Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
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The bus took us into the heart of downtown. Many warned us about this area, advising us to rather give it a miss. It's dodgy, they said, and we have to concur. There are loads of people just hanging around, scoping everything and everyone out. We hardly stepped beyond the gates before we were harassed to buy stuff or take a taxi. But we didn't need a taxi nor did we need to venture into this urban jungle on foot...
Walter to the rescue
We kept it low key in LA this time by exploring the local area in and around the Miracle Mile within walking distance from Walter's "flat" (not apartment!). We enjoyed live jazz at LACMA (LA County Museum of Art), marvelled at the La Brea tar pits and cars through the ages at the Petersen Automotive Museum, and experimented with freshly cut fruit from the local Mexican fruit stand, sprinkled with chilli powder and freshly squeezed lime. I love chilli but, I've decided, not on my fruit. Mario took to it though, making us more curious about what else Mexico might have to offer. Aside: fruit is so much sweeter in the US, as is chocolate, soda and ice cream. Hold on... have they been injecting my mango with sugar!
On our last day with Walter he surprised us by letting us tag along on his visit to Sony Pictures. He works for GAM (hehe no, not Cape Town chav variety) selling lighting products used in TV and movie sets
All too soon our time in LA came to an end. Our time with Walter was memorable and good for the soul. Thanks for making it so special :) We look forward to hooking up again somewhere in the world. Colombia, perhaps?