Conference in Los Angeles

Conference in Los Angeles

Work and life have kept me super-busy in recent months. I’ve also suffered from writer’s fatigue. All this resulted in the blog being left on the back burner. With another trip looming in a couple of weeks I felt it was high time to try to catch up on my writing.

Los Angeles in October

I headed to LA for a conference in mid-October. I was so happy to be back in the States after a couple of years. The conference was arranged at the Westin Bonaventure that’s been featured in numerous films and TV shows over the years. I (like most other conference guests) also stayed at the hotel. I arrived in LA late on Tuesday night and the conference started on Wednesday. The conference ran until Saturday and I caught an early morning flight back home on Sunday.

The Westin Bonaventure
Inside the hotel
Hotel pool (I did manage to take a swim in it)
The hotel elevators run along the exterior wall
View from my room
View from my room
Ready to attend the conference
Visiting the exhibition hall at the conference

Exploring downtown LA

The days were packed with conference sessions but I did get some time to explore the area around the hotel and took a few hours to visit a mall. I tried to head out a bit every day to enjoy the city and the warm weather. Sadly the days were rather overcast and a bit cooler than I was hoping. Naturally, this was still a manifold better than Finland in October. I visited the Los Angeles Central Library, which was located practically across the street from the hotel. I also walked to city hall and took a ride on the Angels Flight Railway.

LA downtown skyscrapers
Los Angeles Central Library
The roof of the library
The World Peace Bell in the library park
Entrance to Angels Flight
Waiting for the car
Inside the car
The station at the top
Views from the top of Angels Flight Railway
City Hall park
City Hall

Eating out in LA

I took advantage of the continental breakfast offered by the conference almost every day. On Friday morning I opted to head out for breakfast as I had more free time in the morning. I ended up at an American classic, iHop and had some protein pancakes. I headed out for lunch nearly every day but it was mostly quick fares of sandwiches and such. The day I headed to the mall I had a tasty shakshuka for lunch at Café Landwer. I went out for dinner on Friday with some other conference attendees. We visited Grand Central Market. I had fish tacos and a local beer. Grand Central Market was a fun and interesting experience with good food. If you are ever in the area, I recommend you visit it.

Delicious shakshuka with halloumi for lunch
A refreshing acai bowl
Grand Central Market food hall
Fish taco and seasonal beer from Golden Road Brewing
Sunrise from the plane on my way home

The conference was interesting and I really enjoyed LA. I would’ve loved to have more time to explore the city but I’ll go back for that another time. I still have one more trip from 2022 to write about and then on to the adventures of 2023.

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