I had organised the blue Super Shuttle to pick me up from my hotel in Beverly Hills and drive me to the airport for my flight at 13:25 to Portland, OR. I got picked up at 10:15 and we only had one couple to pick up en route. Waiting at the LA airport is not fun at all. There's no good food places, just the regular unhealthy, fat-ladded, rubbish that is everywhere nowadays. Why don't we have more choices than 4 similar "restaurants"? So I thought I would wander around the airport for awhile as I like to do that, but there wasn't much of an area to wander around in. So I ended up giving a few friends in the US a call, chatted to a lovely family from Eugene and uploaded and edited my photos from LA.
My flight left at 13:25 and I arrived in Portland, Oregon at 15:40 and the weather was beautiful! My shuttle bus driver had said that it was raining in Portland on the trip to the airport and I was very impressed that the weather had cleared for me! My good friend, Imber and her husband Mark picked me up and we headed to Blossoming Lotus for a late lunch/early dinner.
MONDAY: Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, 30 Days and Real Food Daily
To begin my US adventures, Adele and I had a sleep over the night before and she took me to the airport the next day. Cam met us there to say goodbye. My flight left at 11:00 on Monday 21st June. The 13 hour flight wasn't that bad. The plane was completely full and I will be sending a recommendation email to the airport I flew with as they don't seem to know the difference between a vegan and a vegetarian - why is this so hard?! I had a pasta meal, roll and cooked vegetables (right next to scrambled EGGS!) as my three meals on the way to LA. Not as good as Qantas vegan meals...
I arrived at LAX airport at 7:00 Monday 21st June so I had another Monday but will be losing two days when I return to Brisbane. The airport wasn't as big or as busy as I had heard it would be, customs etc wasn't a problem either, there was just a lot of waiting around. I was pretty exhausted as I'd slept a bit on the flight but not too much. I had watched a movie called A Single Man with Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, actors I love and had flicked through a few programmes on the flight as well as listening to my own tunes on shuffle - love the shuffle button - is there anything better?! The weather in LA was not as summery as I had hoped, it was overcast, windy and I was still wearing my scarf and jumper.
I'm heading to the US at the end of June for about 5 weeks for some Animal Rights conferences. I am hoping to get some media and promotion for vivalavegan.net when I'm there as well aiming to interview a heap of US vegans. I am looking forward to meeting in person my MySpace and FaceBook friends whom I've known online for years! Please see below for my press release: