El viaje de Los Ángeles (The tour of Los Angeles)

Trip Start Dec 31, 2009
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Trip End May 27, 2010


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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Yay! I didn't forget my camera today!

Before I start, I would like to mention that there are so MANY Mexicans in LA, its crazy! over 40%  of people in LA, speak it as a first language, rivaling English. (cheers to Wikipedia for that interesting stat!)

Ok, to start: Today I found that the actual city of LA (not the county, yes that is county NOT country!!)is a very funny shaped city, its not regular, in fact if you look on a map it has patches here, long  strips here... it almost looks like a child splashed some paint on a map and randomly rubbed their finger all over it!!

I say this because so some of my tour today was in other area's such as Santa Monica, and West Hollywood not actual L.A (even Beverly hills is separate, it has it's own police force and jail!!)

I covered SOOOOOOOOOO much ground today, I wont even start! Some highlights for me where, Santa Monica beach: Here I got a frozen, choc dipped banana from a small corner store, saw some baskell ball being played in the park, MASSIVE free mason logo (how mysterious.....), and LA beaches. The main part of Santa Monica is 'vennince' where the hippie culture started in in the 60's, and its still evident today in the stuff here there... real dirty people with lots of piercings, graffiti EVERYWHERE, the feeling as if ur about to be mugged even though there is 100 tourists around, and homeless everywhere. Vennice is called vennice because in the 20's the whole area was built with artificial canals instead of streets, and people used to take the gondola to get around instead of car/walk. Eventually the guy who owned the area went bankrupt and LA couldn't afford the upkeep so almost all of the canals were filled in with sand and made into streets, but some still remain. The pic's of the old Vennice looked amazing!

Next stop was downtown (central) LA. Not much going on here, just random Mexicans everywhere trying to sell you stuff. Moving on! 

 Next was HOLLYWOOD! BUSY AS!! Went to the Hollywood walk of fame (which you can be on btw... if you have 25,000 spare lol) people dressed up everywhere (though I only got a photo with jack sparrow lookalike, cause I didn't want a stranger taking my camera ahaha)

Its really to hard to explain the atmosphere, billboards Everywhere, massive ones too. U'll just have to go there! Next was Bevery Hills and the rich area's of LA county. Saw the entrance to exclusive estates where stares lived, house where Michael Jackson died (all these are in the pic's!!). Brad Pitt's and Jenifer Anistons old house, America's most expensive house (150,000,000). We stopped off in a random park in bevery hills. I was shocked at the atmosphere of the place. Every house around it was a mansion where pristine gardens (see photo's), even the street and the pine trees planted looked PERFECT. I photographed and old lady wearing what looked like REALLY expensive clothes, sitting on a park bench with her dog in her lap. The park itself was actually a small golf course, and a rich man and his son were playing golf in the Beverly hill park.... It was like a miniature paradise on earth... kinda blew my mind. 

One last thing I'll comment on was Rodeo Drive. Here next to beverly hills is the MOST expenive shopping distrit in the whole of LA. here are stores like D and G, versache.. and all the other expensive ones I can't remember. Many stores do not have price tags, because if you have to ask about the price, the store is obviously to expensive for you. One store that stood out was so expensive, that you could not simply walk in on the street to visit. Just to have a look around, you have to BOOK IN ADVANCE!! (its sells 50,000 suits so its no surprise). People like Barak Obama and heaps of A list celebrities have bought stuff from this store.

Anyway, after the tour I came back to my hotel and went to a shopping mall, where I bought some gloves and a coat a Macy's to prepare for Chicargo tomorrow! (The top temp for casted there tomorrow is -11 degrees Celsius!! BRRRRRRRR-rrr-rrrrRR)

Make sure you cheak out some of the photo's!

Love you all! 

Dan
 
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