Once upon a time in a land far, far away - Taipei, Taiwan to be exact, Rich and I met a really super cool couple from Orange County, California called Lisa and Aaris.
We were both pretty excited to see Lisa and Aaris again and hang out "on their turf" when you meet people traveling the conversation often come up "when you come visit me in XYZ we will do this...." so when you actually get to visit these friends in their home town its pretty exciting.
First things first, Rich and I said goodbye to central LA and jumped on a train and headed over to Irvine, Lisa had warned us "there's not really anything in Irvine" - sorry Irvine, she wasn't making that up.
Voodoo Doughnuts came up as Aaris was one of the friends we had that was a big advocate of Voodoo Doughnuts. Although he agreed they were good, he told us there was a local place that was even better. I have to say I'm glad this doughnut place is in California, because if it was in Wellington I would want to go there every day (which would mean I'd weigh about 100 kilos).
Getty Centre, but I have to say although there was a tonne of interesting exhibitions I was more taken by the gardens outside and the view of LA.
Until this point this was pretty much all I knew about Venice Beach - which I learnt from a flavoured milk TV ad at some point in the late 90s. It involved a guy with dreadlocks rollerblading along the beachfront, it was super cool at the time. I have no idea why he would be drinking New Zealand flavoured milk.
Although it was kind of appropriate that the ad was made in the 90's as to me, Venice Beach felt a bit like a wacky music festival in the 90s. I'm not being insulting here either, I went to a few music festivals in the 90s and it was a good time!
reality show about this place!
I'm so out of touch with pop culture, but I did love the freak show and one of the freak show folks told me she thought my tooth necklace was really cool, so I was stoked.