I can’t believe how fast time has gone, and that I’m leaving the US tomorrow already. These last few days have been crazy, we’ve been leaving the apartment in the morning, come back in the afternoon to shower and switch clothes and then not come back again until late at night. Luckily we’ve been having so much fun, here is a short (HAHA like you believe that…) recap of everything we’ve been up to.
On Wednesday, our first day in LA we headed back north to Camarillo to go to an outlet. My interest in shopping is very limited, unless it’s for bicycles or outdoor gear, so I left my parents to their own devices and headed to the IMAX cinema which was conveniently located there too. While mom went shopping and dad was people watching, I saw the new Mission Impossible movie which I loved. And the lead woman was Swedish, I had no idea she would be in it. I love that so many Swedish women are doing so well in Hollywood at the moment. Since it was a Wednesday at noon, we were only 4 people in the entire cinema, just how I like it.
After the movie my parents were luckily done too, so after a quick coffee stop we got back in the car to head towards downtown LA. Unfortunately we hit a bit of rush hour, but when is it not rush hour in LA though? It took us maybe 1,5 hours to get there, which was fine. Dad and I got off at Staples Center, because when the tickets to this concert were released I was in Vienna for work. They were released at 19:00 CET and at exactly that moment I was about to do an interview, so my mom got the incredible honor of trying to get me a ticket. I told her that whenever Taylor plays at Staples Center it sells out in less than a minute so if she couldn’t get them it was fine, but she managed to get me vip pit tickets! Yay! They bought them with dad’s card though so he needed to pick them up in person. I had brought the sunglasses I got last week with me, since I wear prescription sunglasses I can’t wear them, so when I saw a little girl and her mom taking photos and looking super excited for the concert, I gave them to her. She got so happy, definitely worth it.
The pit is right next to the stage, and I only had two girls in front of me who were both much shorter than me. Next to me was another girl named Megan who had been to all 5 (FIVE!) of the LA concerts and had also been invited to the 1989 secret session in LA last year, where she got to go to Taylor’s house in Beverly Hills and listen to the album before it become available. It was so fun to hear the story from when she met Taylor and from the party, I think everyone standing in the pit were completely spellbound and SO jealous. Taylor’s dancers came out to say hi and take pictures as well, that was fun.
Then we got to see Vance Joy perform (third time seeing him for me this summer…) and also HAIM which was a lot of fun. This was the first time I got to see them and they were so talented.
And then it was time for Taylor. It was SO much fun being that close to the stage, actually seeing all the facial expressions and little things you miss otherwise, it was just amazing. And the guest artists! We heard from the security guys that Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake was gonna be there, which was true and so much fun. But when she said “you guys need to be really nice to my next guest because she has only ever played at a very small coffee shop before. Please welcome Phoebe Buffay!” I though everyone was gonna die. The sound level went up like crazy, because watching Lisa Kudrow walk out on the stage while in the character of Phoebe from Friends to sing Smelly Cat was just beyond anything I ever could have imagined. BEST. NIGHT. EVER. Sorry not sorry for the abundance of pictures from the concert.
It was just SO MUCH FUN! If you ever have the chance to see her in concert, even if you’re not a huge fan, GO. It’s such an amazing show that it’s hard to describe. I love that woman so much. There is a chance I might try to get tickets for her Australia tour too… OH! And after she had played We are never ever getting back together which has been turned into a rock song for the tour, she threw her guitar pick into the pit where I was standing. It literally landed on me and I caught it completely shocked. The others standing around me glared a bit… like I said, BEST NIGHT EVER.
Here is the video for Smelly Cat live if anyone wants to enjoy that. I highly recommend doing so
The next day we went down to the Santa Monica pier, and also rented bikes so that we could ride around Venice Beach. My hand is about the same in pain level, maybe a bit better, but I can ride a beach cruise with one hand so it was fine.
When I lived in LA I lived just south of Venice, so I’ve spent a lot of time there. I took my parents around the beach area, but also to where the actual canals it’s named after are located. It’s so beautiful there.
We also walked some along the shops at the boardwalk, and swam in the ocean. Just the perfect beach day.
That night we drove to Marina Del Rey so I could show my mother where I lived for a year, and we also of course went to the Cheesecake Factory and enjoyed the sunset from their patio. We could also see all the planes arriving at LAX, the sky looked like it was filled with fireflies almost.
On Friday my parents had arranged for us to go to Universal Studios, where I’ve never been before so I was really excited too. They had even bought us front of the line passes so we wouldn’t have to actually stand in line at any of the rides. Well spent money. One of the best parts was the actual studio tour, that took us around the entire premises and they also had some fun 3D attractions while on the train. It was amazing.
I love Harry Potter, too bad it doesn’t open until the spring! My brother is going to the one in Orlando this fall though with his family, they’ll have to take a bunch of pictures and send to me.
I got more excited about seeing a Wicked poster than the actual studios, it’s one of my favorite musicals.
Heading into the King Kong 3D attraction.
Whoville from the Grinch!
We spent the day going on rides and just enjoying the park. It was a lot of fun, but many of the attractions were “just” 3D rides and not actual roller coasters. It’s a very small park though so I guess that’s a good solution. We really loved the stunt show though!
I love Jurassic Park!
So wet after the Jurassic park ride. We went through a waterfall at the end after a huge drop, and got soaked.
Parks is one of my favorite shows ever. So funny. I love Amy Poehler.
Stunt show. It was really good.
The next day which was Saturday, we had booked a tour of Beverly Hills and Hollywood. My parents wanted to go on some kind of tour, so when we were approached at the Santa Monica Pier by some guy we actually signed up for the tour right there and then… not something I usually do, but it turned out great. It was a small bus, only 12 of us on it and our guide Ryan had a lot of knowledge about the area, and was very funny.
This is the hotel where Richard Gere stay in Pretty Woman.
Our next stop was Beverly Hills where we would be shown celebrity homes. I had earlier googled where Taylor lives but come up with nothing. So when Ryan pulled up next to some gates and said the magic words “This is Taylor Swift’s house” I gasped so loud that everyone in the bus heard. YAY! Even though you barely could see anything it was still fun.
Such clear air in Los Angeles… hm.
After Beverly Hills we went to Hollywood. The house below is where Julia Roberts lived in Pretty Woman.
Ingrid Bergman is my favorite. Casablanca is one of my favorite movies of all time (I say this a lot, I know, but it’s true!)
The stairs up to the Dolby Theater where the Academy Awards are held each year. On each side all the Best Movie winners from each year are placed. So much goodness.
After Hollywood we were driven to the Grove so we could have lunch at the Farmer’s market. I enjoyed some seafood gumbo to make up for the food I couldn’t eat when I was in New Orleans, it was delicious.
The entire tour took 5,5 hours in total and it was a lot of fun. I really recommend Surf city tours.
We were pretty tired after that, it’s been so incredibly hot this past week in LA, around 30-38 degrees every day. So typical that they get a heat wave just when we arrive. We had a nice French dinner and did some shopping on Third street later that night. In Sweden we watch tv and eat tacos on Friday nights, here people go shopping…
Today has been our last full day in the United States, and my 89th day here. We just wanted a slow day so a day at the beach was perfect.
How do you spot a Swiftie at the beach? The bag and the magazine might be a giveaway…
The waves and the current were INSANE. I fell over several times because I simply it was pushing on my legs to hard for me to be able to stand. A lot of fun though.
Skate park right by the beach in Venice.
Venice beach, the most decadent place in all of Los Angeles and of course there are people with these signs. These type of things are something I won’t miss about America.
So here we go. My 90 day visa is up, and tomorrow evening I get on a plane to Brisbane, Australia. I can’t believe I’ve already been here for 3 whole months. It’s been the most adventurous and wonderful months of my life. I can’t believe all the fun things I’ve gotten to experience during my time here, but I honestly couldn’t have wished for anything better. We have talked a lot in the past few days that maybe this accident was supposed to happen somehow, so that I would be able to experience all of these things instead. No matter what, I leave this country with no regrets, only a promise to come back as soon as I can.
And as for Australia? People keep telling me “what are you going to do when you get there?” and I honestly have no idea. I have no plans really, which I don’t mind though. I have had no time to make any plans except to actually book my ticket there. But isn’t that the greatest adventure, just letting life take you where it wants?
I’m sure Australia will be just as big of an adventure as the United States has been. I can’t wait!