Today We Time Travelled!!!!

Trip Start Jan 08, 2011
Trip End Dec 20, 2011

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Jolies, Funky Venice Loft...

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Day 333 ;

So I think we maybe got an hours sleep on the chairs, from around twelve till one, then the kids started going off, screaming the place down, tried to ignore it but it wasn't happening, one lot set off another lot etc etc, and I made a note to myself, do not take my kids out in public if I can't control them. Ever. Because that's what I felt like going and saying to them!!
Anyway, thought it a good time to go for a walk, turned out in our favour anyway, was hanging around, could hear an American guy giving them a bit of stick about smoking and Claire was complaining earlier, think we'd all tried, but this guy was hamming it up a bit, he told me so afterwards, he was faking a mini fit, breathlessness, panic attack or whatever, anyway I hang around a bit, I watch a Fijian security guard and three blokes go down the elevator, I follow, watch them hanging around the toilet then all disappear, I go back up to Claire, someone's nicked one of the two seats so I now can't lie down, chairs everywhere, but nope they want them. So we make the choice to risk losing the seats, I go down hang around, pretend to use the toilet, this security guard sees me, comes over, gestures the universal hand signal for money and I say, one minute..
Run up get Claire and he locks all three of us in this washroom so we can drain cigarettes quickly!!!
Nuts!! We paid the bloke and we're locked in a room in an airport draining these fags!!
I hadn't noticed at the time but Claire said he was sweating buckets, probably risking his job but anyways,

After that we tried to get some more sleep at the top of the stairs but nothing doing, spent our 40 dollar food vouchers , eventually at about 3:30 am on the 7th, they started calling us up, me being one of the lucky ones as usual, along with about fifteen others had been "randomly" selected to go through another set of security checks so had to board through gate 5 instead of gate 7 along with all the others and Claire.
Not so bad though, we pretty much got on the plane a lot quicker than most!! Suckers!!!

Almost instantly the eyelids were drooping but as ritual, stayed awake just long enough for take off, the majority of peoples lights were out, and it all went pretty quiet pretty quick, first sign of life was around 9 o clock, breakfast came round.... back to sleep.....
Mingled in with bits of films.....
Pirates of the Caribbean on repeat......
I figured if we sleep and eat, we can't be thinking about a cigarettes!!!
At around five, more food came round, managed a full film, loads of sweets and soon we were coming down and wow!!!
Don't think we've had a shock to the system or been that excited since arriving in Chennai back in January.
What we could see from the window was immense, just a huge sprawl in every direction. Lights, traffic, buildings evrything lit up in the darkness, we could see headlight and tail- light snakes along huge motorways, something we have not seen for eleven months or whatever it is, it was crazy. Both a little excited!!

For all the worry people had given Claire about getting into Los Angeles, we were both expecting to be grilled but it all went fine, and quick!!
I think we landed at 19:40 local time and were out and in the taxi by 20:30 if not before, thankfully though after a 6 hour wait in the airport and then the ten hour flight, didn't need any more hassle.
It's funny too, the whole time that you know you can't smoke you manage, the minute you can almost smell the smoke, you just get worse, your thinking, come on bags, come on!!

Ah yes and to the point of the story.... So, this while time away we've been asking ourselves , wonder if there's a flight somewhere in the world which means that you actually travel back in time..., yesterday, tomorrow or whatever we got our answer,
So we left Fiji at 4:00 am on the 7th December, we arrived in LA at 19:40 on the 6th December, after ten hours in flight!!!!!
Cool huh!!! Well we thought so anyway....!!!!
Even if we'd taken our scheduled flight it still would of been the same, quite chuffed about that, little sad maybe, but still chuffed!!!

Walking out of the airport and after recovering from the headrush of the cigarette and slight sick feeling, kinda wish I hadn't bothered afterwards, but yeah, we were met by totally new sights and signs, full on life being the first ones, loads of traffic, big American cop cars straight out of the films, sirens, cabs etc etc it was almost refreshing to see in a way.

The cab driver got us to where we needed to be, we'd booked a bed through the website airbnb, lost cost rooms, in other peoples homes, so we arrive in Venice, taking in all the sights and sounds along the way, truly, straight out of every movie and everything American that you expect it to be.
We meet our host, Jolie, who has another guest leaving tomorrow, Christian from Germany and we pretty much just stay up late drinking and talking, sat outside on the patio area to the front of the house on the street, we get s fire going as its pretty damn cold by night here even though the days are good and yeah, though tired, its a nice way to get to know each other quickly.

After that its off to la la land......
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