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My Adventures on Vacation - Los Angeles

I'd been planning my holiday for about a year. I'd never been outside of NZ apart from a week in Melbourne and three weeks in New South Wales, so for me to fly halfway around the world was nerve-wracking. I was so nervous in the week leading up to flying out and I can admit now I was terrified something would go wrong. I'm glad it didn't, is all I can say.

I flew out of New Zealand on the Saturday. Our first stopover was Sydney and I had a few hours to wait there until my transfer flight to Los Angeles.

I managed to get a few pics from Sydney Airport:

Sydney Airport 1 11 May
Sydney Airport 7 - 11 May

I had a thirteen hour flight to L.A. We landed around 11am and it took about two hours or a little more to get through Customs. I caught a shuttle bus to my hotel, which was near the airport. This was the Marriott Hotel at LAX. The staff were lovely and very helpful to someone who is a complete amateur at travelling.

Here's the hotel: The Marriott Hotel - 11 May

I expected to be really jet-lagged, considering I didn't sleep much on the plane, but it wasn't too bad. I crashed about 6pm, slept a couple of hours, watched tv for about 15 minutes, then slept until five the next morning. Got up and wrote for a little. At 7.30am I took a shuttle to Hollywood as I had a tour booked for Universal Studios, something I've always wanted to see.

It was hot when we finally got to the studios after 9am. I managed to get sunburned, although not too badly as I did my best to stay in the shade. I took the studio ride, saw Bruce the shark (haha). They have King Kong as part of the studio tour and I have to say I found that the scariest part of my day at the theme park. It's in 3D and it really is quite well done. I visited the House of Horrors and I laughed at most of that, but not at the King Kong ride.

Anyway, I took in a few sights, the Jurassic Park ride, and bought a few things, one of which was an E.T. doll which I'd always wanted.

So, here's a few pics from my day at Universal studios:

Universal - 12 May
Street Backdrop - Universal - 12 May
Lon Chaney Drive - Universal Studio Tour - 12 May
Desperate Housewives - Universal - 12 May
Jaws - Universal - 12 May
Overlooking the Studios - Universal - 12 May
Back To The Future - Universal - 12 May

Next day, I flew to New Jersey. More on this tomorrow

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eternal_moonie
Jun. 1st, 2013 08:26 am (UTC)
AWESOME first part of your adventures!!!

*BIG HUG*

You lucky girl you!!
phoenixnz
Jun. 1st, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you honey. It's a shame I didn't get to meet certain people (ie, TW, MR or JH) but I can't have it all, haha. Anyway, next trip to plan is one to Europe.
babydee1
Jun. 1st, 2013 09:41 am (UTC)
Great pictures! Can't wait to see ones with you and the girls (and cygnus!) :-)
phoenixnz
Jun. 1st, 2013 07:58 pm (UTC)
I didn't manage to get one of all three of us girls together, since Carol wasn't well, but we do have pics. More tales to recount later.
tasabian
Jun. 1st, 2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
Looks like a lot of fun!
phoenixnz
Jun. 2nd, 2013 04:51 am (UTC)
I did have fun.
mari2anne
Jun. 2nd, 2013 05:50 am (UTC)
Nice memories! Awesome that you had a good time!
;)
phoenixnz
Jun. 2nd, 2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
I did have a good time. It's an awesome place to visit.
gem65
Jun. 2nd, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry that I didn't get to meet Carol in person too. :( At least we did get to 'meet' on Skype. :D I did get to finally meet Leanne in person. It was as if we've known each other for years. We certainly talked a lot - especially on the train to Baltimore. The whole trip was a lot of fun. Hopefully in the not too distant future I'll get to see New Zealand and Leanne can be the tour guide. :D
phoenixnz
Jun. 2nd, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
You've got a deal my friend. And as I said earlier, it would give me an excuse to see the South Island. So I'll expect you next year sometime? *g*
gem65
Jun. 2nd, 2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
I'll see what I can do. ;)
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phoenixnz
Jun. 3rd, 2013 05:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'd always wanted to go and when I planned my trip I decided the studios would be a part of it. I had a great time there and took a whole heap of photos.
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