Sunrise at 39,000 feet
Trip Start Feb 12, 2011
49Trip End Jul 09, 2011
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We breakfasted for the last few days in LA on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches...well when in Rome eh?! before on the wednesday heading out to catch our first metro (their bus system) to Santa Monica the beach town. About a 45minute ride through the traffic, constant start stop at the junctions that are at the end of every block, its amazing that the entire city is built on a grid, means you can never pick up the speed though
Soon we were down on the sands and pottering along the beach front. You walk through so many differnt types of area on the front, from the families on beaches, through to the ancient pier covered in rides and photo opportunites with parrots and lots of food places to then steves favourite...we hit muscle beach! unbelieveable - a gym on a beach! buff buff guys everywhere doing pull ups, dips, rope climbing, monkey bars all on the specially built equipment there. They seem very tolerant of the tourists who hop on to try it out..steve was up on the rope as quick as I can be - I have to say I was quite impressed - photo to follow! We then proceeded round all the equipment, me with the camera and gorking at the sheer amount of muscle surrounding me while Steve tried his hand at them all!
We soaked in the sun, i could literally feel the vitamin D glowing in my skin, it felt amazing! some time later we noticed we had walked quite a way and were in the nextdoor beach town of venice..a far more hippy and artistic area, stalls selling drawings, bags, clothes by afro guys with wonderful dreadlocks... we started to get slightly high on the air around there and turned off the beach front into the town.
The rest of the day was spent musing around and working our way back, inland this time to Santa Monica where they have street ambasadors just to check if you're ok, need help - good for asking where the nearest toilets are and the incessant charity workers asking for donations
It wasnt till I was on the bus that I started to feel a bit strange - hot but shivery and becomming oh so pink by the minute...guess who had managed to get sunburnt in WINTER los angeles...note to future self - you have british skin, deal with it, carry suncream at all times!!
Friday was our last day in LA so we went on a trip organised by the hostel to unviversal studios - fantastic! met some lovely people from the hostel, including a guy from england but who spoke with an australian accent - he had been over there for 9 months learning how to be a cowboy (they call the course something a bit posher but basically yea that) that was so cool, i hope to have an accent twang at the end of all this! The studios were awesome, from a tour of many sets, including a mexican town where they created a flash flood while we were in it, to jaws attacking the tour train and a being involved in the middle of a fight between king kong and the dinosaws (inside a huge tube of projections (very clever! we got jostled around and really spat on by the dinosaurs!), all mixed in with real American cheese from the tour guide - almost too much to take!haha! The rides were incredible whether simulated or roller coaster to walking through a haunted house - scarist thing I've ever done, screamed so much (the other guys did too, steve had to keep reminding me I was holding a hand that he could no longer feel!)
It did rain towards the end of the day but because there had been no queues for anything all day we had done the park so wandered around the universal town created just outside the gates, I had my first pretzel and steve polished off a huge meal at a huge ranch restaurant, before heading back through the city for the last time.
LA is fantastic, the sights, sounds and smells, you can walk from one street to another and feel like you're in a different city! we've learnt that the distances are huge, the service is fantastic, the traffic is continuous, the food is cheap, famous people wander around on the loose here, toilets never have lids, and the californian laidback lifestyle is one to aim for!
So much love to you all, I miss my family and I congratulate anyone for getting this far...think I may have to learn how to concise my musings of our days..
miss you, lots of love,