Walter's World

Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Walter's apartment

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

It was strangely familiar being back in LA, huge as it is. The journey a la Greyhound was pleasant enough providing much-needed air-con but it was annoying that we couldn't enjoy the view. It was largely obscured by window ads, grrrr! But at least we could take advantage of the free wi-fi thanks to Lapiņo's 8 hour battery life. Poor Lappy could only manage 20 minutes when on his death-bed. 

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! You may recall that we met Walter and Vee (who was off to India the following day) at Best Buy when we acquired Lapiņo. We took him up on the offer to crash at his place where we spent a few days of quality, chillaxing time. We spoke about everything and nothing until the early hours while feasting on Mario's spicy cooking. Walter didn't only handle the heat, he revelled in it! 

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. He's been in the industry for yonks and used to work as a grip on movies such as Anaconda, WaterWorld plus a forthcoming attraction called Battlefield. So Walter had his people call their people to get us onto the visitors' list. We didn't bump into any celebrities, or at least none that we recognised.  It was cool to freely explore behind the scenes and see the inner workings of a couple of sets with Walter's ex-colleague.

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?
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