After a short break I decided to continue the story about our trip. Los Angeles was the next destination after traveling along Highway 1 (read about it here and here).
LA, the so-called Angeltown should rather be called Trafficjamtown. Highways are packed with cars almost all the time and there is no excuse if it’s weekend or outside rush hours. Highways with up to 8 (!) lanes each direction don’t seem to help reduce this traffic. We’ve heard that 85% of LA residents have a car (and they weren’t talking about the households but individual people). Let’s face it- in USA (maybe except New York) public transport is for poor people and bicycles are for losers or hipsters. The photo below wasn’t taken by me- this was most likely our Polish prime minister who’s used to inspecting highways from the helicopter.
My wife is a rising Hollywood movie star so we visited the famous Hollywood boulevard to see what it’s all about. We got lucky to spot many celebrities (what a coincidence that we were there at the same moment to meet them):
-Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction
-and even Michael Jackson!
I have seen some bits of a documentary movie about lives of “superheroes” from Hollywood Boulevard, “Confessions of a Superhero”- interesting stories there.
Los Angeles, City of Angels should rather be called the City of Contrasts. 100 meters away from Hollywood boulevard we saw a poor guy with a trailer full of rubbish and a woman selling clothes straight from a fence. Looked like scenes from “Edi” movie, but this time it was Hollywood, not my hometown Hollylodz.
If you have too much money to spend and would like to experience “never-ending entertainment” then you should head to Universal Studios. For a crazy fee of 80 USD (not to mention 15 USD for a parking) you can get Jurassic Park ride, Simpsons ride, Transformers ride, King Kong in 3D and many more- get entertained until you throw up. Or you can save the money, your whole day and go somewhere else just like we did.
A trip to LA wouldn’t be successful without seeing a Hollywood sign- so we saw it. It’s the most fantastic thing in the world, magnificent. Well, not really but the drive up the hill was pretty cool and we did a bit of the famous Mulholland drive (and now I need to see this movie again.
Walt Disney Concert Hall is a piece of architecture that really stands out from the rather boring LA downtown.
In the middle of LA downtown we’ve found a Mexican street with interesting shops and businesses. You could for example:
-get married and get a divorce, all in one place (wonder if they have any bonus if you “bundle” them)
-buy accessories that will make you shine and give you more street credit
Being polite on the road doesn’t always pay off. Driving slowly in the city center I decided to let another car in. 5 seconds later we got hit at the back of the car (not a good reaction time of the driver behind us). Small scratches on our bumper but the vintage car that hit us got its bumper bent more seriously. I got to learn from the vintage car owner that I’m an IDIOT with a FOREIGN accent who CANNOT drive. “It was pleasure to meet you, sir!” This is not Denmark, Adam- being polite might result in getting offended.
Being in LA we had to go to Beverly Hills. Perfect houses, perfectly cut grass, perfect trees- everything perfect. Not sure though if all the people there are perfectly happy there. We’ve met a girl asking about the nearest taxi stop- crying and looking stressed. If only money could buy happiness…
If I ever happen to come to Los Angeles again then I would definitely visit Venice Beach. This beach was full of surprises, interesting (sometimes crazy) people, music and relaxed atmosphere. It’s like Copenhagen’s Christiania multiplied by 10 and it’s on the beach!
How about dancing and listening to hypnotic collective drum music?
I am an artist and my artistic style is called iPhonism (not to be mistaken with instagramism).
Ever wanted to watch whales in California? Think again because it might get dangerous!