During my stay in Oahu, I met travelers from all around the world. My roommates filtered through leaving me with memorable moments. You exchange names, swap numbers, and grow a bond during the few days living together. When you get a good vibe from the person and it’s time to part ways, it’s natural to tell them you always have a place to stay if you ever visit. And guess what happened? CANADA!
Not to be confused that I went to Canada, but Canada came to the LBC! One of my roommates, Alex, a young man from Vancouver, already made plans to hostel it in Santa Monica. We hit it off in Oahu feeling like we’d been long lost friends for a while, and realized we’d be in the Los Angeles area at the same time.
A few days after I landed in San Diego, I rendezvoused with Alex in Santa Monica where he was staying at a prime hostel location in the downtown area. Sad to say, if you have a California residency/ID, they will not accept you. My good friends living in Belmont Heights, about 40 minutes south, were very welcoming to host the both of us. I told Alex to cancel his weekend booking and off to LBC we went.
We checked out Venice Beach on the way down, and cruised to the shore for a few days of fun! We cruised the Belmont area by foot and bus, ate at a food truck convention, listened to live music at one of my favorite restaurants, Tantalum, and enjoyed the night life of Belmont Heights.
I always knew that becoming friends with other travelers opens up many doors… and of course couches. I was more than happy to show Alex around because I know he’d do the same! I’m excited to have a place to stay in Canada to see what it’s all aboot. 😉