The products in California USA

We are constantly asked about prices in California and volume, how many money a month needs to those, who wants to arrive to study to Los Angeles. We decided to do the series of posts about it and we will begin with the small recital of prices on foodstuffs.
So question: how many money needed a month, to buy a healthy, fresh meal, without preservatives, artificial dyes and ubiquitous High – fructose Corn Syrup?
Answer: $400 in a month on two.

Question: Are there the usual Russian meal and Russian foods in Los Angeles?
Answer: Certainly! Almost all, that we love with you, to what got used)

We walk in a shop after a meal one time per a week, and we spend exactly $100. Let us look, what we bought on these money at the last time:
The products in California USA
We will underline at once, that we do not eat meat and bird, therefore them you will not see here). One of us eats fish and eggs sometimes, other practically vegan. In general California this wonderful place for vegetarians, because almost any restaurant or cafe, not dependency upon the orientation of kitchen, has a vegetarian menu, and choice of vegetables, fruit and every groats enormous. In addition, the ideas of healthy way of life and careful attitude toward an environment do not cause for the habitants of California of surprise, and vice versa incredibly popular. In Los Angeles you will not see people with an ovenweight, America is so famous that, practically, but will see the great number of smart people that constantly where that hurry or engage in yoga. Los Angeles it is the capital of industry of entertainments, to conduct the unhealthy way of life and to look bad here not fashionably. Continue reading “The products in California USA”

Apartments in Los Angeles California

One of main questions, that arise for those, who decide to live and study in Los Angeles: how much does it cost to rent an apartment? Certainly, simply to answer this question difficult enough, because many factors influence on a price. Here we will show a few examples from our experience.

The first thing you need to know those, who are going to come to live in the City of Angels: it doesn`t look like the most of the cities. Los Angeles is completely deprived such concept, as a center of city. In practice it means that classic chart ” nearer to the center is more expensive and better” doesn`t work here. Los Angeles is a huge megapolis, in several times bigger then Moscow .It consists essentially of 1-2-3 storey buildings, at most small private homes for 1-2 family. At the same time public transport and first of all subways are developed badly. In the best districts of subway it is not in general.
in the City of Angels
The districts of Los Angeles are very different. It can be both off-shore zone and mountain locality and hot desert. In each zone its own characteristics, its architecture and its attractions. But in general, the best (but and expensive) are considered areas are located along Wilshire Boulevard (Wilshire blvd): Santa Monica, Culver City, Westwood , Brentwood , Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Miracle Mile. Another line of quality areas can be considered as the coastal line: Venice, Marina Del Rey, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Santa Monica again, and of course the Malibu. Continue reading “Apartments in Los Angeles California”

Evening schools in California

evening school in CaliforniaThere is such format of educating, as a school for adults – Adult High School in the USA. We have already mentioned about the American system of education in general in one of our blog (here). So, Adult School is intended for people, who didn`t finish school and don`t have a certificate GED (General Education Test, something like our exam, without which don`t have the normal job, in a college or university) for some reasons. In these schools, it is possible not only to study general subjects and prepare to pass the GED, and learn English. In some schools, there are also courses for driving a car, commuter courses, drawing, dancing, knitting and music. Studies are held in the evening, that comfortably for those who works in the day-time . In one of such schools, we decided to teach English (as adding to our basic educating). Interestingly, education is almost worthless, because financed by the state are a few ten of dollars for three months.  Continue reading “Evening schools in California”

University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA)

It`s very desirable to acquaint all with the real schools and universities of California. And to begin we want from a place we studied in, from a place that left the strongest and positive impression about the USA. We present University of California, Los Angeles or briefly UCLA. in 2012 UCLA occupied the 13th line in the world (on the version of times higher education world university rankings).
University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA)
Founded in 1919, today this university is most popular in The USA: in 2012 the quantity of students wishing to study there made 72 699 persons, but only 13%% from them were accepted. in all in an university simultaneously more than 40 000 persons study and 15% from them foreigners. It is possible to choose the program and get education more than for to 300 most modern specialities in the university . This university has a wide set of the short programs of retraining (from a few months to year), and similarly first-class program of academic English.
All students study and practiced on the most perfect equipment accessible in the world, and among the professors of university 12 nobel laureates, 3 laureates of Pulitzer Prize, winner of Pritzker Prize, possessors of other prestige world rewards.
It is separately desirable to mention the campos of university : UCLA is located not far from the coast of pacific ocean, in western part of Los Angeles, between the districts of Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. Campos occupy simply fantastic in size territory. In fact it is a whole student city, with hundreds of educational building, bars, restaurants and shops. From above it reminds an enormous heart. Continue reading “University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA)”

Burning Man and dust storms in Black Rock City

burning man in californiaI was on the Burning Man!
We loaded up our new recreational vehicle with food, clothing and other things and went on the night of Friday to Saturday. We came to the desert around 7 am and got into an incredible dust storm – in 2 steps can not see anything! For 4 hours we moving through the dust. We saw how one of plastic toilets was blown off by the wind.

dust storm in Black Rock City

On the entrance our tickets have been checked and our car have been inspected inside. After that we got early arrival wristbands and here we are in Black Rock City. On the way to the place of our camp, in the outer circle in the dust in front of us we saw 3 police cars with flashing lights. We saw one policeman with a dog and a lot of cops around the car with a trailer and doomed-looking woman was sitting in the dust around … Later, in the local newspaper, I read that Burning Man was a training camp for the police, sheriffs and rangers of Nevada. Continue reading “Burning Man and dust storms in Black Rock City”

California Legacy book series

Newly available from the California Legacy series:

Mark Twain’s San Francisco, edited with introduction by Bernard Taper. From earthquakes, police scandals, and tantalizing silver mine bonanzas to elegant ladies blowing their noses in “exquisitely modulated tones” and seals “writhing and squirming like exaggerated maggots” below the Cliff House, Mark Twain has left us a vision of San Francisco that is at once fascinating and hilariously familiar.

California Poetry From the Gold Rush to the Present, edited by Dana Gioia, Chryss Yost, and Jack Hicks. A recent San Francisco Chronicle review calls this volume “an instantly indispensible new anthology from the California Legacy Series.”


Imagine what we’d think of California if Toshio Mori had never written his gentle short stories about life in Oakland’s “Lil’ Yokohama”; if Walter Nordhoff had never hidden behind his alter-ego Senor Don Juan Obrigon to tell the tale of The Journey of the Flame; if Bayard Taylor had never transformed his gold rush journalism into the compelling chronicle Eldorado. It’s pretty easy to do, of course, since all of these essential works of Californiana have long been out of print. No wonder East Coast elites like Woody Allen think there’s no culture here. Continue reading “California Legacy book series”

Deserving works of California writing

The Squatter and the Don

The Squatter and the DonIn 1885, María Amparo Ruiz de Burton published The Squatter and the Don, a fictional but loosely autobiographical historical romance chronicling the tumultuous years in California as transitioned from Mexican control to American statehood.

Writing under the pseudonym “C. Loyal” for “loyal citizen,” Ruiz de Burton’s The Squatter and the Don is one of the first fictional narratives written and published in English from the perspective of the newly marginalized Californios. Continue reading “Deserving works of California writing”