Adventures in the USA

Sports in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a big city where a lot of people do sports every day. There are numerous things to do. You can see people running in Runyon Canyon, surf on a beach, use indoor gyms or the gym at a beach or just ride a bike. Even on the streets, you can see people jogging or walking their dog. If you are just visiting the city for a couple of days but still want to do a bit of sport or at least go and watch a game, there are a lot of options for that too.

Riding a go-kart

We wanted to experience things we hadn’t done before. At first, we went to ride with a go-kart. We tried to get there by public transportation somehow but ended up walking quite a long way before reaching the right place. K1 Speed Indoor Karting was included with our Los Angeles Go Card.

First, we got a hat to put under the helmet, then we had to wait for our turn. It was very fun to ride with go-karts for the first time. There were 4 of us on the track. In the second curve, one guy rode into me. Later, he came and apologized for that. I was quite slow at first and tried not to hit the tires on each side of the track. After a few laps, I drove faster but still tried not to hit anyone or the tires. It was so much fun to step on the gas and even go fast on the curves. I have no idea how many laps we were supposed to do. At some point, they just waved some flag which meant we have one last lap to go. I really liked the experience and wish I could drive a go-kart again someday.

Surfing

Another sports activity we did in Los Angeles was surfing. It was also a lot of fun. I really enjoyed surfing. We took surfing lessons in Venice Beach. Our surf instructor had brought us wet suits and surfboards. Since this was our first time surfing we started from the basics. In the beginning, we had to learn to jump up on the board. We did this couple of times on the sand, just to practice. It was actually quite hard to lay on the board and then suddenly jump up and have the balance. You had to put your feet and hands on the right spots on the board to have the balance. And to do that so quickly was hard even on the sand.

Then we went into the water. There were pretty high waves for someone like me, who saw the ocean last week for the first time. When we were deep enough we started to learn how to surf. At the end of the lesson, I got to stand up on the board only a couple times before falling back into the water. But the experience was amazing and I would really love to do that again, many times.

Surfers in the ocean.
Surfers in the ocean.
Swim or Surf.
Swim or Surf.

Baseball game

Baseball is one of the most popular sports in the USA. So it is quite obvious why we chose to go watch a baseball game. I have only played baseball on Wii Sports. It was probably about 2 months before our trip. Before that I had no idea what are the rules of this game or why do people even play it. I didn’t understand the game at all.

At Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium.
At Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium.

Now, as I knew a little about this game I wanted to go see it for real for the first time in my life. So the game we went to see was Los Angeles Dodgers’ game in Los Angeles. We bought American hot dogs and some french fries with garlic to enjoy while watching the game. At first, everyone sang the USA’s National Anthem. Unfortunately, we could not sing along with them, since we don’t know the lyrics.

Then at some point during the break time, they started to sing some other song. Everyone sang along and we had no idea what kind of song that is. We figured it must be some kind of ball game song that they sing every time. During the break times, there was also a dance cam and a kiss cam on the big screen. I have seen such a thing only in the movies. So it was quite fun to see it live. Some people danced like crazy. I’m glad we sat on the chairs that were higher so that the camera didn’t reach us.

Baseball game.
Baseball game.

In the end, the Los Angeles Dodgers were so far ahead of the other team that many people started to leave earlier to avoid traffic jams. We came by bus so we left when the game ended. Later I discover that Michael Clifford from the band 5 Seconds of Summer was also at the same game 😛

Sports in Los Angeles

I would recommend these activities to any active person who likes adventure and a bit of thrill. I tried/attended these sports activities for the first time in my life and I really loved it. It was so much fun and I would definitely do all these again. So if you want to make your trip more rememberable then go ahead and do something fun you have never done before.

Keep traveling!

 

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