first of all i would like to start by saying i dont have a clue what this picture is but all the other pictures this website gave me to choose from were of alaska or a beach. redlands isnt by the arctic circle and isnt on the beach.
so i left off in san francisco. not sure where. think i got to alcatraz day. so last wednesday (ie the 29th) we took a trip to 1960s ippy central of haight ashbury. basicaly we decided to walk and a word of advice - dont walk up golden gate street. unless you want to die. i actually saw my life flash before my eyes. it was a scary place! so we got there. looked in some shops - all smelled unsuprisingly like weed. and a lot of it. after this we went to golden gate park, saw some police on horses arrest someone. as everyone in the park was smoking illegal substances we are guessing that was the reason for the arrest. we then walked to the japanese tea gardens. just as we got there i started to feel my stomach saying 'hannah i REALLY dont feel good'. boo. so the rest of the day was pretty quiet. got out of the sun. walked via the flower garden (seriously an american version of the chelsea flower show!)then we walked through haight ashbury again and i bought some jewellery and another dress. so that evening i attempted some food from a diner - bad call. we had to get a 11pm bus to LA that night and i pretty much spent the entire time going - im gonna throw up and die! aaaaaa! got to LA at 7am on the 30th and got a cab from downtown LA to our hostel. we had to wait around for a few hours to check in then spent the afternoon hanging out in hollywood - graumans chinese theatre, walk of fame etc. had a stupidly early night due to the lack of sleep the night before and slept for a full 24 hours!
the next morning we woke up and went on a tour of LA with our tour guid mickey z - no joke - that was his name. official legend. he spent the trip talking about his years in films and everynow and then throw in some names etc. hilarious! so we did hollywood again then headed up to sunset ranch in the hollywood hills to get a photo f the hollywood sign. wooooooooo. then took a trip down past downtown (and the emerald city - this guy made this emerald bock of buildings because his wife was obsessed with the wizard of oz!) down to santa monica and venice beach. had lunch there then got in the van and went via the venice canals to venice high school i.e. rydell high from grease. awesome. after this we went over to beverley hills to see some celebs homes - judy garland, tomkat, beckhams, cameron diaz, frank sinatra, the spelling manor, jack nicholson. about 40 peoples in total. then took a trip down to rodeo drive to see if we could find a celebrity (we didnt - boo) then back to the hostel via the sunset strip where all the awesome nightclubs are. that evening i went out with some people from the hostel (katya was absoltely shattered so had an early night) was awesome. ladies got in free and had free champagne until 11pm. stayed there until 1.30am then headed back to the hostel and watched some scary films and headed to sleep.
saturday the 31st was a late start but we spent the afternoon on the beach in santa monica getting some sun. i sware i saw will smith but im pretty blind so cant be certain! then headed back to the hostel got some food and an early nights sleep as we had to be up at 5.30am for a taxi to take us to the bus station for our early morning bus to las vegas. got to las vegas about 2pm and waited around in the extreme heat trying to find a bus to take us to our hostel. i asked a guy where the 107 goes from and hs reply was 'you see that fire truck, ambulance and police cars just over there? thats because someone just got shot. get a cab and get to your hostel. where is tyour hostel?' we told him it was on fremont street. his reply was 'so that area is even worse than this area. get a cab there now and dont wander around that area at night.' we felt so secure. got to our hostel though and sat by the pool then went to the reception desk and booked our tour to the grand canyon. half way through booking i looked at katya and she looked funny, i asked if she was ok and she passed out collapsing on the floor. got her awake then forced her to bed and to drink rehydration salts while i got her some cold water and food from the 7 eleven. she said she felt a lot better when i got back so left her with a massive thin of water, gatorade and some food to sleep for a couple of hours and i sat my butt by the pool and got some tan going on! that evening we had a free bbq at the hostel then played some volleyball in the pool.
monday morning was pretty chilled. spent the entire day by the pool. katya went to the strip with a girl from south africa. it was far too hot for me to be anywhere other than by the pool so i stayed here. met a girl from reading and headed to the strip with her that evening. had the most awesome cab driver EVER! he told us everything you could ever want to know about las vegas! we went to tropicana and had a all you can eat buffet. was amazing! then headed downstairs. got bought into a game of craps. dont understand that game at all so i didnt last too long. we then walked up the strip. stopped to watch the bellagio fountains and play the slots in caesars palace. after which we met some italians who owned berninis fur store in caesars palace. they offered us some food and a ride home to which we got out of. however, as they worked at caesars palace we tried to put emphasis on our love of celine dion to get some free tickets to her show. the next day katya and i were up stupidly early to get our tour to the grand canyon. its not even worth mentioning. the tour was terrible. paid $161 buck for it and didnt do half of the things we were meant to do. so disappointed. the grand canyon itself was stunning. so was hoover dam. but the tour itself was terrible. after we got back i was on the phone to them for about half an hour complaining. luckily got half our money back but the day was still ruined. oh well. that night we headed down to the strip again with some people from the hostel. did pretty much the same thing as the night before. but went to new york new york and played some games there.i won $57 in a game of blackjack also which i was satisfied with - as i didnt even have to pay to get into the game.i love how the drinks are free also. you sit at a table or slot machine and they offer you a drink. you just have to tip - its awesome!
so wednesday morning = lie in then got the 12.30 bus to san bernardino. met up with paul there (worked at summer camp with him up in oregon) and am staying with him in redlands for a couple of days as he is at uni here. its so awesome to chill out after the insanity of las vegas!
so im here until tomorrow then heading over the LA where i am until next wednesday when i fly home! cant believe this time next week i will be home! AAAAAAAA!
see you all soon!