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Clare at Los Angeles

My new life in L.A.!

Getting around LA is all about travelling by car, that’s the cliche and although it’s possible to use the metro and the buses it’s a lot of work!

It’s been almost two months since I stated at Bittoni Architects. I’m settling in and enjoying the learning curve. One of the first things I had to get used to was thinking in feet and inches which is surprising difficult!.The practice’s office is West Los Angeles, a fifteen minute drive from my apartment in Culver City. Initially my plan was to use Uber to get to work until I settled into my new routine. After a few weeks I would start taking the the new Expo Train Line, which would take about forty five minutes including the walk to and from the station. But so far I haven’t been able to give up my morning luxury.

Getting around LA is all about travelling by car, that’s the cliche and although it’s possible to use the metro and the buses it’s a lot of work! Without the cheap service Uber and Lyft provide it would be really hard for me to explore the city. Which is annoying as I feel reliant on companies who seem pretty cut throat to the people who work for them. What I really need to do is learn to drive, that’s next on my to do list. Being a student and then having lived in cities that have great public transport systems I have never felt driving was something I had to do, it was always something to do in the future but not a necessity. Well now it is.
At lunch on the weekdays I have a few options I can either walk to the Sawtelle area which is about a ten minute walk, to get some ramen or soba noodles. The short high street at the areas centre is know for it’s Japanese food and shops. Where I work is a small office but everyone else drives so sometimes we drive to a nearby strip mall to have Thai, Vietnamese or Mexican food. Sometimes I bring lunch from home but not as much as I should! So exactly the same as when I worked in London. Some things never change.

Clare Edwards

Trainee at Bittoni ArchLos Angeles

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