Getting Used to the American Way of Life

mommymakes Congratulations to myself! Besides that it’s my birthday in two days, I now have an apartment in Los Angeles, a California phone number, a new phone, a school schedule and two American bank accounts. Why two? Because I have too much money for just one, of course. Or because I signed on with Bank of America but changed my mind the next day.

Mere days ago I was still staying with a friend, I had a prehistoric Dutch phone, no American telephone number or bank account and no school schedule made. What a difference 5 days make!

But it’s only the beginning of the road…

I’ve been to Los Angeles 3 times before, but this time is so different. The last times I went I always went with holiday spirit, to a guesthouse with other vacationing people. I ate fastfood pretty much every day and didn’t really have to face to much of the reality of living in L.A.

Now I have to do groceries here, make payments, get around, live…And although it’s a Western country, lots of things are different. For example: the entire metric system from distances to length to weight, time notation, making payments, the actual tangible money, the products in the grocery stores…I mean, the onions here are huge! Like, 5 times the size of onions here. And so are the grocery stores. In Amsterdam my Albert Heijn supermarkets usually had 6 isles at the most. In the U.S. they have about 16 double isles on average! And often a deli, bank or Starbucks inside too. Oh, and they pack your bags for you here. I can get used to that!
american big onion

In between trying to get the American way of life, I’ve been making yet another trip to a beautiful National Park in California: Joshua Tree. It’s really silly how in the two weekends I’ve been here I’ve gone on spontaneous trips with people I hardly know. This time I was invited by a girl whose apartment I was checking out. I didn’t end up taking the apartment but we had a little talk about the Perseids meteor shower, which led to a beautiful weekend of wild camping in the desert to watch the meteor shower.

joshua tree campingjoshua tree national park

joshua tree jumpjoshua tree flowers

But of course I have not forgotten why I am here. Now that I’ve settled down a bit I want to start storming after my acting career full force! I have already made my U.S. format acting resume and have e-mailed the agent I’ve met the previous times I was here. She hasn’t e-mailed me back though…Bad omen? We shall see, tomorrow I am going to call the office to ask for an appointment, like I did the other times. Probably with extremely sweaty hands, but that’s what it takes.

Let the games begin!
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13 thoughts on “Getting Used to the American Way of Life

  1. Your blog is super cute, I am so glad I found it! You make LA seem so magical and I have been there and it just seemed grey to me. Thanks now next time I go, I will try to look at it through your eyes. Lovely photos you have, too! I like your onion acknowledgement…bigness reflected in them :D.

  2. Hi! I’m from Costa Rica and I’m moving to LA as well in three weeks. I love reading your blog cause I can associate so much! I was wondering where did you find your apartment in Venice Beach? I’ve been searching on craigslist and westsiderentals but I don’t think I will chose something until I’m there. Thanks for your help! Good luck with everything :)

  3. Wow, those unions are big…
    (but isn’t everything bigger overthere then here in Europe?)
    Nice to read you’re settling in, goodluck with jobhunting!
    Keeping my fingers crossed,

    Cloud

  4. Still loving your blog! I usually read it at my work in bewteen files. A nice getaway.

    I think you did a very brave thing moving to LA. So many people dream of something, yet so little actually try to pursue them!

    Want me to mail this agent and tell him to accept you as a client? Sometimes it helps ;)

    Keep up the spirit!

    And when you’re a little down by a minor setback listen to Beter by Blof!

  5. Nice pics sis, the first ones I’ve seen since you left! But I will storm off to facebook ASAP.

    You’re doing a great job already, proud! And remember what your little sister said: KEEP YO EYEZ ON DA PRICE! ;-)
    ‘DA PRICE’ being a big-ass acting career. The whole reason you’re doing this.

  6. I would love to hear more about all that stuff in more details, as in what have you been up to on a daily basis since these are your first days as LA resident. I’m a sucker for those kind of things! :)

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    I am found out
    If I do nothing I picture myself acting in a movie and then I
    I’ve also played in a play 3 years ago and I loved it, and I often watch American movies.
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  8. heey my name is Maartje Bujitu
    I am 16 years old
    and I love acting
    I am found out
    If I do nothing I picture myself acting in a movie and then I
    I’ve also played in a play 3 years ago and I loved it, and I often watch American movies.
    I think it’s often very interesting and I sant dagmet every actor myself and I would like to really want to do in movies. In The U.S.
    I find this great site and great blogs

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