03.07.2011 25 °C
Firstly, apologies for the slight delay in me posting anything on my experience in America.
Los Angeles - the land of Angels was incredible. Bex and I arrived along with others from Fiji as all those heading back to this side of the world were on the same flight. There had already been lots of goodbyes in Fiji and more in LA. However my friend Lucy was taken hostage by US immigration on the grounds they didn't believe she was travelling on her own passport so we never saw her again as we departed for Universal City! Taxi driver gave us a quick glimpse of the Hollywood sign before dropping us of at our amazing hotel. The thought of a porter to carry our things and people literally waiting on us hand and foot, (obviously thought we were famous) for our entire stay. They loved us! Obviously having only spent a mere 2 hours in the US it was high time for a shopping trip, which 2 hours in Abercrombie and Fitch totally sufficed followed by dinner in the Hard Rock Cafe. Only issue with LA so far was the apparent lack of a hot sun so we were freeeeezing. Or maybe I am just too used to the weather in Fiji?! Next day was Universal Studios were there were sonmany fat people followed by more shopping, dinner, free drinks and cheese board in the hotel then back out again for the 10.25 showing of 'Pirates of the Caribbean 4' which didn't finish till 1.30ish. Nightime at City Walk wasn't that great to be honest, nothing is open which is particularly annoying when your starving! That next morning we departed relatively early for the Warner Brothers studio tour which was really exciting! So much Harry Potter memorabilia, we also got to sit in the set of the coffee shop from friends! My favourite had to be walking down the streets that are used for basically every film, and you actually recognise buildings from films which is weird as they look nothing alike! I nearly cried when I saw the orphanage from Annie! Bit sad to find out that most films and tv programs never feature anything real. :-(
After that we hopped on to LA's fantastic bus system ($1.50) to go anywhere and it's really reliable and quick down to Venice Beach! Bit of a shady area when we arrived but the hostel we were staying in was really nice! A tour of LA was on the agenda the next day and the kind man in the hostel booked us on to it and we got collected which was excellent saving us valuable time. The Hollywood Sign, The Walk of Fame and then onto Beverly Hills, home to the stars which was pretty surreal. Bel Air was next and a close up of the house from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air!! Soo coool! When searching for stars on the walk of fame Bex and I got a bit carried away and our tour bus drove of with out us. Never getting panicked we quickly pleaded with another driver to follow the bus up to the Hollywood sign and managed to get back in our bus, much to the drivers displeasure! I think he was trying to get rid of us. :-/ a trip to the wax museum after that, they are all a bit creepy though. I also don't think Selina Gomez has really done enough to get herself in there to be honest. Gave her a nice slap in the face didn't I. Lol. Getting the bus back turned out to be highly eventful. Thinking I know the way back to the hostel I start leading the way. Soon we are lost but I happen to recognise two buildings. Lindsay Lohan's house and Samantha Ronson's, obviously have to stop for a peak in, getting lucky we spy Lindsay, her sister and her mum. Continuing our walk I eventually except the fact that we are well and truly lost so flag us down a taxi. It takes us down the road for 30 seconds and then charges us 5 dollars. We refuse to pay so it starts to drive of with us, probably the most scary thing I have experienced!
Our last day in Los Angeles was spent down at Venice Beach doing some sunbathing and then wandering through the shops, 3 hours later we find ourselves at Santa Monica pier which didn't seem that epic a walk at the time. When I looked up our round trip I discover we did a full 9 mile circuit, I did however then notice that my leg had a slight swelling on the side of it but didn't think anything of it... That evening we made our way to the greyhound bus station to continue our trip upto San Francisco!
Love Gaby xxxxx