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Chris, Sam & Mark’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 07 Mar 2007

Location: Kayak Crossing, USA


Our hotel was on Sunst Blvd, not too hard to find only just of the 101. Easy right, NOT! Unbeknown to us the Hollywood Christmas parade was scheduled for the exact time we arrive in tinseltown. It took us 4 hours of driving in circles, one badly soiled public toilet and a tow truck driver who couldn't understand us because he only spoke American before we reached the hotel. Sharing a bed with Newbs in a tiny room with Sam snoring never sounded so good.

What better way to escape the smog and urban stink of LA than spending 12 hours hangng out at the happiest place on earth, Disneyland. Heres a quick travel tip from the boys:
Never ever choose a ride called SPLASH MOUNTAIN as the second ride of your day. You will get very wet and spend the next 4 hours working up the greatest case of chaff known to man.

For all the grandure associated Hollywood it is a seedy, over-rated town full of homeless people and Class 9 freaks. Beverly Hills however, is crazy awesome. Rodeo Dr at night was one of the most visually pleasing shopping districts we've seen yet. Especially when every shop, street lamp and even homeless dudes are decorated with christmas lights. Well worth a look, unfortunately Gucci and Prada were a bit out of our price range. Venice Beach on the other hand was a bargin hunters paradise. Write that down.

Universal Studios was a great day. We hit all the rides at least 2 or 3 times and checked out the stunt shows and 3-D presentations. We topped the day off with a viewing of Borat, Cultural Learnings of America for make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

Our last day in LA was spent cruising Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach. It was such a cool place, Newbs enjoyed Muscle Beach the most, maybe a little too much? After our little adventures in Hollywood and our return to childhood it was time to meet up CME and start the trip towards Vail via Vegas.

Till next time Over and Out.