L.A - Let's Go Dodgers!!
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After a pretty gruelling 10 hour Greyhound bus trip to Los Angeles, we were really looking forward to getting to the hostel and going to bed....Then we realised we had booked ourselves into a 22 bed dorm!!!! AAARRGH!! It was fine though, nearly everyone was nice and respectful (and just as well after our long bus journey!) and we got a good night's sleep. The weather was very suspect the next day - overcast and grey and so we took the free shuttle from the hostel (The Backpacker's Adventure Paradise - bit of a joke but there we go!) and went to the Fox Hills Mall for a little retail therapy...although we were window shopping for the most part.
The next day, we set out with the idea that we wanted to see a baseball game.
We made our way along the beach, shoes in hand, to Santa Monica pier and decided to look for a bus from this area that was going as near to the Dodgers Stadium as possible. We asked one bus driver who directed us to a bus stop. We got on the bus and the moment I said we were going to see the Dodgers, the driver punched the air with excitement and said "YEAH!" It turns out that we had found the biggest Dodgers fan on the planet (an American Dodgers Basball fanatic like my Dad is with the swans).
As we entered the stadium, we were up on the top tier looking down on the pitch. That is how everyone enters the stadium to find their seats. It is as if they built a stadium in a hole in the ground. The view as we entered the stadium was breathtaking and we would have been pleased to have just seen the stadium. The baseball game was fantastic. I had seen some ball games on the TV and was always really bored with the game.
For our last day in L.A before catching the Greyhound for Las Vegas, we took the public bus from our hostel to Hollywood. Our hostel was situated in 'The Hood' and was not at all the safest place to be walking aroung most of the time and certainly not at night. Some people in our hostel were ording pizza to be delivered from the pizza place across the road as they were too scared to cross over and pick it up themselves! It took us just over an hour on the metro bus to get to Hollywood and we got off on the 'Walk Of Fame'. We strolled around, reading the names on the stars on the street.
After a few photos, we decided to go and walk to Sunset Strip on Sunset Boulevard. Not a good idea!! It is said that no one walks in L.A and we now have the blisters on our feet to show why. We walked down some of Sunset Bvld....I don't want to even think how far we walked....We got so far...stopped, realised that there is not really that much to see...a supposedly famous tatoo shop here, a famous hotel there and at the end of the strip, some bars.