I'm off to L.A. and it looks like it is going to be a good day. I am starting the day with sunshine and homemade banana bread...
Before I start the 4h drive down to Los Angeles, I stretch my legs on a short walk at the beach.
Now that the sun is shining I have my sunscreen on and wear a warm hat and a scarf I can finally but my convertible into good use and get rid of the top. This part of the highway one was more mountainous than the first part and I would have loved to take pics to show you, but there were no view points like on the first part.
When I got closer to the coast line again I passed a military base and on the coast line there were quite a few military ships lined up, making me wonder if this is just the usual line up due to the military base or if America is preparing for that stupid war that anonymous has just prophesied. I like to believe that there will be no war - at least as long as I am on holiday.
And for me the best way to forget your trouble and get happy, is shopping... So I went to Macy's and I got two new dresses. One I will wear here in l.a. And the other i will wear to my birthday party... I hope it glows in the neon lights;)
I arrived at my Airbnb at 6pm. The host himself from Belgium originally was really friendly and we had a good conversation about really nothing. It somehow name up that I should get a t-shirt saying: yes, I am!!! So that when people ask: are what? I can respond: whatever it is, you think about me... I like that idea!
I did not go out again for a Halloween party as I initially intended. I had looked for a Halloween costume while I was shopping but nothing really caught my attention so, I am having a restful Halloween... Until I we t to have a shower.
This place is rather old (cool fact: they have one of those really old telephones where you have to ring for the operator and they will contact you. Looooove it), but then I opened the shower a big, dark insect came out crawling on the ground. I probably would have stepped on it but I was barefooted,which meant that I ran out of there as fast as I could. Now I am kind of scared to go back in but have to unless I don't want to use the toilet again or brush my teeth or shower.... Baaaaaaaah.
I survived my trip to the bathroom without further insects and am now ready for going to santee fashion district for exploration. Though I really need to get some water. I gave my last bottle to a vet that was standing at a corner in Santa Monica begging.
Now I'm on a bus to get to the fashion district/ santee alley. The ride takes about 35min. When I arrive the shops only start to open. In a grocery store I get my breakfast and realize that I am sick of oatbars and it's kind. I've been living of tortilla chips and some sort of muesli bar for the past days. I know it's not the healthiest way of life. Today I had freshly cut fruit and some carrots ;)
Santee is basically a bazaar where you can probably buy knock offs and cheaply produced dresses. At least by the looks of it. It is funny to then see that renowned designers such as Acne have a studio on the same street. Next stop is the FIDM fashion museum. Maybe I learn something about this area.
I didn't. The museum was more like a small gallery and half of the gallery was closed for renovations. The exhibition on male fashion was interesting though.
On the metro I was told I was so pretty that I checked if I still had my money and phone. I got off a stop to early no less. But Hollywood and vine is a nice underground station. Now I am waiting on the metro to Noho to get to the right stop for the Hollywood museum.
The Hollywood museum that is f***ing closed. Yep that's right, I bought a 15$ ticket online for today and they are only open Wednesday to Sunday. That sucks massively. But that will not minor my mood. I just went to the next museum. This one was open. So I went to ripley's believe it or not, the Guinness record museum and the wax museum.
Ripley's is a bit disgusting at times but quite enjoyable. The Guinness thought me mainly one thing: There are always people more extreme than I am. So I am am good. The wax museum was good, but there is a reason why Madame Tussaud is world renowned and this one isn't. Some of the characters I barely recognized. You will get a lot of selfies today.
Walk of fame. It is a walk. Yes. It has names and prints on stars of famous people. Yes. But seriously it is like trampling on the stars. It is not that big of a deal and I was bored. I might be the only person in the world thinking it but I write it as it is.
I then walked to sunset boulevard and sang the Broadway classic with the same name. And then I had a salad. And it was good. Like really good. With hummus dressing and kale and falafel and feta... Delicious.
As the Hollywood museum was closed, it is still earlier than I wanted to go home and I was considering to see if there is any show on tonight, but tomorrow is Warner day. I want to be rested!
Well, so much for being rested. My host was at home and invited me to have my dinner with him. And not having had too many social interactions as such I did. We talked a bit about politics and then watched the global warming movie by Leonardo dicaprio. Afterwards we continued talking until 11pm. That for me is extremely late. But it was fun and I somehow misused the situation to talk about my goals with designing (the is a designer/painter/artist) and if this is really what I want to do. It was a good evening.
This morning, however, I can feel that I did not get enough sleep and I really hope it won't impact the tour. Also my back really hurts- probably from the one shoulder bag that I am carrying around.
Hollywood sign done. And I think I have my favorite picture of the trip taken so far. I did not walk up to the closest, closest point but like 100m away from it. To me, that is close enough.
And then it was Warner time!! 6h of pure film history. I loved it. We were a group of 15and our guide Thom showed us around in an open kind of shuttle bus. It was really cool to see how movies can trick you. Just add a different paint and it is another house. Add a H on the parking lot and it becomes the rooftop of the hospital in E.R. and so on. One of my favorite parts of the tour was probably going into the 4 level storage facility. We only got to walk around the first floor but it was highly entertaining. I found that even more entertaining than seeing the real-used in the movies- batmobiles. However number one on that list is most likely seeing the actual costumes on display of suicide squad. It is amazing how much detail goes into an outfit and how different costumes for film are to costumes for theatre. It must be really enjoyable to design costumes like that.
Around midday we had lunch at the fine dining area on the lot. That meant we were not allowed to take pictures because cast and crews eat there too.
There were a few more locations where we were not allowed to take pictures. That included all sets that we visited: the Conan show, the Big Bang theory and a set of a tv show that will air soon, but I don't know the name of it.
At the end of the day at Warners we were let go to the interactive area. That meant hearing live audition tapes of various actors, playing batman or Harry Potter on the green screen, Sitting on the cafe set of friends, doing some animation motions and holding a real live Oscar.
When leaving Warners I wanted to stop at disneys, but there was no option to park so at least I drove by. I also learned that Disney actually does a tour- however, it is 7 days long and very expensive! Why is it 7 days long? It includes a trip to Disneyland in Florida.
Before going to bed I watched the 50th CMA (country music awards) live on abc. Chris so deserved that best vocalist second time in a row. And the lifetime award for dolly was deserved just as much.
Now I am off to Vegas... Will I really get married? You will know in my next post
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