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After having our "midnight snack" at 10.pm last night we slept for another full night. The clothes we rinsed out were all dry, so onto breakfast, albeit in yesterdays clothes. Lol. Food court we went to yesterday does not open till 11.00 so we were recommended the local IHOP. Had the bottomless coffee (blah) I had the turkey bacon & egg white scrambled eggs (a couple of things ticked off my bucket list of American foods) They were yum. The blueberry flavoured maple syrup was yucky. Consulted the map and started walking..... spied a gorgeous building in the distance and it turns out it was the Los Angeles library. Had a wander around inside, it has a beautiful dome with murals depicting California's history. The lift was lined with old manual library reference cards. Walked onto ... read more
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It is getting to be time to hit the road again, this time Jennifer and I are on our way to Texas to visit her brother and do some snooping around in Dallas-Ft. Worth Texas. As was the case with the previous train trip we will be riding on Amtrak. However, we are not going to be going to on the Coast Starlight on this journey. We will be taking a more southern route this time as we are heading to Texas. I have included the maps on this blog as well as a picture of the map. Another difference this time is that instead of Jennifer and I sharing one compartment we are going to be taking two compartments of the roomette style. We did this for two reasons: 1. It allows us a little ... read more
Texas Eagle Route
Day Time Roomette
Night Time Configuration of the Roomette


I have long wanted to visit this museum in Los Angeles, but until today, May 13, never found the right opportunity. I found it today, by attending the Asian Pacific Islanders and Historic Preservation Community Symposium at the museum. Among the current exhibits: New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei March 12 - August 20, 2017 New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei explores the life and career of pioneering actor, activist, and social media icon George Takei. By examining Takei’s diverse experiences and achievements, this entertaining and interactive exhibition creates a portrait of a unique individual while offering an innovative means of engaging with the social history of America. GK: His YouTube conversations about Relocation are very inter... read more
Gila River Relocation Camp, Arizona
Moving day
JA Museum Los Angeles


This is a must stop for any book lover: There's no denying the significance of San Francisco's City Lights Bookstore, recognized as an official historic landmark for its role in beat culture. But the Last Bookstore has grown along with L.A.'s revitalized downtown and now holds the title of California's largest used and new bookstore. Its 22,000 square feet on two floors of the Spring Arts Tower hold 250,000 books, as well as thousands of vinyl records and graphic novels. The building also includes the Labyrinth Above the Last Bookstore, which features the gallery shops of local artists and mind-boggling installation art, such as a tunnel made from stacks of old tomes. And this: Not only is the Los Angeles Central Library ... read more
Entrance on 5th
Creative displays
Love the book sculptures


Many travelers around the world have Los Angeles on their short list of places to visit mainly due to the romance of the movies, endless sunny days and surfer dudes hitting the beaches. Los Angeles California is a small city of 4 million people, however the metro area is said to have more the 19 million inhabitants, which makes it the 2ndlargest U.S. city. A stream of entertainment must be available to keep all of these people busy. Having been here only a few short months causes one to try and get a good feel of what LA has to offer turns out to be quite a large city….especially area-wise. There in lied the struggle on whether or not to publish a blog about the museums and places we’ve visited as it is hard to describe ... read more
Hollywood Sign
Downtown LA
LA Baby

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Downtown August 9th 2016

We woke-up this morning still absolutely certain that we could not face the freeways again for another day, so today we planned to get to the Downtown area by the Metro Rail. Why not? We've done the Tube in London and the Subway in New York so we know how these things work. As we eventually managed to work out in New York, we first needed to buy a 'Tap Card' and then charge it with credit. No problem there. To get to Downtown, we had to take the Green Line to Willowbrook / Rosa Parks and then change to the Blue Line. Also, no problem there. The Green Line was actually quite nice. Then we got on the Blue Line. After Redondo Beach, Hollywood and La Crescenta, the Blue Line was a great way to ... read more
Downtown LA View
Interactive Experience
Liquid Shard

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Downtown January 21st 2015

Wednesday, 21st January 2015 My brief visit in LA allowed me some time to see the sights in the Downtown District. After my grab & go breakfast at the hotel, I took the red Metro to LA City Hall where free views of the city could be had from the top. This was one of the rare sights in the city where admission fees were waived. The gorgeous City Hall building was itself an attraction. Standing tall against the rest of the structures, this was a visit not to be missed. I didn't have much difficulty clearing the security. As soon as I produced my Singapore's passport, the officers did not give me a hard-time. Getting to the top involved passing through the grand Tom Bradley Room. Once I was up there, the 360 degrees views ... read more
The City Hall Building
Market Place
Angel's Flight


Well, I mean living large in L.A. for a pittance, if you are as poor as a church mouse by Bel Air standards, yet saved a few pennies. I didn't know what to expect from Los Angeles, California in my first visit. I was in no rush to see California. I am not a fan of car culture, I'm not good at small talk, nor am I that obsessed with my looks (my friends may argue that particular point) nor do I care for material things in general. Somehow Los Angeles wasn't an imperative, like Prague or Amsterdam. I certainly wasn't prepared for it by watching TV shows and movies filmed there. I didn't even recognize the Baywatch set in Malibu. My hotel, JW Marriott L.A. Live, showed promise, a gentrified patch, rising from the rubble ... read more
Dolby Theater
Hollywood Blvd.
Walk of Fame

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Downtown December 31st 2013

The pep rally was held at the LA Livearea and a ton of people showed up for it. So much so that we were so far away we really couldn't hear what was being said by people like Mark Hollis, Coach Mark Dantonio, Kirk Cousins, and later Lou Anna Simon. However, we saw several MSU celebrities up close within the Hyatt right next to the LA Live area such as : Ron Mason, George Perles, Lorenzo White, Javon Ringer. That was great as my mom got pictures taken with both Javon Ringer and Lorenzo White, and I got a quick word in with Lorenzo before getting a picture taken with him. Lorenzo and I graduated from Michigan State in the same year, 1988. Oh, and Lorenzo and I were both in the Rose Bowl on 1 ... read more
Mom and I
Pete and Eric
Two White Haired Guys


The day after Thais and her family had left, I caught a plane to Los Angeles because I was going to attend the Third World Congress on Positive Psychology. Preparing for it had been a challenge. Originally, my intention had been to have my two posters and one elevator pitch type presentation ready before going to Finland, but due to loads of other work to do, I had not managed to finish even one of them. So I needed to do it all while Thais was there, which was very unfortunate, but finally I had everything ready. Just on time, I went to have my posters printed at 4 p.m. the day before my flight to the US… The journey to Los Angeles via Munich went smoothly, and I arrived in the hotel on Wednesday evening. ... read more
The hotel pool
Katha & one of her posters
Skyline of Bunker Hill




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