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Travel Blogs from Santa Monica
... map I'd acquired from the RV rental shop. This map proved woefully inadequate so we ended up driving up and down Laurel Canyon Boulevarde looking for Laurel Canyon which should be quite easy given the Hollywood Hills are pretty bloody obvious really. What makes getting lost easy, almost inevitable is the sheer sprawling hugeness of this city with a flatness interspersed with the occasional hill and distant mountains that can lure one into a false sense of certainty about ...
... at everything without having to dodge lots of people.
There is one thing that I dislike about this whole beach area, and that is the amount of homeless that are sleeping/existing on the foreshore. It doesn't appear that they ever get moved on. It really is sad to see so many, but at the same time it is an eyesore, as it is a lovely area.
... describes life in Santa Monica in nutshell and we instantly loved it! We strolled along 3rd street which literally buzzed with a great number of variety entertainers; the atmosphere was contagious. It was rapidly apparent that after months of the backpacker lifestyle and our time on the tranquil Fijian islands, a little bit of LA glam and spontaneous spending would suit us just fine - cue pretty women theme music! Unfortunately our bank balances were not compatible with this ...
... friend from high school.
"So I got on my bike and came here. Took me 2 months."
"I'd promised my 16 year old daughter a car, but I had to borrow money to bury my son, so now she's not happy with me either."
So what next? "I'm heading to Vegas." Why? Will you get work there? "I just sense that there are more opportunities there. And it's cheaper to live."
Have you tried working here?
"I tried working, but went ...
... a family office session. This year some 80 billionaire families were represented, with a combined worth of a medium-sized nation.
The Global Conference is about display. Not showing off exactly, but a demonstration of what financial power and market mechanisms can accomplish. Truly impressive.
Also impressive are the Panelists that populate the sessions not found in the main ballrooms. Eminent scientists, high profile sports people, ...