But then the time for our Californian roadtrip had finally arrived and on Black Friday we left Zürich really early in the morning. We took a taxi to the airport because there was no public transport yet but I also realised that it's so much easier to just get there in a cab, so I might do that much more often...
Anyway after a stop over in London we arrived in sunny Los Angeles in the afternoon of the 14th of April. I had been quite nervous about getting our car and driving through the city, but I needn't have worried so much. Even though our car wasn't ready when we got to the car rental, we got one after about half an hour; a lovely blue Nissan Rogue which I really got to like on the following 1296 miles. The navigon worked right away and Anke (the navigon voice ;-) was a great help getting us where we wanted to be. Traffic was intense and being on the freeway with very little sleep was quite intense, nevertheless we got to our hotel on Cahuenga Boulevard close to Universal City safely.
On Saturday we were up early so we were at the entrance to the Universal Studios around 8am which was an excellent time. No lines, lovely temperatures and we had time to look around without being pushed around.
Yannick and Antonia had fun on the rides and in the shops, especially in the Harry Potter part and even I was courageous enough to try everything. We stayed for about 5 hours, then we had enough. By then a lot more people had arrived and it was getting really crowded.
After a nap at the hotel we decided to go to Venice Beach. It took us quite a while to get there, but we saw a lot of Los Angeles. It seemed so unreal to be on the beach and right next to the Pacific and it was totally worth driving for more than an hour. We stayed a couple of hours watching people and wandering around before we headed back to the hotel.