Los Angeles

Trip Start Nov 02, 2007
Trip End Dec 31, 2008

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Je ne dirai pas grand chose sur Los Angeles etant donne qu'il n'y a pas grand chose. Le moindre mouvement requiere la voiture.
Ici c'est l'hiver, il fait environ 15 degres et les gens roulent avec la clim a fond avec des voitures qui consomme quelque chose que j'ai jamais vu: on a reussi a mettre de l'essence pour 60 dollars apres avoir fait le plein environ 36 heures au-paravant: c'est n'importe quoi.
Je ne dirai rien de plus, ca va enerver Claudia. Juste que je me sens encore plus isole ici qu'au milieu de l'atlantique sur un bateau de 12 metres...
On restera 4 jour ici, on attend les parents de Claudia pour voyager avec eux avant notre depart pour le Mexique. Le plan : visite de San Francisco, sejour de ski a Lake Tahoe (3/4 h de SanFrancisco) puis depart pour Las Vegas ou on les quittera pour prendre notre vol vers Mexico. Beaucoup de voiture en perspective, c'est genial...
We arrived in Los Angeles, only to be welcomed by a long queue at the immigration counter. There were only 3 counters opened, of which only 1 was meant for visitors. It took us 1 hour to be cleared of the customs, after having our both index fingers scanned and our picture taken. There were a number of passengers on transit who had to go through the same procedure as any other visitor to the country. I felt so sorry for them and was glad that I was not exactly in a rush. My sister and her friend, however had a long wait at the arrival hall.
We didn't do much in the 2 days that followed, except a small walk on the famous Rodeo Drive, which almost drove Greg crazy. That was probably the only walking we did in LA. Public transport is almost inexistent here and you need a car to go everywhere. It's no wonder the traffic jams are so persistent here.
My youngest sister lives just opposite Malibu beach. Where we slept, we had a beautiful view to wake up to in addition to the sunrise. Behind the house is the Santa Monica hills, all of which were badly burnt. In fact, my sister, my cousin (who shares the house) and their housemate had to evacuate the area for 3 whole days during the recent Malibu fire.
My family arrived from Singapore 2 days later. While they shopped around Rodeo Drive, Greg and I went to Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where there was a temporary exposition on Salvador Dali works. Unfortunately, the day we went there, the exposition was only open to members only, so we explored permanent collection, which was okay. The American art gallery had a refreshing collection. My younger brother and sister and their friends tried to go to Six Flags Mountain, only to find out that it was closed due to bad weather.
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