I had written notes in my notebook, it had my favourite kind of pen stuck in it, and I must have left I on a plane or in an airport. Dammit.
It was not overly full, I had grabbed a new one for my trip, so it was maybe only 4 pages of writing, my thoughts on LA, and a few days in Chicago recorded in there. The sketchings of some explanations of the Just Be Nice Project that I doubt will make much sense to anyone who bothers to flick through the first couple of pages once they pick it up.
It’s strange, but I rarely lose things, apart from hoodies, which seem to go walkabout all the time, I have a wonderful lifetime track record for keeping things and knowing where they are. In the interests of not losing the precious memories contained within, I thought I might write the first travel blog!
My first time in the US has been great so far, I have collapsed in a heap and slept for longer stretches than I have in ages (I know I’m overseas, but I’m also on holidays!) I have met some fantastic people, and seen some amazing sites.
It all started by being on the inaugural flight from Melbourne - LA direct on Virgin Australia. My favourite airline, and a hassle free 14 hour flight directly to the City of Angels! There were cupcakes and news cameras to celebrate the launch of the service, so the trip started off with an unusual amount of fanfare!
I landed in LA to basically be greeted by a friend of a friend (Michele), who was a complete stranger, but gave up her day to show me around and just be an amazingly gracious and wonderful host. It resulted in drinks on a late night on a rooftop bar in the middle of the city, MacDonalds before dropping me home so I could get up early and take on the next days travel on not much sleep! But it was totally worth it. Lunch in Korea Town (Where I was staying), a laugh at Toe Bang… Whatever that is, and a trip up into the LA Hills resulting in me not having the terrible first impression of LA that I thought I would. Turns out Michele has worked on the College Humour videos which bring a lot of happiness to the office at regular intervals, and I thought that was a cool little bonus/small world thing! If you haven't seen them, check them out HERE!
The air in LA is terrible, the whole place looks like you are looking through a smoke screen of some description which gives it this weird hazy vibe all over the city, and doesn't really look clear... But the people were friendly and smiled and said hello most places I wandered around in West Hollywood/Sunset boulevard. It went by very quickly, but I will return before heading home! Managed a couple of snaps before booting off in the morning once more to the mighty midwest....
Off to Chi-Town....
Josh Reid Jones - Founder of The Just Be Nice Project and Odin Sports