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Arrival in Huntington Beach

USA | Monday, 18 March 2013 | Views [343] | Comments [1]

Or I have got myself a chevy but I can't find a levy.

This is the first trip to the USA for both Mar.y and I

 We had ordered a Toyata Corrola but ended up with a Cheverolet Cruze. I was quite worried about this but was reassured by  the lady on the desk, who wangled a few extra dollars out of for something I am sure we did not need, that it was not a monster. The thought of driving an american car on the wrong side of the road with the steering wheel on the wrong side was quite intimidating. We have seen pictures of multi-lane freeways with masses of cars travelling at speed. Well they are just like we see on the movies and there are lots of them. It is a good idea to know where you are going because the signage is not designed for the traveller who ha no idea where they are going. I was hoping my smartphone would navigate me there but I could not get an internet connection. Eventually after a few asks a lass managed to point the way.

The whole point of coming to LA was to see Mary's cousin Cathy and her husband Bob. We were also hoping to see Mary's aunt also called Mary. Well we have been made most welcome. Mary had not seen Cathy and aunty Mary for about 35 years so there was a little apprehension beforehand. However our fears were soon proven to be groundless.

 We were made most welcome and soon a good raport was established. Aunty Mary, who is 91 came over and memories were swapped in a very relaxed way. It was helped by sampling a few local beers and also a very nice Smethwicks from Ireland. It tasted a lot better than the stuff you get in the emerald isle. While on the subject we managed to celebrate St Patricks day in NZ and in Orange County due to crossing the International Date Line. Bob and I shared what turned out to be a cloudy beer and I tried to introduce the concept of "bottle conditioned". It made little sense to him particularly when the beer in question was supposed to be cloudy.

 I'll put up some pictures tomorrow.






enjoying the photos and the commentary. You're both looking good, wild toileting obviously agrees with you! Feeling envious of your summer weather, it is still winter here! Looking forward to hearing the rest.

  Alison Mar 23, 2013 7:50 AM

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