Monday, June 19, 2006

LA is a great big freeway

At the Bread Cafe in Beverly Hills our waitress was Sarah, an actress from New York. She was young, bubbly and genuinely interested in the epic travels of three "Ahhzees".

LA is a city of huge contrasts. Most of our fellow commuters on the Metro buses and trains were workers of Latin-American background. In Beverly Hills you would see teenagers driving Lexus SUVs while the truly rich cruised Rodeo Drive in Bentleys and Lamborghinis. On the other side of the road from Guess sat a homeless man begging for change with all his worldly possessions in a shopping trolley.

After six busy and exciting days in LA (Disneyland, Universal Studios and Hollywood) we flew to Vancouver. I love this city! I think I'll buy a condominium near Stanley Park and stay here during the northern summer. I'm writing this on Wednesday 14 June. We're sitting at Teresa's Cafe on Denman Street [All day breakfast, Tel: 683-7321]. They do the best breakfasts in British Columbia and this, sadly, is our last day in Vancouver. Today after checking emails, we're catching the SeaBus to North Vancouver, then the Gondola to the summit of Grouse Mountain. We can still see drifts of snow on the mountains!

My running on the trip thus far has been infrequent. We're doing touristy things in the afternoons and enjoying the local night life in the evenings. I may run with a group at 6pm this afternoon that meet at a local shop - The Running Room.

I'm missing reading your blogs. An hour at the Joe Fortes Library on Denman Street goes so fast! Sorry for neglecting everyone. Wish you were here. Until next time, 'au revoir and good luck'.

[Posting this on Sunday 18 June from Joe and Deb's property in beautiful rural Kings Valley]


Blogger Tesso said...

Gee, I wish I was there too. I just love the States, its so big and bold, and some of the people are real gems.

I can't wait to see piccies of your trip - I trust you will share a few with us :-)

Keep on having fun.

6:08 am  
Blogger Spark Driver said...

I have never been to the USA and you make it sound great.

I will forgive you for not blogging. Its hard enough to catch up with in regular life let alone when you are abroad and busy.

8:27 am  
Blogger Rachel said...

What a picture you paint of LA! Speaking of Lambourgines, I know a guy who just wrote his off so he payed 500 grand for another one. I just can't think what it would be like to be able to do that!
Sounds like you're having an awesome time :)

11:22 am  
Blogger plu said...

When I was there in 1992 I found the smog so hard to run in. But you have to run in each city you visit.

Keep enjoying yourself.


2:45 pm  
Blogger Wobbly man said...

Sounds like a great trip Ewen! I hope you geta chance to visit Victoria (BC). If you like Vancouver, then you will love Victoria!

8:28 pm  
Blogger strewth said...

Fantastic to hear your news Ewen. Sounds like you're having a ball. Hope you managed a run from The Running Room - sounds like fun. Those brekkies sound soooo good! We're all missing you at training so stay safe and don't forget the photos!

10:11 pm  
Blogger Friar said...

The great USA and Canada make wonderful touring, LA by night was great too.

8:18 am  
Blogger speedygeoff said...

Did you put a hundred down?

7:42 pm  
Blogger Tuggeranong Don said...

I'm just catching up on posts after my own travels Ewen. It's great to read yours and what a trip you are having. I am an unashamedly big admirer of the USA. I love the place and reading your blogs just makes me want to go back. Take care.

7:38 pm  
Blogger Aki said...

Ooooh, you got to go to Disneyland! How cool!

9:16 pm  
Blogger Ewen said...

I've been home for a couple of weeks but haven't had time to blog about the trip.

Trying to compose the right words hasn't been easy. When you see such amazing things...

Yes, I'll share some piccies - of course!

Work has been hectic and I haven't been reading all your blogs. Sorry. I miss reading them.

9:00 pm  
Blogger speedygeoff said...

And now it's August ET.....

11:21 pm  
Blogger Susan said...

I've never be to LA, but I'm dying to go to Vancouver. Can't wait to see your pictures!

10:13 pm  

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