LA Baby!

Trip Start Mar 27, 2006
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Trip End Jul 23, 2006


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Saturday, June 24, 2006

OK, this has been a long time coming because I gave up on my diary when I got to America (the internet was too expensive-we were a bit broke!)and so some of these entries might be a little bit vague but I've done the best I can!
LA was pretty weird to be honest. The day I arrived, my flight landed at around 6 am so as we drove to Santa Monica I saw the full range of tramps and their trolleys still napping on their benches around town. (I was thinking of getting one to carry my bags. A trolley, not a tramp). It was really good to see Lucy and James after 2 months on my own-it was a nice change not to be having the same converstaion over and over again: where are you from? where are you travelling? How long are you away for? We were staying at a hostel in Santa Monica which was OK, although there were still a lot of crazies around and loads of people living on the streets. Unfortunately some of the hostels in America don't go along with the usual rule that you can only stay short-term and then only if you can prove you live out of the area which stops people usuing them as basically cheap bedsits! We did have fun in Hollywood. We did the whole Walk of Fame thing - Lou was very distraught that she couldn't find Hugh Grant! We had our arms twisted (didn't take too much!) into doing a limo tour of Hollywood except the air con was broken and it was boiling. We went past loads of sights including the school where they filmed Grease, the Viper Room Club and a LOT of celebrity houses - Ozzy Osbourne's was defintiely the most recognizable. We also got some pictures of the Hollywood sign-only from a distance though, if you get too close they charge you thousands!
While we in LA we also went to Universal Studios which isn't as good as Florida but was still pretty fun. The studio tour was much better though, seeing as LA is where they actually make the films! We saw loads of sets- Desperate Housewives (who were filming the day we were there), the OC, the Shining and props from loads of films. We continued our theme park fest the next day at Disneyland. It took us forever to get there, but all was forgiven when I saw our motel room-it was my first in months. We had Queen size beds, a TV, a bath-it was amazing! Disney was fun, we didn't have that long there but we did all the stuff we wanted to and we stayed to watch the fireworks which was incredible. It's Disneyland's 50th anniversary in California and they've done a display in time to all the themes from the rides-it's hard to explain but it was amazing. The perfect end to our stay in LA.
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