Published: December 4th 2011November 28th 2011
We stayed in San Diego just 12 miles from the mexican border for a few nights before heading to LA (plus we got an extra over nighter on the bus). Our host Jimmy and his girlfriend Kelly are great people to hang out with ! We visited our first English pub and thought it was funny when we walked in and there were two girls promoting Brown Ale, how ironic! We spent a full day walking along the golden sands of Califonia, went for mexican food, an all you can eat Indian Buffet (not in the same day) and had an awesome games night with a couple of Jimmy's friends Mi Linda and Craig. Craig also got us on a tour for free around San Diego which explained a little about the history.
We stayed with Drew when we got to Los Angeles, who was our longest host as we surfed with him for five nights. Drew's such a laid back guy and so easy to get on with. We loved Drew's ''That's so funny'' saying and I think Matt fell in love when he took us for Korean BBQ and cooked everything at the table for us, Matt's favourite
food in America. Drew was also kind enough to take us to his Aunts home for the Thanks Giving Holiday which was an amazing experience as his family are so kind and really welcomed us. Drew's sister and cousins cooked so many great things, Dora was kind enough to give us a goody bag of corn bread that was so yummy. Thank You so much again Lora, Kim and Dora we'll always remember our first Thanks Giving with you. The day after Thanks Giving is known as Black Friday as everywhere has a massive sale on, with 60% and more off things. Drew wanted some DVD's that were really cheap from Walmart and the sale started at 10pm on Thanks Giving for them so we were going to see how crazy it could get. As we were driving along the road to the Walmart we noticed a que on the pavement, this was to get it to the store! About the length o fNorthumberland street with out joking, we obviously didn't stop to go in ha ha.
We spent one day walking through the streets with the massive homes on them in Hollywood until we got to Hollywood's Walk
of Fame. Block after block of sidewalks just full of Famous names written in the stars, we also visited the outside of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, where hand and footprints of the stars pave the outside. Then of course, the HOLLYWOOD sign! our first thought, it's tiny... but an amazin thing to seen, it felt like we'd waited our whole trip so far to see it.
We decided to have a splurge and pay the $76 each to visit Universal Studios Hollywood. We got to see real life sets that are used in TV programmes and from movies. Kerry was so excited to see the Desperate Housewifes Street but as we got to that part they were filming on it so we couldn't see, did catch the end of the street though. There were loads of things to do here so was a great day and totally worth the money.
We thought we would spend Black Friday in Down Town LA and have a look around some of the sales, but because the city centres aren't really used for shopping but for working, it was really quiet. We did walk past City Hall, that was just surrounded by tents
and the occupy LA and then went to Union Station. We took the bus to Venise Beach after that and got to see all of the wierd and wonderful things along the beach front. People selling everything from lion masks to toe rings to home made art (which in some cases was really good, but in lots wasn't). The on call doc was even available for medical weed....
Well now it's time to leave America and visit Down Under, so photos might have us looking a little browner from now on. Thank You so much again all of the people that hosted us as you really did make our trip bloody brilliant so far.
Matt and Kerry.
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