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Sep 23, 2016 - Museums, Tar Pits and the Metro

On Thursday we had a day exploring museums and tar pits. Yes, tar pits. I had no idea that LA had the ‘La Brea Tar Pits’ which hold the remains of thousands of extinct animals including mammoths, saber-tooth tigers and others. They got stuck in there millions of years ago and are now being dug up. The complex is on Wilshire Boulevard so it was strange to find an archaeological dig in the middle of such a hustling bustling city. We also visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – full of weird and wonderful pieces. We’ve been...

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In the USA 2016

Sep 21, 2016 - Disneyland

Today is day 2 for us. Yesterday, after arriving at our hotel, having breakfast and a little rest, we headed to the Museum of Contemporary Art only to find it closed. So we went a-wandering around some sights such as the City Hall and China Town. We had a late lunch/early dinner on Olvera Street, an area that is full of Mexican shops and eateries. The food was awesome! We are staying Down Town - probably not that touristy - but I really like it. It is very Latino. One thing that jumps out at us here is the number of homeless people...

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Aug 28, 2016 - A Visit

We met Miranda Carroll and her husband, Phil Swinburn, for lunch on Wilshire Boulevard. After lunch Miranda took us to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she is in charge of PR - and therefore knows everything. She explained the collections and the buildings and escorted us to the 'Rain Room' Water sprinkled from the ceiling at the rate of a nasty shower. However, if you walked across the room the rain stopped and you didn't get wet - well only a few drops. Fascinating for the human behaviour as well as the wetness or otherwise. The...

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Aug 27, 2016 - A Free day in Los Angeles

The morning was spent in fetching the car from the agent and verifying that it had escaped from its adventure with falling containers unscathed. It received its first dose of American 'Gas"; didn't like it. The sound wasn't nearly as good as with the British variety but I expect that it will get used to it. We shall try to find the ethanol free variety which is more suitable for older engines. Robin spent some time solving the problem of a passenger window that did not want to close - electric windows can be a problem. It turned out to be...

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Aug 26, 2016 - Container drama

We have safely arrived in Los Angeles and met all of our friends. The sun is shining. We have enjoyed a nice dinner with the Patchett's at a seafood restaurant overlooking the harbour and watching pelicans and seals pick up the scraps from the returning fishing boats. California at its best. On Global Rally we are used to leaving a trail of destruction behind us for example earthquakes in Pakistan and the Arab Spring but this time disaster seems to be proceeding our rally. Yesterday we were informed that three of our containers had not...

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Jul 14, 2016 - LA layover

Hey folks, I just finished my flight from Seattle to LA and am about to embark on the Trans-Pacific flight I have looked forward to since I first planned my study abroad. The process of leaving Lopez went smoother than I had expected and immediately allowed me to reflect on my summer with only happy thoughts. It’s always hard for me to leave Lopez and I am thankful that I was able to say goodbye to the island and its community in such a positive way. I feel secure in the knowledge that no matter how long it takes for life to bring me back...

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May 27, 2016 - We've Arrived

It was a late morning since we didn't get to bed until after 1. We took off for breakfast around 10 and ended up at McDonald's at Time Square. Wandered around the area for a while. Very crowded plus so much construction. I had purchased the City Pass for us and decided to use one of those tickets and picked the Observation Tower at Rockefeller Center. I was expecting it to be crowded but was pleasantly surprised that there was no line. That was the good news. The bad news was it was pretty hazy so any pictures didn't come out so well. Then...

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May 7, 2016 - Arriving in England

London Heathrow--Never been to the airport before. I've seen quite a bit of it now. When I arrived, I headed to immigration. There were only a few people in line ahead of me, so I cleared quickly. Onto baggage claim. I had to wait about 10 minutes for my suitcase to come up. Looked around to find the exchange rate--dollars to pounds. Grabbed some money out of an ATM. I knew mom and dad had been waiting a while for me, so I was in a hurry. Grabbed my bag and headed out into the arrivals terminal. I was looking for a) my parents, and b) the...

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May 6, 2016 - Leaving for the British Isles

Packed, loaded, headed to the airport with my friend, Basilio. He's a good man to take me to LAX instead of making me walk. Yikes. Shabu Shabu for lunch on the way. Mm. I always fly out of the American Airlines Terminal, Terminal 4, but my ticket says I'm out of the Tom Bradley International Terminal today, so that's where Basilio dropped me. I walked in, checked the board: "Go to Terminal 4 to check in." Hm. Should have known. Now, this week, I finally pulled the trigger to get my TSA Pre-Screened status. I couldn't wait to see it...

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Apr 15, 2016 - Northbound to Sendai

Got in late last night, finally hitting the pillows at 12:45 or so. Woke up today to several inquiries from back home about the earthquake. As I began to respond, Kathy alerted me to a second quake in Southern Japan. Yesterday morning was M6.2 and then last night, as we were passing Kamchatka, the second hit the same southern area with M7.1 or so. Nobody in Tokyo was the least bit fazed. So now we are very relaxed on our Shinkansen, levitating ahead at 150-200 mph I 'spect. Steve will meeting at the platform. Very excited! DMC

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Apr 14, 2016 - The Airport!

Well, this turned out so much better than we expected. 24 hours before our flight, we learned that our seats had been downgraded because of a change of equipment. This did not sit well with Dennis. Fresh off a knee replacement surgery in December, he is physically unable to sit in an economy seat for 11 hours. We chose Singapore Airlines only because of their Premium Economy class - more leg room for less than the price of business. He stressed all night - even looking into cancelling his ticket and changing to American Airlines. We both...

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Feb 17, 2016 - Day one

Day 1 US February 17 We arrived in Los Angeles after a comfy 11 hour flight. We had 3 seats between us and managed to get a few movies in as well as some sleep. Not to mention a lot of carbs. After picking up the hire car we headed to San Francisco in peak hour LA traffic. We got a navigator with the car which includes a phone and wifi for a week so I can remain connected to my tecchy world. Our first stop was at Malibu for a coffee in a great supermarket that apparently only sells healthy stuff. It had an amazing array of foods, a Paleo...

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