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Day 36: Six Flags Magic Mountain & delicious Korean BBQ

Today is the day, where all my fears are realised and I make lots of horrid faces I did not know I could make, and these faces will be immortalised, captured on a Six Flags Magic Mountain camera somewhere. I put my foot down and told Anna I refuse to go on the Lex Luthor Drop of Doom and I also refuse to go on the Goliath and Superman: The Escape, yes, believe it, I said no to Anna, a rarity, I know, the fact that I said no to Anna just goes to show how scared I am, I also said I won’t do The Riddler.

We drove to Six Flags Magic Mountain, I think it was a 40 min drive or so, Anna had to go on a FREEWAY, we used my Iphone GPS to get there, and we MADE IT THERE, not that I didn’t believe we would, it’s just always amazing seeing someone successfully drive on the other side of the road, on a freeway too! I think it’s impressive at least.

ANYWAY, we got to the theme park, and quickly walked to Tatsu, it’s meant to be one of the most popular rides, apparently it feels like you’re flying or whatever and it’s a 4 minute rollercoaster, HAHA really, a 4 minute roller coaster, that didn’t have a lot of plunging drops so I didn’t mind it so much, we looked at the waiting time and it was 90 MINUTES!!!!! Anna and I quickly walked away to find another ride and it was 2 HOURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT THE FUCK. We should not have left as late as we did. We ended up going to eat an overpriced and shitty lunch (I ate fried chicken and Anna ate a burger, KFC could do better fried chicken than Six Flags, don’t get the fried chicken), and then hopped onto the Gold Rusher, it’s just this little wooden rollercoaster that doesn’t do much, it’s meant to be classed as a Novice sort of ride, even I thought it wasn’t much.

I don’t really remember the order of the rides that we went on so I’m just going to talk about them in non-chronological order, if I get the wait times wrong, please tell me Anna:

  • The Riddler ‘s Revenge – I know I said I wouldn’t go on this, but it looked pretty interesting, it took roughly 45minutes to get on the ride and we realised it was a rollercoaster where we are UPRIGHT, yes, we sort of get on this seat thing but our legs are dangling vertical and our feet touch the floor, it was weird and I didn’t know what to expect, it was also moderately uncomfortable. The ride ended up being super fun and I enjoyed it immensely, we went quite high and spun down, in our vertical positions.
  • Scream – this had NO LINE, we got onto it after Colossus I think, and we just walked straight onto the ride, Anna and I were cheering, it was a standard roller coaster, I can’t remember much of it to be honest.
  • Green Lantern: First Flight – it looked like the tamest ride, this stupid ride took almost 1.5 hours to get on, the line just never ended, it was a ride that basically just zigzagged everywhere, you went to the peak of it and then just… um… I can’t describe it, best show you a picture, please see below. Anyway, this ride was a lot more scary than anticipated, you get to the edge and it just plunges you down, so you get that weirdo butterfly feeling like 4 times, because the seats also spin around, you’re constantly confused… and banging your head, which adds to the confusion. It was fun. But it was painful. Anna and I walked out rubbing our heads and complaining about the last drop because we flew forward into our seat belt thing (I don’t know what it’s called, it’s the thing that keeps you in.. the harness? Oh gosh…), and then got flung back into the seat, and BANG… uncomfy head rest meets back of head.  
  • Colossus – standard run of the mill easter show roller coaster, lots of ups and downs, not many butterflies, surprisingly, Anna must have been disappointed.
  • Batman the ride – almost exactly like the Lethal Weapon wide in the Gold Coast, so your feet are dangling and you’re flying everywhere.
  • X2 – Stupid ride malfunctioned and we waited almost 2 hours for the ride, it rained on us, it was upsetting. The ride was pretty scary, you pretty much ascended to the peak with your back lying down and I was freaking out as we were going up “ANNA WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?”, it gets to the peak and you’re all confused because you see no rails going down, and then it pulls you under and it’s just crazy, also a head banger, it’s meant to be some crazy ride with special effects and stuff (think FIRE AND LIGHTNING) but the weather did not permit.
  • Revolution – a white roller coaster that is one of the oldest there! We only went on it because it had no line, it was okay.

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Awesome drive on the freeway lol.

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The Collosus is behind Anna, then it’s the Goliath (please see steep drop on roller coaster), then it’s Lex Luthor Drop of Doom, with Superman next to it (it’s pretty much our Giant Drop + Tower of Terror – but in California).

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Faces of pure fear, LOL, this was right after we went to the peak and out of nowhere got pulled under. My favourite photo of the trip.

That’s the end of the Six Flags trip, we went home at 7:30pm, and went to dinner at Soowon Galbi Korean BBQ, it was amazing, $39.99 for two people and there was so much meat and SOOOOOO MANY DELICIOUS CONDIMENTS, it also came with a salad and rice and a soft drink too! I got greedy and ordered cold noodles (bad idea), we were stuffed by the end of the meal and had to roll home. I highly recommend this restaurant, but it’s super popular, so be prepared to wait at least 1 hour if you go during dinner. Super delicious though and great service.

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In a nutshell:

  • Go to Six Flags Magic Mountain Early
  • Your head will hurt on Six Flags rides, be prepared for headaches to come, go and then come again when you go on another ride
  • Go to Six Flags early, or don’t go during school holidays
  • Eat at Soowon Galbi Korean BBQ.

K.

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Day 35: Driving in LA, The Grove & Beverly Centre

Day 35: Driving in LA, The Grove & Beverly Centre

We woke up relatively late today (10:00am!!!), sat around in our rooms for a while before catching a bus to Hertz on Wilshire Boulevard. Yes, we caught a bus. The buses here seem to only go down one straight road, so if you want to go somewhere… not on that road, you have to catch another bus, each bus ride is $1.50, you can get a daily pass for $5, and other weekly and monthly passes too, but these had nothing to do with me so I did not look at the prices. We managed to make it to Hertz, thanks to Anna’s superb sense of direction, if it was up to me, we’d end up in San Diego again… we were meant to get the cheapest, smallest car possible for about $240 for 11 days, but they ran out of those cars and we ended up getting a super cute red Volkswagen Jetta! They just got it in March 2012 too, so it smelled brand new and I was a happy child, so was Anna! We ended up getting insurance for like $180 for the 11 days in case we ran into anyone; we are driving on the WRONG side of the road, after all.

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After we collected our car, we had to do a 3 point turn and get back onto Wilshire Boulevard to head to the Grove mall, the Grove is an outdoor mall that’s meant to be awesome, it’s actually straight down Beverly Boulevard. Anna signalled out of our parked spot on the street and we drove about 10m before having a panic attack and pulling over on the side of the road, driving on the right is NOT normal, the steering wheel is on the left and the signalling lights are on the left and the windscreen wiper is on the right, so Anna kept hitting the windscreen wipers when she was trying to signal, we were both scared. I seemed to be freaking out a lot more, which is silly, because Anna was the one driving. She was pretty fantastic though, she got used to the roads very quickly and we made it to the Grove alive. Happy days.  The fact that I am blogging about this = the rest of our drive was okay too. The Grove was okay, the toilets were pretty, they had Zara there, MAC, Crate & Barrel, and an assortment of other stores, they also had the Farmers Market next door which we decided to skip. It was pretty underwhelming to be very honest, so we decided to go to The Beverly Centre to pick up our GoLA passes. The GoLA pass is a pass that lets you go into unlimited attractions over a certain number of days, we bought the 5 day pass for $204, you can use it 5 non-consecutive days over a 14 day period, how cool is that? Its first use is going to be at Six Flags Magic Mountain!

The Beverly Centre is a short drive from The Grove, in fact, I think it’s just down 3rd St! We parked, and took a while before we found the actual stores, we browsed around but also failed again with buying anything…. WHY??? WHY DO YOU NOT HAVE THINGS FOR ME TO BUY? From memory, they had the following stores:

  • Macy’s
  • Bloomingdales
  • Samsonite
  • Godiva
  • Forever21
  • H&M
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Steve Madden
  • I just realised I can google this.

Going home with no shopping bags when you intended to shop your little heart out… is a huge disappointment. Especially when this is the last leg of the trip.

We had dinner at Xiomara on Melrose, $45 per person courtesy of DineLA Restaurant Week, I can’t even remember the cuisine… For the Entree, I had Pork Belly and Anna had some mushroom thing, for the main, I had Salmon and Anna had a Spaghetti Bolognese sort of thing, and we both had a cake soaked in coffee with a caramel ice-cream for dessert.

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 OH! We went to a Laundromat too!!! It’s like 2minutes away from our house and it costs like $3.50 to wash and dry your clothes yourself, but takes like 2 hours, we sat there and just watched our clothes get washed and washed it get tumble dried. Bleh. One experience is enough.

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That was pretty much all of our day, we didn’t do much. Tomorrow is Six Flags. I hope I don’t pass out on a ride from fear.

K.

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Day 34: Los Angeles

We decided to book seats to LA with the “Hostel to Hostel Hopper”, this is a shared van service that costs $40 USD and takes you from one hostel to another hostel! Initially we had planned on going to LA by train (Amtrak), this costs $35 pp, but we would need to cab it there and then cab it from Union Station to StayOn Beverly, so ultimately the shared van service was the most economic choice.

We stood outside the hostel for a while before a man in a big white car came out and asked if we were going LA, Anna had noticed the car and wondered if it could possibly be our ride, but decided that she didn’t know and to ignore her gut feeling (I’m making this up, she never told me why she never spoke up lol). Anyway, the car was very new, the interiors were clean, and were riding with another Aussie, he is from Brisbane and had just completed his Finance and Law degree and was going on some epic world trip, I think his next stop was Mexico or something. The ride was fun and didn’t feel nearly as long as it actually took (approx 3 hours), the driver (Ernest? No? Oh god, Anna what’s his name?) was super nice and genuinely seemed like he liked talking to people, he gave us a couple of recommendations of where to go, how to drive… and we tipped him $10. Each. I felt like a baller, tipping 25%, I never tip 25%. Also, I hate tipping here, take me back to Australia please, tipping, be gone!

We arrived at our hostel a little after 4pm, which was fantastic as check in was at 4pm, the hostel is super cool as we don’t have keys, there are secure pin number entrances, we met the owner and he was super nice. I highly recommend staying at StayOn Beverly, it’s located in Koreatown and there’s lots of Korean food around to eat. The rooms are decently sized, it’s about $45-50USD per night per room (+ tax), and this is during July, so it’s a BARGAIN. It’s a private room too, I wouldn’t really consider it a hostel, more like a really clean rental room, haha the rooms have a nice neutral sort of theme, pale walls, a 32 inch flat screen tv, a secure safe, a study desk, a double bed… it might have been a queen, I wouldn’t know, I sleep in a single bed… what else? A fridge inside the room, microwave outside, 3 super clean and spacious bathrooms… seriously, you’re not going to find a better priced room in LA, it’s amazing, I can’t recommend it enough.

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StayOn Beverly, super clean rooms

Anyway, we aren’t renting a car until tomorrow; I think we’re pretty satisfied with staying in our rooms and doing nothing tonight. Oh oh, we went to HK supermarket, a Korean supermarket down Western Avenue, it closes at 12am and houses all sorts of delicious food, we ate dinner at a place called Western Doma Noodles – Anna had spicy cold Korean noodles and I had chicken noodles (hand made noodles with a delicious chicken broth)… yum yum.

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Feels like KOREAAAA

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We are going to go pick up our car tomorrow and do some shopping! Six Flags Magic Mountain is planned for Wednesday, I figured we may as well get the scary scary part of the trip over with so that I don’t have to live in fear for the next 10 days.

Signing out.

K.

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