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Los Angeles: Studio works for Diamonds Are Forever

By: Marcus Nohlberg
Published:
2006-10-25
Los Angeles, the tinsel town, is a weird place. Not really beautiful (it is actually chiefly ugly), kind of without a city centre (the financial district is where the skyscrapers are, but it is also abandoned during nights, and feels like an unsafe place during days, really a rough neighbourhood just a couple of 100 meters from the skyscrapers).

The city it is huge, really HUGE. In fact, it is somewhere around 130 kilometres across. With no good public transportation system, and a simply horrible traffic, it is hard to get around. You really only have time to see one place or attraction each day. So I aimed for the classics.

Los Angeles Diamantfeber
I went to Disneyland (big disappointment, if your greatest kicks don’t come from standing in line, or paying premium for water (3.5 USD for a small bottle). Also, a lot smaller than I had imagined. Universal Studios however are simply great! Best theme park I’ve ever been to, by far. Reasonably priced, not all that long lines, attractions that actually last for some time, and it is possible to see pretty much everything in a single day. And, it was also fun to go there with my Korean & Japanese friends. The tour of the sets is really cool, especially since they are live sets. Didn’t see any celebrities, though.

Los Angeles Diamantfeber
Later that evening I was at a pre-pilot taping of the upcoming sitcom, Four Kings, this was a great experience. And I got to see Seth Green! The diet coke of evil.

Los Angeles Diamantfeber
Los Angeles Diamantfeber
Beverly Hills is also a great place. Lifestyles of the rich and famous are… exciting. Perhaps most impressive where Aaron Spelling’s mansion, with 200 rooms and worth a couple of hundred million dollars. I also got yelled at by Brad Pitt’s security guards, which is as much of a paparazzi life that I want to experience. Rodeo Drive is the natural extension of Beverly Hills, with some of the worlds greatest fashion stores. The people working there can’t really afford to treat people on the basis of looks alone, so they do, in contrast to the Pretty Woman myth, actually treat people nice.

Hollywood is an interesting neighbourhood that is actually not glamorous at all, not anymore. It is filled with tourist attractions, but kind of rough. The stars are nice to have seen, and the Chinese Theatre was a great place to see a movie (Sahara), but all in all, not the nicest neighbourhood.

Los Angeles were also great, but everything took a long time to get to, and it was not really a place were I would like to live. Not at all like San Francisco.

Written by Marcus Nohlberg. Copyright © 2005 From Sweden with Love.

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