I went to visit my relatives who came to live in the U.S., California, a long time ago. My trip started from a small country named Moldova. Such a chance is not given to everyone. I’m pleased to the One who contributed to this change in my life, because I’ve got to see the beauty of American life.
I took off from the airport of Moldova, arriving in Istanbul and from there got on a flight directly to Los Angeles! From here begins my Californian adventure.
The houses and streets leading from LAX to the house were a sight that not too much fascinated me, a terrible gray and tiny houses, while my expectations were skyscrapers and green parks filled with happy people walking with their dogs.
The difference between the time zone of my country and the time zone here is great, 10 hours. I didn’t know how everything will be and especially the process of habituation with the time and climate from here. After a few days I went to the supermarkets and shopping malls here and had a ride among the places were you can eat fast food, american people calling them simply: restaurants. When I was entering in a supermarket I realized that I’ve never seen so many kinds of drinks and dishes in my life. I didn’t get to watch every kind of sauce, drinks and the variety of snacks that I was already in a restaurant. Yes – it’s fast food, yes – it’s cheap and tasty, yes – it’s not healthy, but I’m amazed that you can go when you want and fill your greedy stomach with a glass of soda or water. In Moldova, until you don’t pay more than $ 1 and 3 cents (16 MDL) you can not drink water, while here you can drink it free of charge; oh, what joy for a tourist like me :D.
In terms of appearance, of course, there is a huge difference if I start describing people from here. The taste in clothing at some of them is lacking, but still I stay at the opinion that clothes for them don’t really have a great value. Americans are truly spiritual, we have met many believers, real people and they treated us so that we could feel to the equality. Sure, I do not contradict the fact that here are also bandits and often happens many unpleasant cases, bad people are everywhere, especially in such a big country , full of tourists and people of different nationalities.
But ethical behavior they know, they always smile ans have a good mood, they say “Hi” and ” Goodbye” every time they meet a friend or just a person they’ve got acquainted recently and ask ” How are you?”. I have heard that others do not like their behavior saying that their smile is fake. Well, some of them haven’t even tried to smile to strangers when they’re in a good or bad mood. These “others” aren’t taught to apologize, even if they block someone’s way or to thank someone for giving you the rest and the receipt at the shop. No wonder that Moldovan culture is left behind, like … almost everything.
I like to be surrounded by good people, friendly, funny and faithful. Such people I met here. I’ve got acquainted with many people who smiled to me, said ‘Welcome’ and covered me with compliments, thanks to them!
As I came here to be at my cousin’s wedding, Radu, not only I was so happy to be present at this event, but also the relatives of his wife, Tatiana, who came for a few days to guest. It was nice to meet them, we’ve spent a really great time together. We went to Disney Land, I liked those carousels so much, so that I felt sick after that : D. Just like this! The first time I went up into that type of ‘machine’ , it dazed me for real.
But I saw what I dreamed to see when I was a kid, a real story. Toys, costumes, masks, candies and people who go with the Mickey’s ears. Anyway I liked it! The company, the joy, the story around and of course Pluto, with whom I have a picture.
The next day, all of us (we where about 8 people), went in a rush to see Hollywood.
Along the way, we turn on the free way. Oh, I love free way, especially how the streets are here in America, 2 times wider than in Moldova. It’s a little messed up and yet if there is not traffic, you can fly with the car on the road. In the evening there is a real light show.
When we came to Los Angeles, I started to photograph the town with the head coming out from the hatch, the wind was blowing in my face and my hair flying, there were many cars around, no one noticed me, good for me.
It was really crowded in Hollywood, on a city street. Trampled by the pedestrians were the stars with the names of the most famous people . As you can see, here I’m acting like Chuck Norris.
Some people were giving fly sheets with ads of excursion through the city. Eventually we arrived at a place with firm stores. While we were walking we wondered of people dressed in costumes of famous characters (sometimes quite kinky) and walking down the street waiting for a fan of theirs to approach them to pay $ 2 and make a picture with them I enter in this category :D . Darth Vader! Star Wars is the best!.
So, done with Hollywood, we all went to the car, because the next stop is Beverly Hills! I took a few pictures of the sign coming into town and we went further to see a street filled with increasingly expensive shops and beautiful cars, so unavailable to mere mortals like us. Gucci, Versace, Dolce Gabbana, Fendi , all of them extremely expensive. Besides all these surprises, I found the fastest car in the world when we were walking on Rodeo Street, so beautiful, it was a big row to get a picture with it.
That’s it for the beginning. Keep waiting for new photos and info !
Lily H ! <3