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After half a day on the beach in San Diego, we continued to Hollywood, Los Angeles, where we litterally was staying on the "Walk of Fame", next door to El Capitan Theatre and a 100 meters from The Chinese Theatre. It was buzzing when we arrived at 8pm, but only with tourists, as expected. The night before some guys in San Diego told us it was a horrible hostel where we should watch ourselfs and our belongings, but other than a horrible smell it was allright, it's the cheapest we've stayed in, so what can you expect... Location is the most important to us since we're relying on public transport, which can be a drag in this country.
After settling in, we went out and checked out the Walk of Fame (the stars in the sidewalk), Souvenir shops, El Capitan and the Chinese Theatre. Since we only had one full day we asked in the tourist information how to use it the best, and she told us the most efficent route, even though she was very dissapointed that we only had one day, it's the same everywhere. So next morning we got up really early, took the bus to Santa Monica beach. Unfortunately it was too misty and too early to see any surfers and hunky life guards :-( But it was fantastic anyway, with huge palmtrees and soft sand for miles.
Then we bussed it up to Rodeo Drive where we felt very much out of place in our hiking sandals and Haglofs backpacks... No stars that we know of, although I saw a woman that looked very much like Judi Dench, but what would she be doing there..? We enjoyed a frappe, the only thing we could afford, in Beverly Hills 90210, before we returned to Hollywood to take pictures with the Hollywood sign, which wasn't succesfull since it was miles away... In the evening we saw Pirates of The Carribean in El Capitan, where all the staff was dressed as pirates and there was a bit of a stageshow before the movie started, and an exhibition of original props.
Hollywood was all I imagined it to be, a rundown tourist trap, but fun! ;-)