13 years ago, I landed at LAX to start my one year exchange program with USC to finish my graduate program & teach undergraduate classes in German. After a 12 hour flight, I confused a trash bin with the ash tray next to it and subsequently managed to set the trash bin on fire. I hastily retreated into the terminal to find out that British Airways had lost my luggage. Things were off to a great start.
After taking a taxi to campus, the landlord promptly informed me that he had no place for me to stay. I subsequently spent my first night in Los Angeles in a tiny room behind his office sleeping in my traveling clothes. The next day was spent introducing myself to the head of the German Department in the same traveling clothes, registering for class, standing in line to apply for a SSN still in my traveling clothes, finally moving into my room [apartment would be an overstatement], turning on utilities, opening a bank account and trying to get a phone line with a temporary SSN … my first phone call went to my parents in Germany whom I managed to convince that things were going just fine. No mom, everything is just FINE … while still in my traveling clothes!
The next day, I bought a bike and took Vermont Ave. up to Wilshire Blvd. and then followed Wilshire all the way west until I reached Santa Monica where I took my first photo since landing in Los Angeles – thankfully, no longer in my traveling clothes.
To their credit, British Airways got my suitcases to me two days later.
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