San Francisco is an awesome city, but it is an absolute slog to walk around! Some of the streets are so steep, the footpaths are simply staircases. Walking downhill is probably just as hard as uphill, so you cannot win…apart from the views! There is a huge homeless population here, which is a bit sad, but they all have more possessions than me! They walk around with shopping trolleys full of bags. I saw one begging today, he got money off a lady, said thanks, then popped straight to the liquor store! Why no hey!
Pizza is also a different ballgame in America. I got a slice that was over a foot long, and almost a foot wide! The size of the food here is staggering...quite happy with the kids meals at this stage, even those are gigantic!
I went and saw Alcatraz, after several years of watching it in movies. It was pretty cool, but for the 300 other tourists crawling around the island. There were elbows flying around everywhere, and I was keen to test half of their swimming abilities if truth be told! Went with my room mate from Ecuador, Carlos, who reckons he runs the biggest nightclub in Ecuador! I have been assured a big night as guest of honour when I go visit....sign me up!
After a great few days in San Francisco, is was time for a look around Los Angeles. After catching a bus through the Oakland Ghettos, where pants are so baggy they go through two postcodes, and then through mostly farmland, I arrived at my hostel in Hollywood around 8pm.
Just as I was walking through the hostel door, about 50 people were bursting out on a pub crawl...taking me with them! A pub crawl in Hollywood, what could possibly go wrong? The first bar was an All American bar, like on the movies, with bikers in one corner, jocks in another, and a mechanical bull in the middle. The second bar I met some locals and went out with them, and some other random Aussie who wasn't even from my hostel! It ended with me and the Aussie in a pizza shop trying to orientate ourselves back to our respective hostels, with very little luck. Note to self, don't head out on the town without a map or hostel address…and especially try and remember the name of your accommodation!
There were an abundance of street performers, but also homeless people begging. One beggar had a big cardboard sign that said "FUCK OFF", and nothing else! We gave him a dollar for his troubles, I appreciate his honesty. Another reckons Jesus will be coming down on a white horse on Sunday…which should be interesting.
Most the shops in LA seem to be one of two things, Tattoo Parlours or Stripper supply shops! I notice people like to dress up as Movie Characters...without actually "performing". I walked behind "Zorro", and at each set of lights he did the Zorro thing with the sword, saying "Zorro", but he wasn't actually performing...I think he thought he was Zorro! Good on him!
We also went to Warner Bros studios to see a sitcom taping of Big Bang Theory, but it got cancelled. It was actually quite humorous to see security officers at Warner Bros. You just cant take them seriously with WB logos on their uniforms and motorbikes, they seem more like cartoon characters!
PS....dont worry all...I got a photo of Chuck Norris's star on the Hollywood pavement.