I followed my heart and it lead me to the airport.

“When you put love out in the world, it travels”

I followed my heart and it lead me to the airport.
Back to my Californian hometown… Redondo Beach ! 

I consider the South Bay area to be the best in Los Angeles, not only because of the amazing beaches, but also the chill vibes and beautiful houses.

When I first arrived in L.A. in 2012 (oh boy, that’s a long time ago !) I had no clue this place would be so pretty. I totally fell in love, and it obviously broke my heart when I moved to Paris. Time away has become an eternity…

I had been waiting for too long to be reunited with my best friend Noah again; I don’t know which one of us is crazier – probably me, but I do know we complete each other’s silliness. & I missed that, so much.

We spent such a great afternoon together, my sister was there as well. We chatted, and laughed and I just felt like myself again. It was like, I hadn’t been myself since I had gone. This trip completely restored me.

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Salt in the air, sand in my hair

Nothing that some time on the beach can’t solve
Salt in the air, sand in my hair

Two quick shots taken with a phone from the Manhattan Beach pier, and Redondo Beach in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. I used to live around for a while until I moved up the city. Always love coming back here and chill, to look at the ocean, sit in the sand and breath the salt in the air.
Salt in the air, sand in my hair

MADISON KENNEDY
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The best kind of therapy is beach therapy

Take it all in…
The best kind of therapy is beach therapy

Oh I am so in love with this city, Los Angeles with its beautiful people; which are all somehow involved in “the industry” of Hollywood… or they say so. And the palms everywhere, the never-ending beaches and that summer-feeling that you get from every day spent there… I love it all.

MADISON KENNEDY
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I fell in love with Los Angeles

The title says it all 🙂

I wish I was there with my best friend, right now 💕

MADISON KENNEDY
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EF Los Angeles is closing…

My school is closing down

EF Los Angeles

It was a sad day for me when I learned that my school was going to close its doors in March of 2017. We’re now in April, so it’s official and I can’t really shake all the good memories and intense experiences that it made me go through for the first time in my life. I came to the USA to study in this place, and met awesome people along the way; it unexpectedly ended up being the best year of my life.

It’s very emotional for me remembering all of this, but it also feels great to have these memories I can hold onto now that I can never go back to even just say “hi !” to my ex-teachers at the school. Every time I was in LA, I used to go back there for old times’ sake and it was always such a cool thing to be able to do. Walking in the hallway was fun, and something I’ll never forget is that they kept on the wall my class picture from Field Day, when we won 2nd place with my classmates… after 4 years, it was still there.

Inside EF Los Angeles

I was living with a “host family” it was actually a single mom (without her grown-up kids) in the city of Lomita, which is part of the South Bay area of Los Angeles. It was pretty close to my school in Redondo Beach, if you went by car… of course, as everybody knows : I do not drive ! I never got my driver’s license so I had to use public transportation, and I wasn’t aware that apparently only the most ratchet people in LA take the bus. I have so many crazy encounters and insane stories from my times taking the public transit, that my best friend even told me I should write a book about it.

That year spent studying at EF was from day one, an amazing experience. It was literally from day one, unforgettable and full of excitement. It changed my life, it was a once in a lifetime adventure that I feel so blessed to have had. I became a more responsible “adult” because I had to learn how to survive without my family being there for me, and it made me more open to the outside world, as I was putting myself out there to make my dreams come true. I discovered that this is what real life is about.

So, thank you EF for that incredible year and allowing me to become a fuller version of myself, surrounded by friends coming from all over the world that became like a new family. I will not forget everything that you brought into my life, and I wish a good continuation after this to all the teachers & staff.

MADISON KENNEDY
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Where to eat the best pizza in Los Angeles

Rock & BrewsThe best pizza in Los Angeles

Located on PCH, right across the EF school (which is where I used to attend my classes & study). Rock & Brews was founded with the collaboration of two KISS members. They serve american comfort food, play good music and the decor is very cool. They also offer gluten free options, which is great for me !

Their pizza is literally my favorite in L.A., you must try it if you ever visit Redondo Beach. They have other locations in California of course, but I can only talk for this joint. I had me some garlic cheese fries & a “Margheritaville” pizza with shrimps. SO YUM !

“What’s better than rock and brews ?”
The best pizza in Los Angeles

Los Angeles photo diary, part 1

Remembering last year’s trip

Went through some old pictures that I took a year ago when I was in L.A., because I’m trying to select my favorite ones so I can sell them on my official store (hosted by 500px). I can’t believe how little I spent time on editing back then… the pictures below are barely edited, almost originals. Now editing has become something I absolutely can’t not do anymore.

© Photography by Madison Kennedy

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