Probably since watching The O.C., I wanted to go to California. And as Emily spent her exchange semester in Los Angeles, I now even had a reason to visit the City of Angels. A 12-hour non-stop flight later and waiting at the immigration for two hours, I finally got out of the airport and took a cab to Emily’s place. In the afternoon, we headed to Melrose Avenue, had dinner at Gracias Madre in West Hollywood, and got some late-night ice cream on the way home.
Luckily, this time I didn’t have any trouble falling asleep despite the time difference, but got up with Emily early in the morning. While she headed to the university, I first went to Venice Beach and met Sarah in Santa Monica later before meeting Emily for dinner in the evening. The following day, the three of us went to Hollywood for a celebrity sightseeing tour on which we saw some of the celebrity homes in the Hollywood Hills, drove along Mulholland Drive and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, and also stopped at one lookout for a stunning and scenic view of the city. Later, we strolled along the Walk of Fame and Beverly Hills before heading to The Grove. As I still had to pack my bags for Vancouver and Emily had classes the next day, we didn’t stay out too long and had dinner and a relaxing night at home instead. My flight to Vancouver would only leave in the evening, giving us enough time to go to LACMA and Melrose Avenue for some vintage shopping and coffee.
The day I got back from Vancouver, I felt slightly sick and stayed at home. Yet, doing much better again the following day, Sarah and I went to Griffith Observatory, where you also have a great view of the City of Angels and the Hollywood Sign. In the evening, we then met Emily for dinner, and when Vicki also made it to LA a few hours later, we were finally complete for our road trip to Las Vegas the next day. After some wild days there, Emily and Sarah flew back to Austria, while Vicki and I spent two more days in Los Angeles. And when we got back in the evening, we were so hungry we convinced the taxi driver to stop at Taco Bell on our way to Emily’s place, which was probably the best part of the day.
The following day, we had breakfast at Great White in Venice, where we also went shopping at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and headed to the beach afterwards. Later, we went to Santa Monica Pier and finally met Michelle in the afternoon to drive along the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu. There, we had lunch at Malibu Farm, walked along Malibu Pier, and later spent some time at Malibu Beach. Right in time for sunset, we drove back to the city to pick up Michelle’s sister Angela for dinner at The Cheesecake Factory at Marina Del Rey, which was simply the best ending of my trip. On my last day, I only had breakfast with Vicki at home and then headed to the airport to hop on another 12-hour non-stop flight back home again – yet, taking with me some great memories from these past two weeks.