I’m a Brit who visited LA for the first time. Here are the 13 things that surprised me most.

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The weather really is as great as people say.

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Good weather makes everything a little bit better.
Alice Johnston

In London, I’d often wake up to gray and gloomy clouds, go to lunch while it’s drizzling, and stare at the dark sky by 4 p.m. Your soul feels like it’s dying.

That experience is practically nonexistent in LA, and the good weather makes everything less of a struggle.

But in the off chance of rain, plans are canceled, traffic grows monstrous, and news anchors report on a mild amount of precipitation like it’s a tornado.