Before this year, I never had any intention or desire to visit Los Angeles. From all the things I had heard about it, it didn't sound like my kind of place. I'm a city slicker and LA is an huge urban sprawl where commuting is a nightmare. I much prefer places where the city is in the centre and that's where the action is. Places like Melbourne, New York and Amsterdam. I had heard bad things about LA and it just didn't sound like I'd enjoy it. When I was planning my trip, I knew I wanted to train at iO so the choice was to spend 5 weeks in Chicago or Los Angeles. Ultimately, I went with LA for a number of reasons.