Lights, Camera.......LA!

Trip Start Mar 12, 2010
Trip End Jun 04, 2010

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

We flew from Sydney at 10am on Sunday morning and arrived in LA at 6am on the same Sunday morning - we thought it was quite strange to have gained 4 hours even though we had just been on a plane for 13 hours! Anyway, we decided to go for the cheap option of using the metro from the airport to Hollywood where our hotel was. It only cost $5 for the whole trip. We went through some very dodgy areas and sat near to some rough looking people! Neither of us felt comfortable throughout the whole journey but the closer we got to Hollywood, the better it got.

The jet lag kicked in pretty quickly but we managed to have a walk down Hollywood Blvd and the ‘Walk of Fame’ and get some food at Hooters. We were both asleep by 8pm so not much happened that evening!!

No trip to LA would be complete without a trip to Universal Studios.  It’s a great theme park with things to do for everyone! The studio tour was really good with lots of special effects and tours around famous sets like ‘Jaws - Amityville Harbour’ and ‘War of the Worlds - plane wreck’, they were really impressive and looked just like in the film! After spending the day at Universal Studios, we went to the cinema to see Iron Man 2 and had some dinner at ‘The Hard Rock Café.’

The next morning we planned to head to Santa Monica, as we had heard it was a nice place, although on the day this was ruined by the crappy weather - it was cold and raining! We still had a walk along the promenade and the pier where we saw a pod of dolphins and a cute little seal that was being lazy and begging for food from the fishermen! After this we went on the 'LA City and Movie Star Homes Tour' which ended in Hollywood. The guide showed us some movie star homes and stopped at some famous roads like Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. We also went on a guided tour of the Kodak Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. This is where ‘The Oscars’ are held every year so it was really good to see inside the theatre and the side rooms. Overall, we didn’t really think the tour was worth the money and the tour guide started to annoy us both after a while! It seems everybody here wants a tip for doing nothing more than their job and they don’t expect the normal 10%, they expect 15-20%!

The following day we were both quite tired so we had a lay in and relaxed until our tour of Warner Bros Studios in the afternoon. The tour of these studios was really good - we got to sit in ‘Central Perk’ café from ‘Friends!!’ We had a quick rest at the hotel before going to the Dodgers Stadium for the start of the baseball match we had tickets for. The Dodgers were playing San Diego Padres and the Padres ended up pasting the dodgers 10-5! We sat in the ‘all you can eat’ stand so we could help ourselves to hotdogs, nachos, popcorn, nuts and drinks - the hotdogs were tasty. I was in my element!! The game was cool, it was not as hectic as most other sports but when the guys hit the homeruns it was exciting! The atmosphere at the baseball game was completely different to the Aussie Rules game we went to but it was still good. The baseball seemed to have more ‘hooligan’ type fans, or at least our stand did!!

Our last day in LA was a long one, we were up at 5am to go to SeaWorld in San Diego - about a 2/3 hour bus ride away! Kate had booked a Dolphin Interaction to do while she was there which she was looking forward to. She got into the pool with a female dolphin called Tobi and got to cuddle and kiss her. The dolphin did some tricks and played around in the pool with Kate and the rest of the group. We ended the day with the ‘Shamu Show,’ we couldn’t believe how big the Killer Whales are and how high they can jump - it was a really good show! We got back to our hotel at 11:30pm and that brought our time in LA to an end. The next morning we were up early again for our flight to San Francisco.

We both had mixed feelings about Los Angeles. Some parts seemed really nice, like Beverley Hills and surrounding areas, but you have to have a lot of money to stay or live there. We didn't think the other areas were very nice - it seems like the majority of the people who live there and the places themselves are run down and in poverty. We expected Hollywood to be all 'glitz and glam' but it was far from it! There were lots of tramps and weirdoes all over LA which made us feel quite uncomfortable at times. We both said we would not want to go back to LA and were quite pleased to be leaving for San Francisco. Having said that, the main tourist attractions we visited were really good and so we are glad we visited as we got to see them!
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Dad on

Hi both,
Is there anything left for you to do ???
Your going to be so bored when you come home !
Kate you seem to have a new outfit on in every picture
any money left ? xxx

Sarah Morris on

Hey Guys!

Its been so great following your travels through your blog. Looks Like you're still having a fab time! I can't believe you have moved on to America already! it only seems like 2mins ago you were in Thailand!!

You both look well and the photos are great :) swimming with the dolphins looks so fun kate can see you were in your element :) and your hair's got so long, looks lovely :)

Hope you have a safe journey to San Fran :) and have a great time there, you're certainly packing loads in and making the most of a trip of a lifetime :) My friend from work is travelling to australia for 3months on tuesday, i've shown her some of your pics and shes really looking forward to it :)

Can't wait to catch up with you when you get back :)

Take care xxx

carolyn woods on

HI Katie,

You look like you are so having an amazing time! it has gone so quickly though :-(

I had a great leaving time, I was very sad and had a few tears!! Have to say am thoroughly enjoying new job though - I really like the buzz of London and the new team are great.

Will catch up with you on your return - take care, love Carolyn xx


Howdy both. Glad to see you are having a good time in the States. So jealous of you sitting on the sofa of my favourite show. If only Gunthar had been there to serve you!!!. I totally agree with your dad's comments Kate - so many new outfits!! Enjoy the rest of your trip. I will give your dad my Clinique shopping list for NY. C U both soon. Lots of love Jill and Elliot xxxx

Auntie Shell on

Good to hear from you both and to be able to read and see what you have both been up to!
Your dad and I are getting a little worried about the new outfits, Kate! I think the plan is for your dad to take an empty suitcase with him!
Hope you both like San Francisco - go to the pier and try and go to one of the restaurants actually overlooking the bay as you can look at the diving platforms with all the seals just lying their basking away! Don't forgt China Town - I'm sure Andy will be a little peckish!!
Enjoy Vegas - but try and get out into the desert.
Hope you ALL have a good time in New York - but on no account are you to go to Abercrombie - don't know why I waste my time, so just try the South Street Seaport one, it's not as hectic as the one on Fifth!
Lots of love, Auntie Shell xx

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