...the longest day of our lives!

Trip Start Nov 09, 2008
Trip End Apr 02, 2009

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Flag of United States  , California
Monday, February 23, 2009

Having left Auckland at 7pm on 23rd February, we arrived in Los Angeles at 10am on 23rd February, making our 23rd February 45 hours long.  So 10am, Los Angeles, we were prepared - we had heard all the stories about the delays and officious immigration and customs staff in America - keep cool, they're only doing their job, etc.  Even the pilot on the flight had been sarcastic about the immigration officers not accepting visa waiver forms with crossings out on!  So, as always happens in these situations, when you are prepared for the worst, it all went swimmingly!  It was one of the few airports where we didn't get queue jumped but there were no problems at all.  We did get thrown going through customs, where you have to declare all the countries you have travelled through from the UK to get to the States, when they asked if we had brought anything in Thailand that we were bringing into the country.  Whilst it was a perfectly reasonable question, we were taken aback as it seems such a long time ago since we were in Thailand.
We had booked a room at the airport Holiday Inn as we anticipated needing sleep after the flight and didn't want any hassle.  This was when the hassle started!  What they failed to mention on the website when booking was that this particular Holiday Inn was mid renovations and the building noise was appalling and it sounded as though they were using a hammer drill in the next room, which indeed they may have been.  Despite this we booked in and D managed to sleep through the noise and Yvonne and Steven found themselves not terribly tired so spent the afternoon continuing with sticker books! 
We finally headed for a Taco Bell (Mexican food - yum!) and had some tea and settled down for a good night's sleep as the building work was only between 7am and 7pm.
We were amused as the Holiday Inn was, by chance, very close to Inglewood which D had been going on about since Australia, and we were disappointed that, despite flying in the day after Oscars' Night, there were no celebs to be spotted!
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yvonne.stowe on

Re: Inglewood
D is glad someone knows this reference. As for Taco Bell - have you used Old El Paso mexican stuff? - it's just the same but someone else puts it together for you!

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