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Published: December 18th 2014
After visiting the desert I had arrived back in Los Angeles, staying in Hollywood for the next 5 days. The following day was Friday, and one of the few days that the Six Flags Theme Park was open, with massive rides - one of the few things I was interested in doing in America, and so I got up nice and early to make my way across the city by three methods of transport to the theme park.
Being a Friday, the theme park was almost empty, despite having some of the biggest rides I'd ever seen - making queues for massive rollercoasters almost non-existant. This meant that by 4pm, I'd already been on all the 12 rollercoasters I had wanted. The day was lovely too, like any summer day we could dream of in England! Definitely worth it!
The following day I made my way over to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, exploring the stars and viewing the sign from many different locations. The day after had originalyl been planned to visit Universal Studios, but after reassessing the cost, and the levels of enjoyment I decided I would skip it, and have a rest
day instead - Six Flags was so much better than I expected that that was enough to satisfy me.
On my last full day I went off to visit the Beverly Hills Area, walking past the huge gated mansions and down to Rodeo Drive, such a different world from the rest of the city, with its poor infrastructure and huge numbers of beggars (being asked for money less than 5 times in a day was slowly being considered a good day).
After being in Los Angeles for almost a week in total, I was on to my final West Coast destination - San Francisco. Taking the same coach as that to Las Vegas, I learned to get there earlier so I could nab a seat at the frnt of the double decker coach. Sitting there I got chatting to the lady opposite, a Polish immigrant who moved to San Fran some years ago, making the long journey less boring, and after telling her I had jsut finished at Uni she even jokingly asked me how the job hunt was going, and whether the "Polish people were still stealing our jobs"! After the coach broke
down just into the journey causing us to be delayed by 3 hours, we were informed that we would also be recieving a refund on our journeys - meaning my two trips with megabus acrosss California had cost me just £1!
Arriving in San Francisco was definately a shock to the system, the weather was much more Autumn like, and on the first day the fog levels were so bad over the harbour, that even being on the Golden Gate Bridge, I could still not see it! - even when it had cleared over the rest of the city! Luckily, the following day when I took the boat across the Alcatraz, the weather was much better and I got to go and see the bridge afterwards! I also got to experience a ride on the trams and witness the crazy gradients the city was built on!, as well as the pier side and the gayest underground station I can imagine!
The inevitable question is which city did I prefer, and I can say most definately San Francisco - the income disparity is much less noticeable, making begging far less bothersome, and the level of infrastructure and number of sights were far more superior.
Next stop: The Caribbean
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