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“to this really great Mexican restaurant,”
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and after I went to about the sixth or seventh one,
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I was like, please don’t take me
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to any more Mexican restaurants,
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because they’re all bad, I will tell you here in LA,
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they are all, almost very, very good.
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My favorite Mexican restaurant in LA
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is called King Taco, it is a chain of taco places,
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they sell tacos, burritos, nachos, tamales
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and basically you pick what meat you want in it,
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it’s pretty simple, the taco’s like a dollar 59,
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some of the best carne asada, that I feel I’ve had anywhere
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and just really simple, really tasty,
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I’ll also tell you, you won’t find this at a King Taco,
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but you’ll find it at a lot of other Mexican restauranm,
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get the fish tacos, fish tacos
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are a Baja, California specialty and Mexico
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and so since we’re just right north of Baja, California,
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you’ll find lots of fish tacos as well.
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It’s funny, there’s actually a place in LA
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called The Best Fish Tacos in Ensenada,
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Ensenada’s in Mexico, but it’s in LA,
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so just kind of a funny name for a place.
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Okay, well so, that concludes
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Everything You Need to Know Before You Come to Los Angeles
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and keep on traveling, bye bye.
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