But I am so glad it did.
I fly standby (for free) on United. It's such a blessing, and it means I can go wherever I want as long as there is a spare seat on the plane. Last weekend I wanted to visit Los Angeles, stopping in Denver for the weekend along the way.
The flight to Denver was oversold. With the hurricanes in Florida and Texas, I was hesitant to have a layover in Houston. I took the chance anyways, getting the last seat on the flight right before they closed the doors. Houston is a United hub, meaning that there are tons of people just like me trying to fly standby as well. Somehow on that day, there were only two of us and we both got to go home.
Fast forward to Los Angeles. The flight was full again and I was towards the end of the standby list. But magically, just as the gates were closing, they announced that multiple people didn't show up and we got to go! I was in the back of the plane, but I was going to LA nonetheless.
I feel an undeniable, inexplicable pull to Southern California. Maybe it has something to do with being so close to the ocean, and still being part of a big and bustling city. Or the abundant opportunity here. Or the fact that the city is full of dreamers and people fearlessly chasing their passions. I don't know what it is, but I know I want to be here one day. I want to spend time in this part of the country and see what it is that brings people from all over the world to it's neighbourhoods.
This trip brought me a little outside of my comfort zone. I stayed at a gorgeous Air BnB with a host family, something I have never done before. I ate brunch alone at a busy restaurant. And I navigated Koreatown, without any understanding of the language or the food I was eating. But I left feeling fulfilled, feeling excited about the law schools I saw, and hopeful for next year.
Air BnB :: Bel Air
Abbott Kinney Blvd
The Butcher's Daughter Venice