USA Part 1
Within 6 hours of arriving in L.A. I witnessed a street arrest, saw two cross-dressers, countless homeless people, preparation for a film premier, and the creation of a new star on the walk of fame. Second day in L.A. wasn't as bad. I wallked an hour to nearest shopping mall; its defo a place where you need a car to explore properly.
I walked past Kat Von D's famous 'High Voltage' tattoo shop, though didn't look acceptable enough to step inside.
Flew up to Seattle from L.A. on the 4th feb and had the most spectacular view of the Olympic cascade mountains that border Canada. "The mountains were out" as they say in Seattle.
My stay in Seattle was so enjoyable. All of the Johnston clan were very warm and welcoming. It was great getting to know each of them. Netta was my city tour guide for the week. We saw every nook and cranny of the city, including the space needle, first Starbucks, EMP, and Seattle's underground city tour. One of my favourite places in Seattle was Pike place market, where you will find stalls and shops selling all sorts of little treasures. One of the highlights of the marketr is the fish stall. The staff here throw the fish around. Only people with good hand and eye co-ordibnation need apply!
On my first full day in Seattle myself and Netta took the ferry from Downtown to Bainbridge Island. We had dinner and watched the superbowl (American football final) with Bruce and his family.
I did so much in and discovered so much about Seattle; thanks to the help of the Johnston clan.
On the 11th Feb I took another flight down to San Francisco, just in time to witness the Chinese New Year parade. The year of the dragon! On my first day I explored Chinatown and Coit tower. From here there is a spectacular view of the city. I walked right the way across to the otherside of Downtown to browse the Union street shops. Mainly boutiques.
San Francisco is a small city in size but very built up. So many steep hills to navigate. So steep infact that they have sign posts instructing people to park at 90 degree's.
Met up with a friend from New Zealand and we had dinner in a 1950's style American diner. We spent the next day together checking out the Golden Gate Bridge and the hippy district of Height street. In the evening we had a meal with some acquintainces of my friend who live in San Francisco.
Today I walked to Fishermans wharf, had a wounder around the little shops there and sampled the famous clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl.
Tomorrow I will take a tour to Alcatraz. So excited for that!