This summer, I will be in Los Angeles for six weeks, taking summer classes at the University of California, Los Angeles. I've been here for a week only but I feel like I've fallen in love with the city already. I want to make the most out of the weeks to come and of course take loads of pictures for my friends and family at home. If you#re interested, here are a few of the first pics I took around LA...
First things first though: UCLA was built 1919 is one of the best universities in the world. Every summer international as well as national students have the opportunity to take summer classes for six weeks. I'm taking two classes from the Department of Communication Studies. I live about 10 mins from campus in Westwood, which is beautiful.
It's difficult to find the right words to describe what LA feels like. The city has its own magic. You can feel it as soon as you leave the airport, step outside and feel the non-stop shining sun on your skin and see the palm trees lining the streets. I felt like I was on vacation. From what I've seen so far, the streets are very clean, the people are super friendly and there is amazing food everywhere: Mexican, Italian, Asian,... Los Angeles is a foodie's paradise!
What I love about UCLA (besides the stunning campus) is that you can really feel the team spirit and you immediately feel like you're part of something big. Everyone wears apparel with the UCLA logo on it. There are lots of cafés, restaurants and places to hang out with friends or to study. You never feel alone and the students are from all over the world, which is amazing. I was welcomed at UCLA by staff and students with open arms and that is something I will always remember and cherish.
On my first day I took the bus to Santa Monica, which only took about 20 minutes. The coast (or what I've seen so far) is stunning: There's beaches and hills as far as you can see. The Santa Monica Pier is really fun if you're into rides and fair food (and who isn't?).
On Saturday, the center for international students at UCLA organized a bus tour for new international students. We drove through LA and got a nice overwiev of important places and landmarks. Among others I saw the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA, The City Hall, the STAPLES Center, the Farmers Market in La Brea, Rodeo Drive in Beverley Hills and the Hollywood Boulevard. It's a weird feeling, being at the places you only know from TV and movies. Down below you can find some of the pictures I took these first few days, when I wasn't busy eating or being outside exploring.