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  • Day1409

    USA Tour - Los Angeles - California

    January 20 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    I was up and out early today as I made it my challenge to walk up and around the Hollywood sign. Doesn’t sound too bad right? Well I am staying 6 miles away from the park it’s on. Its a further 3.5. Mile uphill hike (if you know where you’re going)

    Anyways the weather is glorious so I get my pasty white legs out and start walking. I decided to abandon using a map and basically just work off landmarks. I knew the sign was north of me so I just headed in that direction which turned out to be the best thing I could do as I accidentally stumbled upon the Scientology Church. Really weird place, people in suits all around and they seemed to be watching me as I had my phone out taking photos... I quickly put my phone away. Was going to ask if Tom Cruise was home but I thought best of it.

    I keep walking north and I end up walking on sunset boulevard AND Hollywood Boulevard, purely by accident which was kinda cool, although I wasn’t on the ‘famous parts of the road, I do however end up in some pretty impressive housing estate. Seriously impressive.

    I eventually reach the south east entrance to Griffith park, the sign is kinda north west from me, and there’s no signs for the sign on any of the trails, so if you don’t know where you’re going you’ll be walking around forever. I pick a trail at random and just go for it.

    I’m seriously unfit. Although I didn’t expect it to be so steep or as difficult as it’s a pretty famous sign. There is a road you can take but where’s the fun in that?

    I got some pretty amazing views of Burbank, Hollywood, Pasadena and the surrounding areas. I’ve no idea how many wrong turns I took but they where all worth it. At one point I was considering asking for directions but my pride would be too hurt.

    Lomb story short - I finally made it. I probably picked the most difficult route possible but I got there eventually and the views are stunning. No words. Just do this if you’re ever in LA.

    After the debacle of getting to the top I decided to follow the crowd on the way down, which is basically a road which leads into the hills where it’s basically just mansions. I imagine a few celebrities and such live there. After following the road for what seemed like an age I finally made it out of the hills and I was basically on Hollywood Boulevard. I knew my way back from here, just walk through little Armenia and Thai town, turn right past the Scientology church and that’s it.

    I get back to my dorm and get into bed and drift off into a sleep, I was knackered. I walked around 20 miles today up hills and rough terrain. I wake up have a quick shower and go for a beer.

    Today has been a good day as far as days go
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  • Day4

    LA on Steroids

    December 17, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Today we had a private tour of LA with Emily. What a great day, really informative. Learned the history of the name Hollywood and how the sign came to be on the side of the mountain. Went to the Walk of Fame, Beverly Hills, Sunset Blvd, Rodeo Drive. Saw a few celebrity homes, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, David Beckham a few I remember. We had lunch at the 'In and Out Burger'. It looks like McDonald's but it was far superior, all fresh ingredients, there are no freezers out the back. Super busy and we went on a quiet time. It was a good burger, I had the animal version. Brodie even ate the lettuce and most of the tomato, so it must have been good! Went to Santa Monica Pier, then onto Venice Beach. Loved Venice Beach, people selling homemade crafts, lots of eclectic people. You could literally sit and people watch there.
    We asked about the mountain lions and black bears- yes it is right she mentioned a few other animals, but they mostly come out at night. She thought it was amusing as we have more deadly animals. Got a strong whiff of a skunk, the other Californian smell is weed, as it's legal here now. We really enjoyed our day with Emily, she likes the same TV shows as us and she watches a lot of Australian shows. She dropped us off at Anaheim (Disneyland) and gave us a crash course on how to do Disneyland.
    Just waiting for the washing to dry to hit the sack.
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  • Day3

    Afternoon Walk

    December 16, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    After Warner Bros. we went looking for lunch, but a lot of things are closed on Sundays. After lunch we went to Griffith Park and did a walk around Hollywood reservoir. We were able to get a view of the Hollywood sign. Half way through the walk we saw a sign at another entrance about beware of black bears and mountain lions. Instructions: don't run, fight back. Lucky for us we only saw 3 deer. It was a lovely walk and very peaceful. A bit worn out afterwards, didn't help we had to walk up a hill to find signal to book an Uber.Read more

  • Day2

    First impressions of LA

    December 15, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    We caught an Uber to our hotel. Interesting drive, either a lot of cement or flash houses. After checking in we went down to the Grove. Kellie said it's the equivalent to Burnside. We didn't go into the shops, just enjoyed the Christmas spirit and some cinnamon pretzel bites.Then we went back to Bob's Big Boy restaurant near our hotel. A traditional diner that was on Brodie's list of things to do. Shower and bed now.Read more

  • Day3

    Morning at Warner Bros.

    December 16, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Had a good sleep, up early to go to Warner Bros. Did a studio tour unfortunately all the shows are on the winter break, so no celebrities. Great to see the working sets and how they change buildings, trees, etc. One of my highlights was seeing squirrels. The other was seeing the Big Bang Theory set. We saw Penny's apartment, Sheldon & Leonard's apartment, the stairwell, walls of Caltech cafeteria and interior set. Each room is very small. Got to hold a real Oscar, it was very heavy. Had a coffee in the 'Friends' cafe. Would have loved to explore and see more sets, but it is a working studio. Now watching BBT- don't know how they make the rooms look so big. Awesome morning.Read more

  • Day3

    Sars' & S'mores

    December 16, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    After our hike, Kellie's boss Lisa told us about a western themed restaurant with a mechanical bull. We decided that's where we would have tea. A good choice, our waiter made our night. He loves Australians and how we shorten everything we say. Asked what a root beer was, so he bought one out for us to taste. It's our sarsparilla. He now knows how to explain to Aussies what a root beer taste like 'it's like your Sars'. Kellie & I shared a meal of chicken and Brodie had a burger. The meal was great. Then Brodie wanted a s'mores platter where you roasted your marshmallows over the fire pit then placed it between Graham's crackers and chocolate. Then the manager bought out this giant cotton candy on the house. Very full and satisfied. Great day all round.Read more

  • Day4

    The Wizarding World of WOW!

    February 22 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Oh my gosh, what a day. Universal was an absolute blast. We were the first pickup on the bus line, so we were up early and running to make sure we were in the right place. (We were, and we got there with lots of time to spare.) We got picked up at 7:50, and dropped off to the park at 10. It was a long trip, but the bus had comfy seats, and we just relaxed.

    The weather was beautiful today. We enjoyed that famed California sunshine. It was clear and blue all day. No wonder 17 million people live here.

    When we got to the park we beeline'd straight to the Wandfitting (as per my earlier footprint). I didn't cry, but it was super magical. I was surprised that the shop didn't have Pottermore wands, (for example, the Pottermore quiz told me my wand was Pear wood with a Unicorn Hair core) but instead they tell you which ones might best match your personality. I chose a Holly wand, and Wallace chose an Oak. I'll post the pictures of why we chose these.

    The wands interact with the park, so we ran around casting Spells and it was way too much fun. We ate lunch at the Three Broomsticks and had a hot butterbeer with lunch. We made it a goal to go to every shop in the Wizarding World and we did! We also did both of the Harry Potter rides.

    Really, the best part was just looking around and enjoying living in the Wizarding World! (And Butterbeer!)
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  • Day2

    Brisbane to LA

    December 15, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Had a good trip on the Dreamliner. Love this plane and it's new technology for a smooth ride. Meals were yummy with plenty of snacks if you were hungry, best of all decent size water bottles available all the time. The staff very friendly and relaxed, not a big plane and it wasn't full. We all slept most of they way. Arrive into LA with no hassles through customs, very easy and friendly. Better than Brisbane as I had to go through extra security before boarding plane.Read more

  • Day4

    Universal Studios Hollywood (1/2)

    February 22 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Alright, so aside from Harry Potter, Universal was still fantastic. We met Beetlejuice, Homer and Marge, Sideshow Bob, saw Water World, (which was a super fun show) ate a super massive donut from Lard Lad, Wallace got a Squishee, we took the super fun Studio Tour, and saw some amazing sites of the mountains, especially as the sun was setting!

    We got Just Married pins, and 1st Visit pins, so everyone was especially super nice to us. They took fancy pictures, which we opted not to buy, because we're doing the Max Pass tomorrow at Disneyland, so we are going to get professional photos from that. We still have options to buy some after if we want. :)

    I really liked the Studio Tour, but I don't think Wallace loves breaking the movie magic. (Even though I always point out when something is so obviously green-screened.) Wallace had a great time in the Simpsons part, he said he didn't even realize how engrained the Simpsons is for him.

    Overall, we just had a really fantastic day. 😊
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  • Day71

    Hollywood - Universal Studios

    December 9, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    Erster Trip in LA werden die Universal Studios. Wir lassen uns mit dem Uber hin bringen. Sonntag sind die längsten Öffnungszeiten, von 8:30h bis 20:00h die wir auch komplett ausgenutzt haben.
    Als erstes geht es direkt nach Hogwarts, da wir mit der Onlinebuchung ein halbe Stunde vor den anderen dran sind können wir direkt rein und müssen nicht lange warten. Als wir durch waren war das Getümmel schon sehr groß. Per App konnten wir die jeweiligen Wartezeiten verfolgen, Funland mit den Minions, der Grinch, Dreamworks mit Kung Fu Panda und Shrek und Waterworld besuchten wir der Reihe nach.
    Der Weg führte uns nun nach Springfield, wo die Simpsons zuhause sind.
    Auf dem Gelände sahen wir unzählige Figuren aus verschiedenen Filmen. Auch die Studiotour mit unzähligen Kulissen und Filmszenerien war ein atemberaubendes Erlebnis. Es ist einfach viel zu viel um alles zu beschreiben, wir haben fast alles in 12 Std. gesehen und gefahren bzw. in 3D/4D-Animationen erlebt.
    Danach gönnten wir uns noch ein Abendessen im Bubba-Gump Shrimps Restaurant (bekannt aus dem Film Forest Gump). Das konnten wir aber nicht mehr fotografieren da unsere Akkus leer waren. 😂
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Universal City, يونيفرسال سيتي, Юнивърсъл Сити, یونیورسال سیتی، کالیفرنیا, 유니버설시티, 91608, Юниверсал-Сити, 環球市

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