Went to southern California last week for a conference. It was the furthest I’ve ever been from home (yes, turns out it was even a little further than when I’d gone to Mexico). Overall, the convention was great, I had fun (despite poor crowd control) and loved meeting people. I was also pretty proud of the capsule wardrobe I packed and being able to fit everything into one carry-on bag.
Something I learned about the Los Angeles area: when they give the weather forecast on TV, they actually have to give five different forecasts for all the different climates: beach, downtown, mountains, valley, and desert. We were about an hour east of LA and I was not expecting it to be as mountainous there as it was. Besides the landscape and use of Spanish style architecture, it was pretty much like home, though – lots of traffic and strip malls, lol!