First of all… Gracie’s backpack is still lost… We were all being really patient and hopeful, now we are feeling cranky and doubtful as to its return. Gracie has two outfits the poor little petal has been wearing. She is very sad her bag of beloved things is still missing 😦
Today we put on our backpacks and caught the 704 bus from Hollywood to Santa Monica. It cost us $1.50 each for the half hour bus ride. The HI Hostel maxed out our budget at $185 for one night at the backpackers. Holy sheet alright. The lady on the bus told me California is ‘very expensive’. Of course it is peak season, the sun is shining and its school holidays.
We dropped our (3) bags off at the backpackers and set off on foot towards the famous Santa Monica Pier and muscle beach. There was so much action. Music, kids, the fair, buskers, yummy food cooking and all the noise of people having fun at the beach. Then there are the bikes. We hired bikes for the afternoon costing us $60. We ate a couple of American Hot Dogs off the roadside vans. We rode for a couple of hours and all got thoroughly burnt! I know…I know… talk about stupid. We stopped half way and brought a little tube of suncream after I realised my arms were stinging.