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Had a great day at Universal Studios but would have been awesome if all the rides and shows were operating. Highlights were the studio tour (although Jaws was out getting a facelift), the animal actors show and Transformers ride.
After our fun day at Universal headed off to pick up the hire car "Mustang or similar". Got there and the rental guy couldn't find us a Mustang. He must have seen the bottom lip start to ...
After a few more days in Coogee it was time to say goodbye and hop on a cab back to the Sydney International Airport, where we all boarded a plane destined for Los Angeles. Leaving Australia was surprisingly really sad! Usually after staying away from home for two weeks, I'm a bit anxious to be back on home turf but this time around I was very nostalgic. The second we lifted off the ground I was instantly sad, but ...
... out on the pier, past the theme park and restaurants. There were people fishing off the pier for sardines and lots of pelicans diving into the water for fish which was neat to watch. We timed it perfectly as it was lovely and sunny while we were out there, then the dark clouds from the city started to roll in and it started to rain. We made it back to the car without being completely drenched! Next we drove along Venice/Muscle Beach for a look. Our last stop was in the city center to ...
... the airport. I thought our location was fairly central… the bus was fairly popular especially closer to our final stop but I see why most locals have cars.
Our motel is probably not in the best location. The street name Alvarado should have given us a clue. It was mainly a Hispanic neighbourhood with a few African American and Chinese locals but very few European. Everyone seemed friendly enough though and we felt fine.
I have an ambitious boy here, who is ready and anxious to travel to places around the world. This will be his first test -- hopefully he does well, and I believe he will. 18 days away from home (and Mom) is a bit for a 12 year old, but hey, he'll grow stronger and the things we'll see surely will be eye opening. Our itinerary is an aggressive one, with little time for rest. In total we have 11 flights through 5 countries ...
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