LAX pt. 1

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I must apologize for my absence on the web. It has been non-stop traveling and experience overload. I will attempt to recall and bring back to memory as much as I can. Unfortunately, my LA experiences and times shared will only be shared on one post as will my time in Brisbane. If I find I have more time this week, I will try to give further information on what I did while I was there.
Los Angeles, was meant only to be a stopping point to a great adventure: Australia. But it turned out to be quite an adventure in itself, which goes to show why you should focus on the present rather than the future because you don't know what you might miss ;)
This delightful adventure started almost as soon as I got off the plane. I took a nice little stroll to the beach and ate at some really good restaurants. It was also the very first time I had ever rode in a trolley! I have always wanted to do that since I was kid. Probably because of Mr.. Rogers neighborhood was my favorite show as a child. The ride wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be but I did meet some interesting people.
The hotel I was staying at was a Sheraton, just a mile from the Airport. It had a gorgeous view where you could see the planes taking off and a fluorescent sign that said "LAX". Inside the hotel, was a fabulous restaurant and Starbucks along with a complete gym that was free for all hotel guests. There was also a swimming pool located just outside in a little verandah and hot tubs. I spent most of my time the first night sitting in the hut-tub relaxing after walking all around town.
The following day, I woke up and was meet with a great surprise. A friend of mine from high school, Intouch, was in LA and wanted to hang out. Although Intouch and I have kept in touch via Facebook quite often, we hadn't seen each other since my Sr. of high school. After a short discourse of how are you's and what have you been up to lately's, we set off for Venice Beach. It took us twenty minutes to arrive at our destination. We kept going the wrong way because we were following surfers, who we thought had to be going to the beach. It turned out that they had just gotten back from the beach and we were following them to their private residences! Whoops, after doing a little blushing and apologizing profusely we said our goodbyes to the people we were "stalking" and headed down the correct path to the beach. Once we got there, we heard this Jamaican man yelling. He was trying to get the crowd excited about this gymnastic act that he and some of his mates were about to put on. I being of curious nature, decided to check this out and boy am I glad I did! This guy and his team did some crazy and amazing stunts that I had never seen before. I caught it all on video so I don't want to spoil it for you. I will put the link once I upload the video.
After the fantastic show we ventured around and walked to Santa Monica. It was a decent walk, but it felt very nice and good exercise for the legs. When we arrived, I was amazed to see an adult playground. This place had a 30 ft rope to climb, gymnastic poles, monkey bars chains , and more. Best thing about it ? It was completely free! It was a whole gym right there located by the beach and free, way cool. I thought it was so cool that I'm putting Santa Monica on my list of possible places to live and if I ever do transfer to another University it will be in California and as close to Santa Monica as possible! :D

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