First night - LA

Trip Start Feb 02, 2008
Trip End Aug 19, 2008

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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Hi everyone, I hope you're all doing alright and not worrying too much. La is a crazy city, everyone that lives here says so. The flight over was amazing, apparently there were strong winds over the atlantic so we flew over Greenland and Canada. It was so amazing! Miles and miles and miles of snow and huge moutains. We flew over the rocky mountains too. The aeroplane food was great too, everything was so exciting. The first friend we made was on the plane, this crazy rich girl from Newport. She was studying at Oxford and you could tell her house was like one from the O.C from the way she looked horrified when we said we would get the bus (She said everyone drives everywhere in LA, and according to computer screen in the back of the chair infront (on the plane) there are more cars than people in LA), and the way we told her we were backpackers but she still told us to go to disneyland, expensive. She also said Thailand wasn't a civilised place, we let it slip.

We got of the plane onto ground governed by the terminator, and came to the U.S Borders and Passport Control. We has to fill in a visa form and have our fingerprints and photograph taken. It just made us feel like terrorists, they asked us lots of questions. We caught about 3 buses till we got to Hollywood. The people in America are so nice! They actually talk on buses and everyone wants to know where we are from, where we're going. Someone told us america was happy to have us, and everyone says "youre welcome".

Then we got lost at about 6:45 LA time.

We had a crazy night after that, we went to Starbucks to ask where our hostel was, and there we met some lovely people. "Sophie from france", and a guy that I don't think told us his name. We gave them this blog address and I hope they read it. (If you are reading, I'm very sorry but we lost your email address,  we had a frantic night that I will explain next.)

Then we saw some cops. I have to call them cops and not police officers because police officers dont carry guns, but cops do. They said "Do you ladies want a ride to where you need to get to." Or something like that. Next thing we know we are in an American Cop car, I havet even been in a British one. They turned the lights on so we could take over the Los Angeles traffic, which there was alot of. One of the police officers that was sat in the back with us called people "donkees" and "goons". When I got in I sat on his bag and he said "Sorry thats mine", when I passed it to him he looked at me and said "thats my bag of guns".
They had an amazing laptop in the front, it had green writing, like in Mission Impossible. They got this call through and one of the cops said "Whats that that just came through." The other guy said "Just some shooting". Me and Oonagh looked at each other, just some shooting, LA is a crazy crazy place. We went to the wrong hostel 3 times, and so spent over an our talking to these cops in their car, driving around LA. They showed us the sights and told us what music they liked.

We made it to the hostel, about four or five hours from touching down, it only cost us $2.50 each to get there, and we drove alot of miles. By the time we got to the hostel we had been awake nearly 24 hours and were feeling freaked out that we had been in a cop car, in close proximity to alot of guns. So Sophie from France and your husband, a mixture of factors led us to misplace your email address, sorry about that. I think you can comment this blog and give it us again if you like.

When we were sat on the packed bus you notice that its pretty much for ethnic minorities, we were nearly the only white people on it. Everyone else drives cars, BIG BIG cars. They are like twice the size of any car I've seen in Britain, and they are twice as fast. If you go to America remember, if you're on a zebra crossing cars still turn right.

Anyway, theres a lot more to say but also a lot more to do. I just wanted to let everyone know about our amazing cop car experience that I have found really hard to put into words while people are waiting to use the computer.

Dont worry about the things that seem scary, Americans are crazily nice. Britain seems so quite and grey in comparision. I'm looking forward to Super Tuesday. Voting time.
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bernie-s on

Cops and Burgers and Things
Yeah we are having INTENSE fun. I dont think they would let you in Tom, I think we look really little and so people help us all the time. It is pretty useful actually. The cop car thing was so fun, at one point the cops stopped this guy and asked him to walk on the sidewalk, me and Oonagh felt well powerful, a little bit like we were cops ourselves. We also got invited to dinner from 'Act Da Fool', think he thinks hes an up and coming hip hop legend. We politely declined. The accents here are so nice, they make me melt. We are going to go and sit in a coffee shop for 3 hours tomorrow / today (Its twenty past five in the morning here) and just listen to people talk.

Dont spend any more ridiculous money. Although everything is mega cheap here. You can buy a burder in Mcdonalds for 50p, not that I would want to, but just to highlight that.

Send me and email if you like

Bernie xxxxx

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