If it’s August, it must be Poland!

…or Belgium, Turkey, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Argentina, or even the United States!

Euro-Travel Month!

Looks like it’s Euro-travel month here at RULA (Runaway University, Los Angeles)! We’ve got 15 "students" (visitors) from .PL coming in the next month, plus another 17 from .BE, .TR, .IT, .FR, .DE, .RU, .ES, .AR & North Carolina!

two people underwater with bubbles all around them. One is pinching her nose with her fingers and wearing sunglasses as her hair floats in the clear, turquoise water
Jennifer Belis & Cédric from Brussels, Belgium, swimming in Ilha Grande, Brazil.

RULA Student Websites

if you have a website and it’s not on this list, leave your URL in a comment at the bottom and I’ll add you!

RULA Student Schedule

links are to CS profiles:

  1. Kuba Hernik, Radom, Poland, 20-25 August ⊭
  2. Abel Castro, Detroit/Munich, 22-25 August
  3. Agnieszka Neter, Nela & Ewelina, Wrocław, Poland, 23-24 August
  4. Ece Su, Banu, Eda, Ceren & Cansel, Istanbul, Turkey, 23-26 August
  5. Anne Alimov, Paris, France, 31 August – 9 September
  6. Małgorzata "Gosia" Sawraza, Pasłęk, Poland, 2-10 September
  7. Nicola Morini + Miriam Ferretti, Lugo, Italy, 2-5 September
  8. Dagmara Kita + Anna Bieniek, Warsaw/Kielce, Poland, 2-8 September
  9. Laurie & Jacob Allen, North Carolina, 5-9 September
  10. Irina Perfilova, Moscow, Russia, 6-10 September
  11. Yessie "Sunsett" Klein, Leon, Spain, 8-11 September
  12. Javier & Soledad, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 9-11 September
  13. Jennifer Belis + Cédric, Brussels, Belgium, 10-12 September
  14. Marzena Depciuch, Karolina, Kamil, Marta, Diana & Natalia, Kraków, Poland, 12-14 September
  15. Zuza Żółkoś + Radek, gdynia, Poland, 14-17 September


Runaway University, Los Angeles

Sleep Stuff

  • I have 3 air mattresses: 2 singles, and 1 double, and 1 couch. Hopefully some of you will have foam pads or something!
  • I have a few pillows. It depends how many Tiki (15-year-old chihuahua) is hogging up.
  • I don’t have tons of blankets, but I have afghans and other bits that will probably work. With the weather lately, you won’t want very much.
  • There will definitely be room for everyone to sleep in the house. But if you want to drag your sleeping bag out on the veranda, you’re welcome to.
  • Anything else?


There is a full kitchen. Refrigerator, stove, microwave, etc. Unfortunately the place is sort of ant infested! If you could try to keep everything that’s not sealed in the refrigerator, that’d help a lot. And wash dishes ASAP. Or just use paper plates, I’ve got lots.


There’s a small pool in the backyard. Use it any time. Even though it’s shallow, for safety, be sure at least one other person is out there with you!

Dim Sum

Monterey Park is the most Chinese city in America! You might as well have some dim sum!

  • Dim Sum World, tiny place, 1 km south (on the way to the Metro Gold Line)
  • Elite Restaurant, medium sized place, 0.8 km north
  • NBC Seafood, large place, 1.4 north (with dim sum carts pushed around the tables)

Groceries, etc

  • Ralph’s Groceries, 1.3 km south, 2230 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754
  • Target, 3.4 km, 5600 Whittier Blvd, Commerce, CA 90022
  • Walmart, 5 km, 1827 Walnut Grove Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

Getting Around LA

  • Rent a car
  • Buy a car & sell it when you get to New York
  • Uber/Lyft
  • Metro – busses right at the corner, or a 20 minute walk down to the Gold Line Metro Rail station.

If you have a car, you can park in the driveway. Be sure to park over to the right, or over to the left, so a second car can park next to you. If there are already 2 cars in the driveway, ask me for a permit to park in the street – it’s super important to give the permit back so I don’t have to pay $30 plus get yelled at by the Monterey Park Police Department!

LA Info

Things all visitor do

  • Hollywood
  • Santa Monica & Venice
  • Griffith Observatory

Things some visitors do


  • South to San Diego, or Tijuana
  • East to Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, or The Salton Sea
  • North to Santa Barbara, Monterey, Santa Cruz, or San Francisco
  • Highway 1

Theme Parks

  • Disneyland
  • Universal Studios
  • Six Flags
  • Warner Brothers Studios
  • Knotts Berry Farm

Art Museums

California Channel Islands
If you have a little more time and a little more money, you might like to take a day trip (or longer) to one of the California Channel Islands.

  • Santa Catalina Island – 194 km², the most visited island and the only one that really has any permanent residents there: population 4,096. It’s the "tourist island," but it’s pretty cool. On a hot August/September day in LA the air and water at Catalina are so great. There are no cars on the island, but there are a few roads. You can walk everywhere or rent a golf cart if you like. The residents drive golf carts with fancy mag wheels – funny to see.
  • Anacapa Island – 3 km², the smallest of the Channel Islands. It’s kind of cool to hike, but the top of East Anacapa is so small you might get a bit restless. If you rent a kayak, you can paddle around East Anacapa and possibly Middle Anacapa, which is very exciting. The channel side of the islands have great sea caves and the ocean side has blue waters that you rarely see in California, plus lots of sea lions.
  • Santa Cruz Island – 250 km², the largest of the Channel Islands. The kayaking isn’t quite as awesome as Anacapa, but it’s still great, and here you can do all the hiking you like.

Anything else?

Just ask! 😀

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