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Marisol Experience-Santa Monica-Los Angeles

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When we arrived to Santa Monica, we were very hungry as I said in my previous post. We took a quick look around the restaurants in the area and our eyes picked a very far one located at the end of the pier. The location looked very tempting and we actually needed such place. I remembered reading about this restaurant but I didn’t check their menu online so can you imagine our faces when we saw the menu :P ?

When we were seated, they gave us the menu and it was all Mexican food, even the ingredients were Mexican words written in English so it was very difficult for us to comprehend the dish. It’s not your regular Mexican restaurant that you can find here in Kuwait. This was Mexican for real.

The waitress was extremely helpful and she managed to explain everything in detail. We managed to choose 2 main dishes. They brought us complementary nachos with salsa which was amazing. Then our orders arrived. We were worried that the dishes won’t be enough for us but it turned out to be more than enough. Everything looked just perfect, the taste was really good but it was very heavy, we couldn’t move afterwards :D But it was a good experience.

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Santa Monica Pier-Los Angeles

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It is a place I’ve always seen on TV but I’ve never ever dreamt of seeing it alive and actually visit it. Santa Monica Pier, the popular place that you have seen in many movies was in front of my eyes :D

After we finished from touring Hollywood, we headed Ice Cream Lab (previous post). Then we continued to Santa Monica Pier. The place was crowded because it’s summer obviously. We reached the place very hungry, so searched for a place to eat (post coming) and then we started exploring the area.

It wasn’t THAT huge, but it was decent. It had many restaurants and cafes, small food kiosk and some games to play. Not to mention the sea itself but it was rough, and the weather was very windy and kinda cold (to me). But it seemed that it wasn’t a problem to the people swimming in the sea.

We enjoyed walking on the sand which was cool and soft. Watching children play, teenagers playing volleyball on the beach, lovers talking etc. The place was very relaxing and soothing to the mind and soul. Get your book and beach rug and enjoy the sunset there.

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Ice Cream Lab-Beverly Hills

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One of the various places that I really wanted to visit and try was Ice cream Lab. It’s located in Beverly Hills on Santa Monica Blvd. It wasn’t that difficult to find, just write the name in the GPS and it will lead you straight to it. When we got there, it was around 3pm so it wasn’t that crowded, I managed to get my order just in 5 minutes :D

What is Ice Cream Lab? They utilise liquid nitrogen to instantly freeze different natural ingredients into ice cream. The preparation of this kind of ice cream makes it more delicious that the regular one. Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt are all made of Kosher ingredients.

My choice was Blue Velvet which was mixed with cream cheese frosting and it turned out to be really DELICIOUS. I loved it, loved the experience and the whole place. I would have visited the place again but it was very far from our place and not to mention the awful traffic of LA.

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Book Review-The Maze Runner

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Okay, so now I’m back to reading, finally. I stopped reading for so many reasons; work became really hectic at the end of the year, then Ramadan came then I travelled then I came back home, and now I’m reading :) so here’s my review of this book.

If you liked The Hunger Games, then you may like this book and you may not. I’m having mixed feelings about it. I think the writer tried so hard to make it as good as the Hunger Games but somehow failed in few points. Like trying to make a unique language for the characters, nicknames and so. I kinda felt it was poor. The story though is intriguing with all the experiments, diseases and WICKEDness. It has a plot but it starts weak then it gets stronger.

While I was reading the book, I said to myself “I won’t read the other books,I’ll just watch the movies”, but after reading the last page I changed my mind and I’m hoping Book 2 will be much better. I hope the characters will develop and be stronger.

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Celebrities’ Houses-Los Angeles

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One of the tours that we had in Hollywood, actually it was the only tour we had :P It was all about Hollywood famous buildings, places and celebrity houses. Some of the places we visited were very tidy and creepy others were amazing, especially Beverly Hills. This area was so beautiful, clean and filled with clean breeze.

The houses we passed by were very huge and it seemed that no one was living in them but anyways we saw them :P The celebrity houses we saw belonged to: Adam Sandler, Ellen Degeneres, Sylvester Stallone, Ben Affleck, Lindsay Lohan, Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber and many more. We saw the house of Michael Jackson where he died and we also saw the PlayBoy Mansion and the famous rock hehe :P

We also passed by Rodeo Drive but it was too crowded for my taste. I hate it when it’s THAT crowd but it was really beautiful.

Here are some of the houses we passed by, take a look :)

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Hollywood-Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is known to be a very busy and crowded city. We decided to stay in Anaheim and drop the lovely city a visit later on. When we did, we decided to hit Hollywood and explore the place. Walk of Fame, Dolby Theatre, TLC and so on. I was surprised from I’ve seen.

It took us 1:30hrs to reach West Hollywood from our hotel in Anaheim. The road was really jammed, but we managed to get there. We found a parking space $10 per day which is considered good. Started walking on our feet on the Walk of Fame and reached Dolby Theatre in 20 minutes. The place was crowded, full of tourists from everywhere but honestly, I didn’t like the whole area at all. It was dirty, totally ignored, full of dirty people and you can feel that those who work in the area are envious of the tourists money and also the celebrities’. You keep hearing “you have a lot of money”, “they have big houses”, “nobody lives in these big houses” and so on.

The place was a total disappointment. I thought it’s going to be WOW. We’ve always seen this place on TV and it looked really beautiful but in reality, it sucks.

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California Adventure-Anaheim

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No one can be THAT old for Disney Land. Even Juju wasn’t with us in this trip, we couldn’t help ourselves but check California Adventure. We visited DisneyLand in Hong Kong last year and it was really cool and small. So in this trip, we were kinda confused, which park to visit, it wasn’t worth visiting both of them, so we decided to hit the California Adventure. We got the tickets from our hotel. Yes, we were staying in Anaheim, and our hotel was 5 minutes away by car from the park.

We took the bus because we didn’t want to waste our time searching for a park space. Reached the park around 10 pm and we entered immediately, even though it was holly crowded but the people there were very fast and efficient. Once we were inside the park, we searched for a place to have breakfast in because we were very hungry and we found a very delicious one :)

The place looked different, not your kind of Disney Land. I believe it was all about movie experiences. Like Cars, Little Mermaid and so. There weren’t any Disney Princesses or fairies except for Sofia The First which belongs to Disney Junior. The park was kinda small, we didn’t expect it to be like that but well we can’t say we didn’t have fun going around checking the shops, games, cafes and restaurants.

We only played 2 games which were for kids lol but every game was crowded with people, it takes forever to play an exciting game. So we decided to just relax and enjoy the park. It was hot in the morning but then the weather cold down and the breeze became really refreshing.

My goal was to get Juju Sofia’s costume, because she’s in love with her, so when I went to the shops I was surprised that they didn’t have Sofia’s costume, I asked around and they told me that I can find it in a Kiosk in Hollywood block. I went there looking for that Kiosk and there it was, everything related to Disney Junior.

Around 2pm, we went back to the hotel, took a shower, relaxed for a bit, changed our clothes and then went to have lunch at In-N-Out. After that we went back to the park but this time driving our car and we found a parking lot which was kinda far but we didn’t mind the walking. We stayed there until the final show which was amazing. Loved everything about it. It was just marvellous.

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In-N-Out Experience-Los Angeles


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One of the many restaurants that I wanted to try in the US was In-N-Out. I’ve read many reviews about it from fellow Kuwaiti bloggers and other people saying it’s the best burger in USA. I have to admit, it is. I mean I didn’t think it will be THAT good.

You’d be very lucky if you find a branch that is not crowded. Every time we want to eat at it, the waiting line is really overwhelming, you have to wait for almost an hr to place your order. People really love it and after trying their burgers, I see why they don’t mind standing in line for a long time.

I did some digging on google about the place and what to order from it. What we ordered was not entirely on the menu. We got 2 double burger with pickles and grilled onions, 2 animal-style fries and 2 cokes. The animal style fries was SUPERB. It’s not on the menu at all but ti’s there, so when you go there, order it and live in heaven because it’s totally DELICIOUSSSSSS. The burger was very juicy, tender and yummy, we loved the sauce, the bun and everything about it. We had the opportunity to eat lunch there 3 times. We tried to find far branches away from the city and not that crowded.

In-N-Out is my first burger place in the US.

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Irvine Spectrum-Los Angeles

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Irvine Spectrum was one of the places that we enjoyed visiting in California. It’s near long beach, not that far. So when you’re done with Queen Mary & Fox-trot Submarine, you can head to Irvine to spend the night there and enjoy your time.

One thing I didn’t like about the place was the people residing there, they were all of the Arabian Gulf. I swear it was as if I was visiting Dubai or Kuwait. Full Khalijis, which I kinda avoid when I go on vacation. I like to see new people, new faces, hear a new language, be introduced to other cultures.

So avoid this place in summer if you don’t want to meet your neighbour but visit it if you’re going in a different season. The place is really amazing, the decoration, the shops, restaurants, cafes and it also has a cinema. Full entertainment! I loved it.

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Shoreline Village-Long Beach

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After finishing exploring Queen Mary and the Fox-trot Submarine, we headed to village near us called Shoreline Village. It’s a very beautiful and amazing village. Very crowded, full of cafes and restaurants. Also it has an Aquarium but we didn’t visit it. The place is not that big and not that small but you can do a lot of walking.

You’d see people laying on the grass or on chairs just gazing up wondering in the sky. Children playing having fun running around with their scooters. Friends or couples enjoying a meal in one of the restaurants or just walking enjoying the weather.

I’d recommend visiting the place after 4pm. When the sun goes down, the weather cools more and it gets more and more beautiful. I really loved this place. Full of romance <3

We had lunch in an Italian restaurant which I forgot its name but I believe it’s the only one in the village if I’m not mistaken and the food turned out to be WOW :)

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Fox-trot Russian Submarine-Long Beach

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Just before you get on Queen Mary, there’s a Russian Submarine sitting on water outside. After you finish getting your tickets, you go through the shop to scan your tickets and then you head to the submarine.

You actually walk on it tip the end and then you enter it. I thought getting inside it would be fun but omg I was totally wrong :S Getting inside it wasn’t easy, the stairs were to tight and inside it was very small. Moving from section to section was annoying and suffocation :S I don’t know how they used to live in it for months and under the water :S

After moving to the first section, I started suffocation, I just wanted to move faster but my husband was blocking the way and he wanted to take as many pictures as he could. I wanted to skip him but we had huge back bags and the place was really small, it can only hold one fit person. I saw the places they used to sleep in, eat in and work in and my suffocation got worse :S

Then i told my husband to make it quick because I felt that I was about to faint. Some people couldn’t handle it from the first section so they went back. Trust me, if you can’t handle closed places then don’t go inside it but if you’re interested in these things, then go ahead and explore it :)

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Queen Mary-Long Beach

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One of the things that I really wanted to visit was The Queen Mary. The ship had so many stories about it and I was interested in seeing it in person. Once we got there, it looked very huge, way too huge. As we were ants next to it lol :P

We went straight to the tickets book and got the First Passport ticket, it basically includes everything, a tour around the ship which was around 1hr, WW11 tour which we didn’t attend because we didn’t have time, and exploring the whole thing by ourselves.

The tour started around 11:40am. Our tour guide explained to us that he’ll be taking us to the haunted places inside the ship. He gave us a little background about the ship, when it was founded, where it went, what happened to it then and how it ended up in Long Beach (If you wanna know google it).

He also mentioned that when the ship became a hotel, people started experiencing paranormal activities, either ghosts or their own imagination. But many experienced the same thing happening to them in the same room, like the cover being pulled from them when they were sleeping. The places that we went to in the ship are now closed because of the complains they’re receiving from the people staying on the ship.

I honestly wouldn’t wanna stay there because it was kinda scary and I creepy.

We went to the pool where the first class passengers used to swim but now it’s closed and guess what? A 9 year old girl called Jackie died in that pool and it’s believed that every little girl named Jackie goes on the ship, dies on the ship.

So many creepy and dark places we went to inside the ship, I honestly dunno how people are staying on it, not cool at all. And by the way, when you want to check- in in any normal hotel, the front desk employee would ask you “smoking or non-smoking” right? Well, guess what they ask you on this ship? HAUNTED OR NOT HAUNTED. :P

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