Hey guys, gurls and gays
sorry its been so so long before we have updated anything, just we've been busy and unable to spend too much money.
Also this will be a small one, just to touch base but will be up properly tommorrow. I have 5 minutes left, so it has to be really quick
Actually, scrap that, i have to go now, so it will be done all tommorrow. but stay tuned
finally after months of planning and paying, tom and i leave on our round the world trip. we arrive at london heathrow airport to board the air new zealand flight to Los Angeles. whilst on the plane, we sit next to the galley (the place where the flight assistants hang out and make food and stuff), and very promptly make very good friends with the two VERY gay air hostesses, who pamper us to the death in the flight. good times. i think that we used all of our gayness to become the best of friends, cos we got loads of beer and extra service.
we arrive at LAX and pass through customs easy enough and get to our shuttle to the hostel. 5 minutes out of the airport and we are approached by a FREAK who offers us a part in a porn movie in a hostel orgy. he gives us his business card with his home phone number on the back. funny stuff. we finally depart from the airport in a shuttle, $15 for door to door service, and we're thinking hell yes. however, the shuttle does a loop of LAX twice, takes about 20 minutes. and we realise that the reason that global warming takes place is because of the silly american drivers only accellerating hard or braking hard, there is no middle ground, just hard gas guzzling. we then pick up a UCLA student who knows nothing about sport or the surrounding area, so struggle to make good conversation. Cue the silly questions from tom and i. akwardness sets in and an hour later, yes an hour later, we drop him off. we find our hostel after about 1.30 hrs in the shuttle doing hard manouveres.
first impression of hostel is nice, its a hostel, but its nice. we get our room and keys and linen ($20) deposit. go up and meet two girl ozzies. who are really nice and reassuring. have a quick walk with emma before we decide that we are delerious and hit the hay.
woke up after a really bad night sleeping and hardly sleeping at all. i went to go get an orange juice from the minimart across the road. and decide that im awake and just wander around. we meet emma and go to Santa Monica Beach and Pier. this is awesome this place, its really nice and the beach is clean. the peir is nice enough as peirs go...we did get offered tickets to go to the 'Late Late Show with Craig Fergusson' on tuesday.
after the beach, we wave goodbye to emma and go back to the hostel. we decide to go to 'The Grove' which is next to a farmers market - which is pretty comparable to Covent garden. had a wander around and took photos of a water fountain(8). then we went to a diner!! which was awesome and slightly authentic, although part of a huge chain, Johnny Rockets.
Woke up really early today and went downstairs to be greeted by 'boogie' a little indonesian man who is seriously cool, who told us to go on a LA City Tour for $50. this was taken up immediately when we saw who was going on it, 3 lads, and 5 gals all our age. and one Peruvian Womens clothes designer. called Ralf.
we went everywhere, it was serously cool. we got to see all of the main attractions in Los Angeles. we went to venice beach, where there is the outdoor gym and all the rollerbladers and basketballers. this was the funniest bit of the day, the gym had some 50yr old freak who was wearing a glittery blue man thong, with very very tanned leather for skin. he obviously lives in the gym everyday all the time. the rollerbladers were all pretty useless. but the basketballers were just truly funny. they were all of the other ethnic background and all G. tom, another nameless teen and I sat down and watched it all happen. we watched a game between two groups or 'posse's' which turned out to be quite heated. the standard was poor and each point caused a huge argument, and almost gunfights and open war. the time was up and we had to get back to the minibus to take us back to the hostel. but alas, after 1/2hr waiting for ralf, he was no-where to be seen, so we left him behind. simple. he returned late late that night. looking pissed off. we grabbed a few beers with the new zealand lads and had some drinking games, at 6, before some free dinner....which we missed. after finding a slice of pizza we went up to emma's godmothers crib. omgoodness the views are insane. the place itself is very nicely done, but the views make the whole place.
on the way back from the house, we got a cab and almost got into our second gunfight. this time between our taxi driver and some american jock driving some stupid car. me and tom just paid the dude $7 and left him argue.
PRESIDENTS DAY. this is like a bank holiday in america, so the banks were closed, and also the postal centres. so no postcards today. we went to the grove again and wandered around until it was time to make our appearances on US national televsion, with craig fergusson.
So here we are, two idiots and emma all dressed in our collared shirts(well me and tom were) and we got put into the good pile, and the front row of the audience. how awesome is that. here we are in the front row of the late late show. dont worry, we hadnt heard about it either. some good guests, including alice cooper and wyclef. then our moment came along...the return from the commercials, craig points at us and asks if we want to be on television...UMMMMM YEAH WE DO.... so he swings the boom camera round and tells us to wave and smile and shiz like that...we looked like complete losers and nervous at that... but it was very funny...and exciting..how many of your guys have been on american national tv?? huh??
Our last full day in The City of Angels, so what to do...i grabbed our free breakfast(2toast) and headed out to get postcards and stamps. 90c for one stamp. bloody rip off if you ask me!! and we went back to the room and wrote them and read. it took 4 hours for us to do anything constructive, which was get our clothes on and meet emma at the best restaurant ever. it was kinda american wild westy. with a bucking mechanical bull in the middle of the room. a great meal, allbeit to large for all of us... anyways, the meal finished and tom and emma went back to emmas to say goodbye for the trip and next 4 months. I however thought that the 10dollar taxi back was a ripoff and proceeded to walk home.. through LA, on my own. funny idea. funny excecution.
First i needed to locate where the hell to walk to and then which direction, i thought i would ask some friendly Angelians where to go, a couple looked nice, walking a dog. so i proceeded to run up to them, then....they looked at me, and turned and ran!! they must have thought i was a mugger.. which was s*** because they were the only people around so i walked on. and then got started on by the most uncool bald 40yr old ever. so i found it was my turn to turn around and run. i didnt want no trouble up in the grill. after all people carry guns here. then i passed a marjuana campervan. some 50yr old loser just smoking dope out of the window. got hassled a bit more for some change by the worlds most friendly and appreciative tramps in the world. they're just so nice. even if you say no, they wish you a happy day and ask the next person. i did get back in one peice though having saved some precious dinero. 50 minutes walk aswell. so it burned off a little bit of that huge meal.
today, we have done sweet FA!! we checked out of our dorm at 11 and have watched 2 football matches. so bored. anyways, we leave for fiji tonite, an 11hr flight with no personal entertainment. cant wait. but we have booked out first night in nacula, a fijian island. in a place called 'oarsman bay lodge' check it out if you want to be jealous. its litterally set in paradise. anyways, missing you guys,gals and gays loads..but having an awesome time. hope you are too and liking this blog, its costing me $3.50 per hour in this geeks basement.
Love to you all