After a long 12 hour flight from Auckland to LA, I dumped my stuff at my hotel in Santa Monica (the Hotel California - for the record, I have checked out and as far as I can tell I have left as well!)
I wandered around the shops/promenade areas and the beaches of Santa Monica, including Muscle Beach where apparently lots of posers hang around working out and showing off their pecks....but I didn't really see much action!
After a meal of crabcakes in a restaurant on the pier, I returned to my hotel was lucky enough to find a TV channel showing my favourite TV programme 'Sex and the City'.
Next day I did an organised LA tour. We went to Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Universal Studios and Mulholland Drive. I really enjoyed it.
I then caught a shuttle back to LAX to endure another 10 hour flight back to London. Then it was back to work the next day....