07.03.2010 - 11.03.2010
We leave Fiji around 11pm on Sunday 7th March and land in LA at midday also on Sunday 7th March. 45 hours of Sunday! Unintentionally, we have arrived in Hollywood on the day of the Oscars. Our plans to mingle with the stars are scuppered though when we're warned every road in the vicinity of the Kodak Theatre will be closed off, so we have to make do with watching it at our hostel surrounded by wannabe actors. The following morning though we pass the Kodak Theatre and catch the clear up, at least.
We take a Greyhound bus south to San Diego. The hope being it would be a little warmer than LA, but no such luck. It's a nice city though. It has a large park with all sorts of museums to explore. We explore them from the outside, too used to London's free museums, we're not willing to part with dollars to enter. We toy with the idea of popping in to Tijuana, Mexico, a popular daytrip from San Diego. We decide not to though, it wouldn't have done Mexico justice, save that for another trip!
We head back to LA and stay in Venice Beach, where we meet our friend Craig and his friend Ben, who are out on holiday for two weeks.
They have a Mustang rental car, so we make full use of it, ticking off the usual tourist activities in LA, land of small dogs. Driving around Beverly Hills, trying to spot the stars' houses and trying to get as close as possible to the Hollywood sign. You can't get very close it turns out.
Later outside the Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard we catch a very bizarre fight. There are jobless actors who dress up as film characters to make a few bucks from tourists who want their photos taken with them. For some reason Darth Vadar has a problem with batman and they launch into a big argument. The masks come off and Michael Jackson has to try and break it up! Very surreal, but definitely not staged.