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Jun. 2nd, 2009 11:15 am
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Having the most wonderful time in Santa Monica! We arrived on Saturday, the flight was pretty insane - I watched 3 movies - Inkheart, The Reader, and Wall-E - and two flight of the concords episodes :D Looked at the moon out the window a bit too - amazing being that much closer to it :p Only slept for about 3 hours, and kept waking up cos various body parts would go numb :(

Got off the plane in LA, pretty exciting! Security wasn't as bad as I was expecting, although I was an idiot and put the wrong hand on the fingerprinty thingy :s Guy wasn't too scary though :D

Was expecting to take AGES to get out of the airport, but it was really easy, just grabbed our luggage and walked out, only took us about 2 minutes! Outside a guy showed us where to get the shuttle from, well he told us to take a taxi but we declined, and we had to wait a bit for the shuttle to Santa Monica to arrive. We got in, there was an Australian couple in there who we keep meeting - it's hilarious seeing the same people over and over! Took us about 20 minutes to get to our hostel, and we checked in and went up to our room. Nice enough room, we've only really slept in there though.

Had a bit of a nap while Megan unpacked, we have these HUGE cupboards to store all our stuff in, and Megan's lent me a lock for it. Not that I don't trust our roommates - Sam from Korea who's studying in LA, and also Josie from Italy who's also studying.

After a bit of a nap we headed down to the pier and had a look round...and ended up at Bubba Gumps Shrimp restaurant which was fairly good! Nice waiter :D Cute too!

After dinner we headed back and went to bed.

Sunday morning we went down to breakfast and sat with 3 German people, one Swiss (Swiss Boy is what we call him), and 3 Americans. We've ended up hanging out with them heaps - we went out with them last night and the night before and had a great time both times - well not so much last night when we got really cheap drinks - $6 for 2 rum and cokes = too much for me :( So I came home about 2 and went to bed feeling not so great, fine this morning though :D

Anyway, Sunday, we just hung out at the beach for a bit, I got a little burned, but we met some nice American life guards who invited us out for dinner - holy moly the pizza is huge here! We also went for a run/roller blade (Megan ran) along the waterfront - so much fun!

Yesterday we slept for most of the morning, cos we went out and sat on one of the lifeguard stations until about 3am, then went and played pool till 4 - Megan and I missed breakfast cos we slept in - got some dry cornflakes with yogurt (ick) and then went back to bed and slept a bit more!

In the afternoon we rented some bikes and cycled around to Venice Beach which was SO MUCH FUN! Then came home and went to a $3 cooking class at the hostel! After that we all went out for drinks...see above (yes, I know this is all over the place, I'm in a hurry!)

Today we're off to Hollywood, then gotta do washing and go to the supermarket - our train leaves tomorrow! We're gonna go on the ferris wheel on the end of the pier tonight too :D

Hope you are all well - thanks for all the emails!!! Love to you all :-)

Woohoo!

Date: 2009-06-02 06:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skyring.livejournal.com
So glad you're safe and having fun! And so glad you found a nice part of LA.

I'll have to overcome my dislike of the place and actually step outside the airport next time!

Re: Woohoo!

Date: 2009-06-03 04:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discoverylover.livejournal.com
seriously, Santa Monica is BEAUTIFUL! Went to Hollywood today and didn't like it - felt really uneasy the whole time we were there and was so glad I had a lock on my bag. But I've felt fine the rest of the time! Helps being with someone though :-) Met some such nice people too :D:D:D:D

Pics on flickr uploading now...

Date: 2009-06-02 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thesirannon.livejournal.com
Did you even breathe while you were typing all that?? :D

Sounds amazing, glad you're having a great time! Have one of those drinks for me :D

Date: 2009-06-03 04:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discoverylover.livejournal.com
I think I took one breath!!

Having an awesome time - I miss you though! If gmail chat worked on this danged computer I could've chatted to you for a bit, but alas, the enter button just starts a new paragraph instead :(

Date: 2009-06-02 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rarsberry.livejournal.com
Wow, sounds like you are having SO MUCH FUN!! Lol.
I'm so jealous, would be great to see a photo or two.

Date: 2009-06-02 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skyring.livejournal.com
Ahh, you don't need a photo - you know she's smiling!

Date: 2009-06-03 04:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discoverylover.livejournal.com
Am having the best time ever! Meeting great people, seen some amazing things!

Pics uploading to flickr now (currently 30% complete!)

Date: 2009-06-02 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miketroll.livejournal.com
It really sounds like you're having a good time! California pizza - yes huge, and also the best, especially if you go into a restaurant called The California Pizza Company.

*hgus

Date: 2009-06-03 04:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discoverylover.livejournal.com
Having an amazing time! Pizza was good - not as good as the ones made in my kitchen about a month or so ago, but still good, and pretty good company!

Date: 2009-06-02 09:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] moem
Hey hey yourself!
Great to hear from you. *hug*

Date: 2009-06-03 04:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discoverylover.livejournal.com
Thanks!! How are you?

Date: 2009-06-02 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rockdg9.livejournal.com
Lol. Glad to hear you're having so much fun. :)

Date: 2009-06-03 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discoverylover.livejournal.com
Thanks! Having an amazing time! Met some cool Aussies too (or Ossies as they get called here :p)

Date: 2009-06-02 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aka-phoenix.livejournal.com
Hiya, sweetie!

Good to hear from you! And lovely to see you're having so much fun :) Wall-E was a fun movie I thought, I still want to see the Reader, how did you like it?

There is a Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant in Business? How cool! (Forrest Gump is my favorite movie, hence the fact my previous hamster was named Bubba)

About the locks, don't forget NZ is an amazingly safe country, you're not there anymore.

Hugs, and have loads of fun :D

Date: 2009-06-03 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discoverylover.livejournal.com
Hey!

Having such a great time - meeting the most amazing people (well not as amazing as you of course!) and seeing some really cool stuff :D Wall-E was good, I fell asleep about half way through and had to watch the end later, but I still enjoyed it.

Apparently Bubba Gump is a chain here - if you ever come here you'll have to eat there once!

We went to Hollywood today and I felt so uneasy and glad I had locks on my bag, glad we aren't staying there.

((((((((((((((((Phoenix)))))))))))))))))

Date: 2009-06-02 10:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wombles.livejournal.com
Sounds like lots of fun!
Glad you're having a wonderful time!

Date: 2009-06-03 04:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discoverylover.livejournal.com
Having HEAPS of fun! How are you?

Date: 2009-06-02 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] futurecatnz.livejournal.com
Sounds like you're having a great time! Enjoy the rest of your adventure.

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Date: 2009-06-03 04:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discoverylover.livejournal.com
Thanks! Having the best time ever!!!

Keep 'em coming please

Date: 2009-06-02 11:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] holmesfan.livejournal.com
Delighted to see your posting. I've not sent you any emails but that doesn't mean I've not been thinking of you lots. There is a great photo of you in your work station on one of MikeTroll's postings.

Re: Keep 'em coming please

Date: 2009-06-02 11:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skyring.livejournal.com
Yeah, I spotted that! Bright clothing, brighter smile. Checked the DL Flickr page as well - photographs of some people sad to see her go at a farewell dinner, but oddly enough all smiling and wearing false moustaches!

Re: Keep 'em coming please

Date: 2009-06-03 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discoverylover.livejournal.com
As much as is possible! LJ won't be nearly as detailed as my journal I suspect, but I might be able to expand on it a bit later :-)

I'll have to find that entry, not now, I'm supposed to be somewhere else (going on the ferris wheel on the end of the pier in a minute!)

Pictures being uploaded as I write :D

Re: Keep 'em coming please

Date: 2009-06-03 04:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] holmesfan.livejournal.com
DO you mean a paper based journal?
Otherwise, can't you simply copy and paste, or alternatively use LJ as your main journal?

Enjoy the Ferris Wheel. Hope it doesn't make you sick. It would me I'm sure.

Re: Keep 'em coming please

Date: 2009-06-03 04:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discoverylover.livejournal.com
yep, paper based journal.

Its a gorgeous night, not too much wind! We're off now :-)

Missing you!

great!

Date: 2009-06-03 09:30 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hey Jay...
i'm so happy that you're having a great time! i knew you'll be fine..... enjoy every day... and in the train you can walk around at least... lol... better than the train...

big hugs
rebecca

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