Ben in LA

I’ll keep the words to a minimum in this post….

We had only two full days in LA. The first full day we dedicated to Universal Studios.

Our hotel was right next to Universal City and jet lag ensured we were up bright and early to eat breakfast and get to the park.

I do love american breakfasts, as much watermelon and pancakes as I can eat… Omm nom nom.

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The weather wasn’t amazing, which is great for me as I didn’t have to wear cream. But it ment there was condensation on the ground which, due to the inadequate nature of converse footwear, meant I fell on my “fanny” within the first 20m of the park.

We were heading straight to the new transformers 3d ride.

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It’s a simulator where you have to work with a new autobot to protect the all spark from the dastardly decepticons. All your favourites are there and it got me screaming.

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One of my favourite rides from last time I was here was Jurassic Park. A 93ft drop water ride. We got wet… And it wasn’t exactly warm outside to dry us…. But still great and I love whistling the movie theme tune!

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Other fun was the backlot tour which included a 3d king Kong section as well as the classic jaws, mummy and earthquake.

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Being a theme park there is plenty of props and photo opportunities and I never miss a chance to have fun 🙂

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I absolutely love the amount of pizza and coke/Pepsi that I can have in America… It makes me very happy 🙂

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Even though it was Saturday the only ride I had to que for was Simpson’s. Rides are far more nauseating than I remember…

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Even though we had a two day park ticket we had completed the whole lot in half a day. So on Sunday we had no reason to go back in.

So we went downtown!

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There was plenty of photo fun!

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But generally speaking Hollywood star walk was abit of a dump… Lots of tramps, people harassing you trying to sell their mix tape, shops selling tat as far as the eye could see.

So we jumped on a tour bus!

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It took us round all the major sites and compared to Hollywood, other areas were super clean and super fancy. Really impressive and sexy places which is why so many of the rich and famous hang out there I guess!

The only place we wanted to “hop on, hop off” the bus was the Farmers Market. It was started during the great depression and is a truely inspirational shopping area. Firstly with a shack area filled with mostly food outlets and then a more traditional up class shopping area. Complete with trams…

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Fountains and everything else nice!

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Dad suggested lunch in the “cheesecake factory”, which is a misleading name, because it’s a restaurant that also has cheesecake.

On the way in I noticed this beauty:

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Yeh, I just wanted lunch, not for my balls to drop off… Never mind…

Music is really important to getting atmosphere and these two were awesome!

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The whole experience gave me some great ideas.

Next post is Yosemite!

NB, I’ve done these posts on my phone so forgive any spelling mistakes and autocorrrect shenanigans.

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