I've been wanting to get into electronics for a while, I've seen loads of people say that arduino is the best way to go for starting out in electronics. After saving some money I bought a knock-off arduino board with an LCD and started programming. I found it horribly boring. It was just too easy in my opinion, I was hoping to move bits around and interact with hardware, but all I did was call a function to print to a line of text to the LCD.
I'm hoping for something a little harder, Ive got 2-3 years of C/C++ experience and was wondering if there is any 'true' electronics I could get my hands dirty with. As in actually interacting at a low level instead of using a function call.