Experience in Los Angeles: Personal Narrative

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My Experience in Los Angeles Los Angeles, or the City of Angels in its directly translated English name, was founded on September 4, 1781, by Felipe de Neve, the Spanish governor of the California territory. After Mexico succeeded in winning their independence from Spain with the close of their war of independence in 1821, Los Angeles became part of Mexico, then in 1848 after the US prevailed in a war with Mexico Los Angeles and the rest of California became a part of the United States. Los Angeles has grown all that time, and today is the second most populous city in the country. My first experience of Los Angeles came in 1997 when I was twelve years old. This was the year that my father, a dentist and professor at the Seoul University in Korea, was sent as a visiting professor to the University of California at Los Angeles, and in December our entire family moved across the world and I enrolled in seventh grade at a Los Angeles school. Before school was the LAX airport and the drive to our new home, and this provided me with my first striking impression of the city and some of its details, especially the palm trees. Long trees with a tendency to bend and droop trees that I have never seen before arriving in LA. Bent and curving trees and very straight roads led the way from the airport to what would now be our house, and as we drove along I lowered the window of the taxi to let the hot dry breeze of LA air in, and to feel the warmth of the sun directly on my skin. It was
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