Atilola in Hollywood...

Thank you guys for your feedback in the last post. I will now try to perform the miracle of compressing the details in one post. This would be quite challenging, as I believe I got about 1500 pictures from my trip, and I would like to post nothing more than 30-50 here. So I would try to do just 1 or 2 posts per event. Let’s dive right in before this post gets too long.

I started the whole trip with my 3 day visit with my former trichology tutor at California. On the first night, I went to the Poets In Autumn (PIA) tour, when my spoken word people Ezekiel, Janette…Ikz, Jackie Hill, and Preston Perry of P4CM were doing their last show on the tour. The show was a great blessing, and mind-blowing.







After three days with my tutor, I had one last day to flex, so I decided to go for a tour, which I later judged to be a waste of my money because we hardly had enough time to get a feel of one place before we had to jump to the next. To be honest, I am supposed to do a separate post on my LA tour, but mehn, no time to pick beans. The world has moved on.


Hand and footprints of several celebs

Because I love Hugh Jackman

He's one of my favourite actors

Struggling to take a selfie. I was so shy, gosh.
I hate taking pictures of myseld
 I finally swallowed my pride, and asked someone to take a picture of me. But since Harrison Ford was the nearest star, I settled for him. Didn't have the guts to ask my picture taker to let us search for Denzel, lol.


Hollywood, through the lens of my phone.

A lineup of the best oscar movies for those years,
There were several pillars of them

Dolby Theatre, where the oscars hold.


There are somethings in life that cannot be explained, no matter how hard we try. They can only be experienced first hand. And one of those things is Walt Disney Concert Hall. You just have to see it to understand. Here is a picture below.



Then we moved to the Avila Adobe, the first house in LA, built in 1818, and now a museum. I watched the history of LA for few minutes on a video, how it became part of America, formerly being part of Mexico... So insightful. History is such a revealing thing.







People queueing to watch the live viewing of a TV show
 We then went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). We got there, and I saw these kids kissing and touching all over, so I decided to report them to their parents, using this picture as evidence, lol.


Can you spot me?



And then, straight to Beverly Hills...


Went to Rodeo Drive, used to be the most expensive shopping street in the world before, but has been overtaken by some street in Dubai, I think. Currently the most expensive in the US. All the shops were empty. This is because you can't just walk in, and shop there. You can only be invited by appointment. Na wa o. This is to tell you that there's money, and then there's MONEY.

Me on Rodeo Drive. I don't care what they say,
I'm more expensive than this street


Giorgio Armani signature.
This is the Hand and print version of Oscars


Streets of Beverly Hills.
I'm guessing this was Fashola's vision for Lagos.
Some celebrity (I've forgotten who) paid millions of dollars to make his house look like this (a village house in Africa). You can imagine. When he can have this for almost free in Echama village in Benue State. This is what happens when you don't know what to use money for.



At this point, I was already running late, as the tour was overrunning, and I didn't want to be late for my next appointment. Later that night, I went out with my friend, Ezekiel, and we basically gisted, and talked about many things, including the upcoming rhyme and reason concert. Are you guys ready for it? It’s gonna be the bomb



And that was it for California. I packed my load to Baltimore, and went to visit family for 5 days. It was basically just me and my cousin around all through. I had mad fun with him, which ended up with him thrashing me at the bowling alley at Dave and Busters. Everywhere we went, people kept assuming he was my boyfriend. At Dave and Busters, the waitress even called him my husband when he stepped away for a while and she dropped his change with me, which is very funny considering the fact that we both look young, and I am 5 years older than him.

My and my cousin/boyfriend/husband/whatever


About to do damage to the bowling alley, lol.





For the sake of my reputation, I have refused to put up the final scores, lol. While I didn't do so bad, my cousing thrashed my to the last, lol.

From Baltimore, I moved straight to Connecticut to stay another cousin, the sister of the one in Baltimore. I was there for 5 days, and basically stayed indoors all through, watching TV. I only saw sunlight the day I was leaving for New York, seriously. So the only picture I have from this trip was the interestingly served food I had at a Thai restaurant.


So off I went to New York, where my holiday just started for real (10 days). I don’t have family or friends in New York, and I had only been there once in the past, when I had to get a bus from port authority to Baltimore. This time, I knew I wanted to go there, so I asked my mum to get me a host. My hostess was really accommodating and not intrusive. Perfect for the kind of person I am. Since I had no friends, and no real home to stay, I was forced to go out every single day, which is unlike me. But I am really glad about the experience.

Unfortunately, I must stop here, because it would really be unwise to continue the New York experience in this post. It is extremely packed, and this post is already packed as it is. See you guys next Monday, when I would conclude. Please, don't vex. I really tried.

32 comments

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    1. Actually, it is over 2000. I realized that when I was sorting the pictures, lol

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  2. Atilola is now am Ajala traveller.

    Nice pictures

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    1. Lol. Yes o, i learnt it from you. :)

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  3. That friend guy of yours is cute o...

    I'm just saying.

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    1. Lool. Berry, face your husband , abeg.

      My friend Ezekiek is an anointed man of God, married with 3 beautiful children.

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  4. Atilola you no carry me go LOL. Put me in your luggage! Stop feeling shy about selfies jare, you're welcome to 2015

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    1. I need to find where to put you and titobi, lol. Those expandable traveling bags would do.

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  5. You really had fun
    that Thai food tho rice served on pineapple wats the name?

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    1. To be honest, I can't remember the full name. I know it was rice pineapple something sha. There was pineapple in the rice itself.

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  6. Fun and interesting pictures. But everyone with the one wey concyn am. How far with Ezekiel? He's mighty cute and you guys look good together. Any chance for #SeizeTheBae2015? You can DM me with your response.

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    1. Haaa. Cherry wine has put me in gbese. Look good together ke? No o. In fact, we look bad together. I mean, we look terrible. Lol

      Don't you know ezekiel of P4CM? He's happily married with 3 children.

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  7. Oh wow, you sure had fun.
    There was a time I used to be selfie shy...not anymore.

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  8. So Ezekiel is married. Nothing spoil. Maybe New york will "so're". We wait

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    1. LOool. Why are you guys looking to set me up by force naaa?

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  9. Nice pictures. They speak a thousand words.
    I luvvvv your hair! I wish I can have them on mine and my girls.

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    1. Thank you. The hair was really nice, just that it didn't last at all.

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  10. I'm jelly! All i've ever done in LA is sit inside the airport and wait for my connecting flight lol. One day...one day!

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    1. Lool. I have noticed that Americans living in America don't like to 'enjoy' their own attractions. Imagine all my cousins living one hour away from the white house, and have never been there in their entire lives.

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  11. Looking foiiin and fresh Ati. You sure had loads if fun, plix next time eh, just put us inside bag ejor.

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    1. Lool. I would. I would get a bag big enough for you and that handsome son of yours.

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  12. Blessings...
    Thank you for taking me along.
    Its fantastic that you enjoyed yourself. Embrace life always.

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    1. Thank youuuuu. I;m really trying to. Loosing up a bit was good for me.

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  13. pleaseeee I want a trip like this too..everyone's been vying to be put in the bag...I second or third or fourth...I sha want to tag along. lol

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    1. HOw about we forget the bag putting, and just get you a flight ticket? Lol.

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  14. Choi! See me serving my fatherland in one dry land while another daughter of the soil be touring LA ...... Lola, pls try squeeze me in your handbag next time.....don't think of how? Im so petite.... Biko! I'm not priding at all
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    1. Are you serious???

      My friend, gaaan serve jo. Almost 8 years ago, I served too... in a proper village, not state capital like most of you. I cut grass for almost a year, used well water and stream water, used pit toilet, hardly saw cars. I became a complete village girl that I almost became a misfit when I got back to Lagos. I paid my dues, lol.

      SO gaan serve. When you finish, I will put you in my box next year, lol.

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  15. I haff say you should carry me when next you are travelling, I can carry handbag..lol...

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