Venice Beach - muscles and tans...

Trip Start Jul 24, 2007
Trip End Nov 11, 2007

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Flag of United States  , California
Sunday, September 9, 2007

Arrived here last night after a supposed 5hr bus journey from Vegas which actually took 8hrs! I'm so glad that was my last greyhound encounter! If I came to the states again I'd either use Amtrak or drive, greyhound suck!

The Greyhound station in LA in the depths of downtown LA - not like anywhere normal either down a side road which is loitered with drunks and homeless people, the usual types you know oh and the wierdos that you only find in the US who don't care  - they'll just come up to you and say "have you got $20 I can have I need to get drunk!" "Sorry I have no money" is my usual response with the hope that they won't stab me and I've learnt never ever to get a whole packet of cigarettes out of my bag in public cos you'll have like a million people asking you for a cigarette and you can't say you don;t have any cos they've already seen them!

So I decided to stay in Venice Beach well actually it was more of a case of having to - everyone I've met said to stay in Santa Monica cos its supposed to be amazing but all the hostels were full so option 2 was Venice Beach mainly cos its pretty close to the airport but its really nice and I'm glad that I came here the hostel is okay but its located about 2 minutes away from famous beach which is lovely and muscle beach (where Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hulk Hogan train) is about 5 minutes away.

I'm sharing a room with two girls from New Zealand called Rebecca and Lex who are really great, I've been on the beach with them today and an Irish guy called Jerry who is also pretty groovy. The beach is spectacular and there were loads of people down there today surfing (or trying to) and with boogie boards and of course the California state lifeguards are like a real life baywatch ensemble with the yellow trucks and the red trunks - didn't see any girl ones though just guys...shame.

I wandered down to muscle beach - thought there might at least be something worth lookin at! - there is a competition going on down there today but all the guys taking part were old and didn't really seem very muscular! Arnie wasn't there but there are soo many pictures of him about - apparently there is a famous training gym just up the road where loads of Hollywood stars go to train if I was here longer then perhaps I'd hold a vigil outside just to see if I could see anyone famous! Actually I did see snoop dog in Vegas just before I left hanging out of a limousine on the strip - I think the MTV awards are being held there this weekend but couldn't get my camera out of my bag quick enough so have no evidence!

Leaving tomorrow night for the Cook Islands which I'm looking forward to - gonna stock up on books for 10 days in the sun and work on my tan cos some guy told me that I had to do that today cos I stand out too much!

Anyway can't use the laptop here so can't upload pictures and don't think I'll be able to in the Cook Islands either but I'll do it as soon as I can. 
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