I’m totally doing this blog post in reverse , but because LA and the people there are A+ I wanted to save it until I had some of the snaps ready. My actual first stop on my adventures in the land down under wasn’t Melbourne, but a 9 hour lay-over in LA on my way across. Of all the flight options available I thought, hey, why not take the extra time to visit the ‘Sunshine state with the bomb ass hemp beat’ . (10 points if you can quote the rest of that gangsta beat!)
Because I had spent all my time prepping for Aus I hadn’t really put a lot of thought into what I was going to do in LA. My really good friend from highschool and his partner Matt had moved there two years ago so I figured I’d hit them up to see if they were free for Sunday afternoon adventures. Luckily they had just got back from Vegas and were stoked I was coming out their way, even if it was only for a few hours.
Lords of Dogtown is my favourite movie, so naturally I wanted to check out Venice beach. Matt and Kev scooped me up at the airport and gave me the grand tour through the different parts of LA towards Venice. There are so many parts to LA- the actual downtown LA, Santa Monica, Malibu, Venice, Hollywood, Bel Air to name a few.
When we got to Venice, to say it has changed since the scenes from the 70s flick is an understatement, but it still has that laid back beach vibe it is so well known for. We rented bikes and cruised the beach down to the Santa Monica Pier, checked out the famous skate bowl, muscle gym and shops along the way. When we got to the end of the beach there were all these fitness and circus style apparatuses that you could play on. Some of the rings were so far up there it was insane, and the things people were doing were far past advanced. After giving it a go we decided to cruise back to grab some food and a drink on Matt & Kevs favourite rooftop bar.
Since we had a bit of time left Matt and Kev decided to give me a tour through the sunset strip, a famous street of shops and bars, on the way to their place in Hollywood. I recognized so many scenes from movies, including the Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s street. LA definitely has the most exposure than any other city in the world.
We had a glass of wine at Kev and Matt’s paradise pad that looks out from the hills over the Hollywood sign. It’s a dream place with an amazing balcony, which of course was dressed up in style as they do. Alas it was time for me to get back to the airport to catch my next flight- onto Aus!