Evolution in DC and surfing in California
Trip Start Sep 06, 2007
1Trip End Oct 10, 2007
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DC has a lot of great monuments and museums, many of which I still need to see (you can see my first travelogue for monument pics). However, I did get to spend some time in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
After DC, I had the wonderful opportunity to spend two weeks in the LA area; more specifically Santa Monica and Malibu. Mrs. Smith wasn't there for the first week, and Mr. Smith was quite busy so I had a good bit of free time to explore. Santa Monica is a beautiful place, and as a local described it "a true bum's paradise." They have a lot of programs for the homeless and don't try to move them along to anywhere else, so they tend to collect there. Unfortunately for the bums, they have subsequently ended up on the wrong end of an unequally weighted supply & demand relationship. At least in my personal experience, their demand for change/food far outweighed my ability to supply it. After buying food for a few of them in the mornings, I had to say No to the ones that asked in the afternoons and evenings. A true bummer (pardon the pun).
I stayed in an awesome hotel in Santa Monica (The Fairmont Miramar) with a balcony that overlooked the beach and ocean.
The "Third Street Promenade" is another attraction in Santa Monica, which is basically just three blocks of shopping and restaurants. It has pretty decent street performers, and a sushi restaurant that I particularly liked. It had an upstairs band/dance area where they hold salsa dance lessons followed by a salsa band. So once again I took a lesson and stayed for the band afterward. Normally, I dance quite a bit at those kinda things but this was a little different...I think all the best salsa dancers in LA showed up. It was amazing to watch, but unfortunately, every girl in the place had already been spun around by at least three different Rico Suaves before I could get to them. I essentially had very little to offer in the salsa dancing department after they had danced with these professionals, so I mostly just enjoyed the show.
On another day, I went with a friend to see the Getty Museum, which is truly a site to see both inside and out. Though it held some amazing artwork, I was equally impressed with the architecture and grounds of the Museum.
After a week in Santa Monica, we went a little up the coast to Malibu. As with just about all the places we stay, it had an amazing view. The week in Malibu was fairly uneventful except for one very important point... I went surfing every day!!! Man it was great to be in the water again! Even if the water was freezing and obviously polluted.
So now I'm excited to say I'll be heading to Austin tomorrow for some quality time with family and friends. After that it's back to DC, where I think I'll spend most of October, with occasional trips to NYC.
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