Goobye Houston :( Hellooo L.A.

Trip Start May 02, 2010
Trip End May 29, 2010

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Sorry this has taken over a week to post. Power Week was named well... and we didn't always have internet.

"Umy has a gift for you," was what we woke up to. Jeff and I jumped out of bed and made our way downstairs. My bag had been emptied all over the floor. Pens chewed, tissue remnants everywhere. Luckily he didn't damage the passports.
I guess it's not only kids that act out when a new baby is born.

We were going to see Caron's school before we caught our flight, but ran out of time. Again.
It was really sad saying goodbye (no tears though. I was brave!) to Caron and Hannah at the airport, but also exciting that the next stretch of our holiday was about to start.

We cannot thank Caron and Mike enough. What a fantastic week. We are already talking about 'when we come back.'

Jeff and I didn't get to sit next to each other on the plane, as there is no allocated seating on Southwest flights. I sat in the row behind him and fell asleep just after take off, book in hand. Necia, thanks so much for those neck pillows. They were perfect. 

We weren't prepared on our flight TO Houston, as we had just got off an international plane, and Jeff was bored. This time he was better prepped and he listened to the iPod for most of the trip.

I only slept for about 1/2 hr and then got chatting to a the couple next to me. It turned out he was a Pastor at a church in Sacramento and they had been visiting Houston for their daughters wedding. They were such a lovely couple. They answered any questions I had about the U.S. We talked about our home Churches, our favourite books in the bible and they told us places to visit along the way. They also explained what and where we were flying over. There was lots of flat brown, then streams and farmland, mountain ranges; some with snow.
As we landed Don said "It has been an unexpected blessing to meet you." I couldn't have agreed more.

We got a shuttle to the hire car place and then began driving to Venice. (Hey Mum, I've been to Venice too!) With the help of the Garmin Jeff did really well navigating L.A. on the 'wrong side of the road.' (the RHS) Caron and Mike thanks so much for the practice time in Houston.

We checked in to the rustic 'bed and breakfast' Venice Beach House and went for a walk along the Venice Beach walkway. The sand was about 100m away from the front of The VBH and stretched out a couple of hundred metres to the water, and was km's long. It was about 5km to Santa Monica pier, but we wanted to wait till Helen joined us to visit, so we only walked about 1/2 way. We grabbed a sandwich (now about 4:30pm) for lunch (nothing like what I thought! It was a hotdog bun with cubed chicken) and headed back.

We were trying to explain what Venice Beach is like. We came up with a Newtown/Byron Bay, where they could legally sell marijuana for 'medicinal purposes' and there were beach side shops everywhere. There were a lots of street performers and even a commercial being filmed. 
We walked past Muscle Beach, an outdoor gym, where Arnold Schwarzenegger first got started. The men where huge. It looked like it was hard for them to walk with their muscles on muscles.

We went back to cafe along the beach for dinner, for some real food. Jeff had a burger and I had a vegetarian pasta with a red curry sauce. Yum! The walk to and from the cafe was FREEZING!!! The wind was blowing hard and 'bitey.' I did the L.A thing and shoved my hands in my pockets and put my hoodie up. (See, they don't do that because of the paparazzi, they do it because its freezing!!!) We weren't back 20 mins and Jeff was asleep fully clothed on top of the covers. I watched a bit of TV before reading my book and crashing too.

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