Friday, June 11, 2010
Los Angeles, California
Before starting this new part of the travel around the world, i was thinking that after such a long time, people should find out also my view of the journey, especialy when me and Jan, many times have different points of view on the same matters or we perceive much more different each event or situation. So i decided to start this blog and update it us often as possible.
I have to admit that this part of the journey was making me very nervous. I was affraid we wont get the american visa, then i was affraid that we arrive here and they will not let us get in the country...i had all this crazy negative thoughts and they all made me very stressed. Traveling is not easy and it requires many sacrifices....like clean clothes, daily showers, on time food, a constant bed in case you need it. Anyway beside all the disatvantages that may appear the delightfullness of traveling is uncomparable. You get to know people, you get to see so many amazing things...its a crazy day after another.
Yesterday 10 of june we woke up early ...me at 3.45 am, Jan at 4.45 am....and at 5 am we left to the airport of Barcelona (a very rainy morning)where our flight to Dusseldorf was taking off at 8.45am. I was all the time incredibly stressed.I was leaving home again...my new home catalunya, where i was starting to make friends and i have a new family, i was leaving Europe, i was leaving the new routine and safeness to which i was getting acostumed....This is exactly how my thoughts were flying through my head...i couldnt even perceive the true nature of my experience because i was completly overwhelmed by the anxiety of my brain. Anyway we managed to get into our flight with no problems. Airberlin proves to be a good company. We get on time to Dusseldorf and we look for the terminal to embark our next flight to LAX in Los Angeles. It was very very easy to do all this but the stess was so big that i was feeling completly exhausted when i got in the plane. Our plane was one of the big ones . We were 288 passengers and in total with the crew arroud 304. We got very good seats and i took my first sleeping pill because i knew that if i dont do it i will be a zombie when we get to America.And i did good because i managed to sleep and relax. A few hours later i took the other pill so i managed to disconnect a bit from all the crazyness of the moment. Our trip is not an easy one. It is not a vacation of 2 weeks....you have to realize that it will be 2 years that you are not in one place and that every day will be completly different. Anyway finally after 12hours of flight we arrived in AMERICA. My very negative expectations about the immigration procedures were destroyed by the fast and easy service that was provided. We got to the gate of immigration, we waited in line, the officer took our passports, checked the visa, asked how long we want to stay , then he said he gives us 6 months with possibility to come back and stay more time...which was just great and there we are ...AMERICA....the country of all possibilities. As soon as we go out of the airport we find the bus that we have to take , with a very friendly driver. About an hour and a half later we arrive to Van Nuys the station where our friend Sebastian from CS came to pick us up and took us to his home. Sebastian is very friendly. He is originally from Argentina, but his parents came to live here 20 years ago. We already met his son and brother and parents and some other members of the familly. We feel very wellcomed and confortable. There is a big difference from Europe. The roads are very big, the cars or at least many of them are different, the houses...the cities are also huge in space because most of them are made of unifamiliar houses.It is an experience. I went to bed very early to recover from the tiredness that i accumulated and got up early today ...i dont feel the jetlag...We went walking in the mornig and buyed a phone, a number, a bit of food...ad just came back to spend another day in the house of Sebastian getting to now him and his family:).Also today we will see a van and decide if we like it or not:)A car is very necessary here...Just goig on foot you dont get anywhere...the distances are too big:)
Expences made since we arrived:12$ the bus to Van Nuys. 52$ telefone and number with credit. 20$ some food, wine and a locker.