Los Angeles, cheerleaders in progress, YouTube Space LA, skinny meals and sunset beach

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Los Angeles

If you want to see a different area of Los Angeles, go to the Westside of LA, called Playa Vista. The LMU (Loyola Marymount University) is worth a visit because you have a great view of LA on top of the hill. Meanwhile catch a glimpse of the rehearsals of cheerleader teams during the weekend. We tried the cheerleader exercises ourselves but didn't succeed one split second of it!

When you pass the LMU and go to the Bluff Creek Drive you will find the great office of YouTube Space LA. Located just minutes away from Los Angeles International Airport, YouTube’s creative space is a 41,000 square foot renovated hanger once owned by Hughes Aircraft. The YouTube space is a dedicated building for creative people to follow through on their ideas and produce great content. The idea behind the space is to promote three of YouTube’s principles: learn, share and create. The space functions as a learning center and studio. You need a visitor pass to visit this creative space. Those with at least 10,000 subscribers can access the state-of-the-art production resources to create their next great video. Unfortunately we don't have so many subscribers on our YouTube channel and we had no visitor pass. But we would also love to have 10,000 subscribers. So we would appreciate it if you hit the subscribe button on our YouTube channel. We sneaked in with some guys who worked on a pilot for Netflix at that moment. We had an impression of the building and what was going on on stage. We didn't feel at ease because we weren't supposed to be in the building but after all we were able to get an impression of the space and activities and we loved being able to wander around.

Afterwards we had lunch at the Cheesecake Factory at Marina del Rey. A great spot near the harbor. They also offer delicious skinnylicious meals. Of course the cheesecake is not included in that specific skinny program ;-)! Try the traditional cheesecake with the strawberries as a dessert. It is worth the carbs ;-)! Via Abbot Kinney we went to Santa Monica Beach and enjoyed our prosecco which was at perfect temperature because we made our own selfmade fridge for the small bottles with ice and plastic glasses during the day. We felt so happy after a great day with new experiences and new discoveries. LA has so much to offer. Sunset was great on the beach and the best way to finish another day in paradise LA!


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Taipei versus Los Angeles

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Taipei versus Los Angeles


Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is located at the heart of Taipei City. I woke up late, but caught the last few moments of closing of the gates and retiring the national flag for the day. The guards ceremony is precision at it's best! The area is large but a wonderful place to stroll. I would suggest a twilight visit to capture day and night when the memorial building becomes illuminated. Here I met my new Taiwanese friend named Annie and had some drinks, food and laughs! A good way to practise her English, and mine! 

After this great visit I went to Shilin Night Market and bought sneakers and a furry keychain (It's a fashion thing, don't ask). There are a lot of night markets in Taipei. Most are open nightly and offer a variety of snacks, clothing and fun accessories.

The next day I visited the Taipei Fine Arts Museum within walking distance of the crew hotel and located in Taipei Expo Park. It's the most popular art exhibition hall, hosting a wide variety of international and Taiwanese art. I found the paintings a little bit bizarre, compared to the other parts of the exhibition. Overall I had fun and you can easily spend half a day here!


This time in Los Angeles I decided to go to the Venice Art & Collectables Flea Market on the parking of the Venice High School on Venice Boulevard. This outdoor flea market provides vintage jewelry, clothing & wares on the 2nd Saturday of every month. There's free parking and it is very easy to park your car in the vicinity of the market. I bought an amazingly nice, old chewing gum machine this time. What a gem!

After the market I went to Venice Beach and had a glimpse of Muscle Beach, but due to the June Gloom there was not much to see. June Gloom is a southern Californian term for a weather pattern that results in cloudy, overcast skies with cool temperatures during the late spring and early summer. It is most common in the month of June.

I visited a small vintage clothing market on my way to the beach. This market had a clothing truck instead of a food truck, very funny. I parked in a parking lot with an extraordinarly overrated price of fifteen dollars near Venice Beach. No matter if you stay for half a hour or the whole day you have to pay this amount. Totally different prices at Manhattan Beach. I spent a couple of hours on Venice but it is not my cup of tea. Manhattan Beach is my thing, so later on I finally went to my favorite Manhattan spot and was happy to be back home. Enjoying beach life and sunset...feeling home abroad.

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