Now we’re finaly in the US and the roadtrip has begun. The flight to San Francisco International airport went well but took a long time. The plane touched down about mid day but we didn’t get out of the airport until late in the afternoon because of our luggage.
Tired and finaly out of the airport we went to this marvelous restaurant, “The Cliff House.” We really had a great time there, but we also really wanted to go to this cool restaurant with great view of the Golden Gates and Alcatraz. The food was great! Although Emil unfortunately couldn’t handle his Franciscan cooked crab and he felt sick for the evening and he was quite unbearable.
The hotel we had prebooked although wasn’t that great. It turned out to be a hostel, but it was really comfortable and we all indisputably got closer to each other.
The next morning we went on a trip to Alcatraz by boat for $ 104 total. Alcatraz was very interessting but some of us thought it was a bit scary too. When we got back on land in the afternoon we decided to rent bikes. We found a rental that only costed us $28.80 *4= $115,20. With the bikes we went to see the fantastic Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio of San Francisco where we had a great view ower the ocean.
We stayed in the same bad hostel for one more night and the next day we checked out the great view from the Twin Peaks as early as we managed (09:00) in the morning. After a lunch at Subway the bus trip to L.A. began. It went flawless and took eight hours.
Rocking the house of blues and one star to little in the City of Angels.
The house of Blues
On our way home from an average restaurant we bumped into a guy standing and dealing out leaflets that said that the House of Blues are celebrating a special occasion and everybody are welcome. It is not like we are in L.A. every day, so we thought that we should give it a try.
The House of Blues is known for hosting the most eclectic types of musical acts. Every conceivable genre has equal playing time on the stage. It was really crowded when we got there and we noticed that the best seats were upstairs in the balcony area where we could avoid the large crowd and mosh pit. But all those seats were taken and filled way before the band got on stage, so we took the seats below. Among the bands that were going to perform was Kings Of Leon, which was pretty awesome!
The dance floor had a pretty decent size and the light shows were good for such a small stage. The House of Blues on Sunset also boast The Porch, a Creole style restaurant where anyone from tourists, families, couples to young teenagers come for a delicious meal. It’s not the best place to have a conversation when a band is performing because their sound system is phenomenal, but the perk is bypassing the line outside and entrance to the concert venue right after dinner.
We managed to take a picture even though it was hard considering the crowd.
And a video here.
Since we only stayed one night in L.A. we decided to book a fancier hotel. Our stay at the relatively fancy two-star hotel was pleasant and we all enjoyed the privacy that you can allow yourself when you live in a room that’s bigger than twenty square meters. We were all happily surprised about the breakfast our hotel managed to deliver and in our eyes the hotel deserved a third star.
In L.A. our food intake wasn’t that healthy perhaps. Since we were walking the streets a lot we just stopped whenever we felt hungry and we can now tell you from our own experience that the streets of L.A. have a lot of McDonald’s restaurants.
during the time we spent in “The Golden State” we experienced the big amount of Spanish immigrant populations that, as immigrants, done their thing and emigrated from Latin America and we heard the spicy language of Spain being spoken everywhere we went.
One cashier didn’t even understand what Leo meant when he asked for a pack of beef jerky to have as provisioning on the bike trip to Golden Gate Bridge, instead he got a jar of peanut butter but he was rather happy with that to. Though he did miss the luxury of cutleries as his finger got really smudgy when he reached for a snack half way.
The bike trip, by the way, was a genius idea. We got extremely lucky with the weather and the view was spectacular all the way!
California was great!