02.06.2012 - 03.06.2012
We had an enjoyable night at Auckland Airport and even got an hours sleep on the floor! After a four hour flight to Brisbane we had a wait of about three hours before boarding our next flight to LA – 13 hours! We both very much enjoyed the free movies and wine and didn’t really get as much sleep as we perhaps should have done! As we crossed the date line we arrived in LA early Saturday morning which impressively gave us three Saturday mornings in three different countries! Landing in LA was rather traumatic – it was so noisy and busy and big!
We made our way straight to our hostel through some rather dubious regions on a very lengthy, non-direct (but cheap!) Metro journey. We stayed just off Hollywood Boulevard so had a little walk along the star paved streets en route to the hostel. It was bewildering – almost more people dressed up than not, people pushing their CDs in front of your nose and a zillion tourists! We were pleased to get to the hostel and go straight to sleep!
Feeling a little refreshed, we went for more of an explore along Hollywood Boulevard confirming the weird beings seen early did exist! It was all very surreal.
We then took a small walk up a hill behind the hostel to get good views across the city and also across to the Hollywood Hills and the famous sign.
After this we took the Metro to Downtown LA to visit “Little Mexico” in preparation for our visit to the country itself. It was a pretty cool street with lots of Mexican stalls and restaurants. It made us very excited! We then visited the area with all the huge Skyscrapers which was nice, but much like any other city. As it started to get dark we made our way back to Hollywood and went out for an obligatory burger and milkshake which was actually very tasty. Hollywood Boulevard remained very much alive well into the evening.
After a wonderful sleep in an actual bed we enjoyed some free cereal for breakfast at the hostel before heading to Universal City, the home of Universal Studios.
We enjoyed an explore around the free areas again being a little overwhelmed by the noise, people and Americaness of the whole experience! We then took ourselves on a small jaunt to Beverley Hills and enjoyed lunch in Beverley Hills Garden Park – a lovely grassy area in front of some of the huge houses. We went for a little wander around the residential area -huge houses, palm lined streets and big, big cars!
It felt as though we were on a movie set! We headed back towards Hollywood and had a walk along Sunset Boulevard which seemed nicer and less brash than Hollywood Boulevard. We stood and waited for a bus for a good while and were entertained by watching the cars pass – there is an unbelievable number of huge 4x4s, Ferraris, Aston Martins, Mustangs and even the odd pink Pick-up truck! All of the cars are shiny and have massive wheels – just a little unsure how necessary they are on the smooth, tarmacked roads of LA! We were excited to see one motorhome although it was more like a mansion on wheels!
It was exciting to visit LA but a little traumatising after the tranquillity of New Zealand, but potentially a good step to prepare us for what is to come in Central America! We are now back at LA airport waiting for our late flight to Mexico! It still all seems very surreal that we are actually going to Mexico and we don’t appear to have a great deal of a plan...watch this space!