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Ale and her REAL 2m Christmas tree

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a really nice Christmas Day whatever you got up to. It's lucky I like Christmas a lot cos I had 3 in a row! My 14hr flight to LA was uneventful but unfortunately I got hardly any sleep. At one point the cabin crew dressed up like Santa + his reindeer and gave lollies to the kids, which was nice. I was hoping we would get turkey or something but we just got ordinary food. They also only gave us lunch (at 2pm) then breakfast (at 5am) which I thought was a little odd, but I wasn't at all hungry anyway.

When I got to LA, after I had been fingerprinted + had my mug shot taken (!), I waited outside for Ale to pick me up. She drove me to her house alongside the ocean which was beautiful - it was the same temperature in LA as it had been when I left Melbourne, approx 15-20C.

Rancho Palos Verdes
I also saw some of the places where the O.C. was filmed. At her house I met her Mum, Dad and Grandma and then we had breakfast before opening presents. They even gave me presents! I couldn't believe it. I got a beautiful green notebook which will be very useful, and a box of candies. So nice of them. They had an amazing Christmas tree over 2m tall - a different species to the Australian ones so I thought it was fake at first! We then went walking down to the ocean cliffs near her house and it was sooo beautiful. The houses were amazing, they looked like celebrity houses. One guy even had a periscope going from his living room up through his roof that you could use to look at the surrounding landscape with - we walked through his house to get to his private path to the beach (they are family friends of Ale's family).
Ale's family in the Mini Cooper convertible we took around LA!
The entire house was covered in beautiful Christmas stuff; it looked like it was straight out of a magazine spread. Anyway, after hiking around the cliffs we went back and had a bit of lunch, before heading out to see Hollywood! This we did driving in a Mini Cooper convertible so that added to the fun too.

First we drove past the Trump Golf Course, then headed into downtown LA. I could see the Hollywood sign from far far away so of course I got rather excited about that. We also saw all the theatres where the Academy Awards, film premieres etc are held and saw all the stars in the footpath - Elton John, etc etc etc and some of the old movie stars such as Shirley Temple had their handprints and footprints in blocks of concrete. There were a surprising number of people out and about considering it was Christmas Day, but they must have been mostly tourists I think.

After the tour we returned home as the family had to get ready to go out for Christmas dinner at a house with 75 other people! Crazy. I hung about in the airport for hours and hours before finally boarding my plane to Costa Rica at 1:30am in the morning - I was so dead tired by then!

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Ale and her REAL 2m Christmas tree
Ale and her REAL 2m Christmas tree
Rancho Palos Verdes
Rancho Palos Verdes
Ales family in the Mini Cooper co…
Ale's family in the Mini Cooper c…
In front of the Kodak Theatre in H…
In front of the Kodak Theatre in …
The Hollywood sign!
The Hollywood sign!