Vacation 2.0: Southern California Edition - Day 1

Day 1: September 14, 2014

After an 18 hour flight with a brief stop in Paris, N and I landed in Los Angeles around 4:30pm. By the time we made it out of the airport, it was close to 6pm.
After picking up our luggage, we went outside to look for the SuperShuttle that we have booked in advance to take us to our hotel.

We were staying at the Hilton Universal City hotel at Universal Studios. The location of the hotel was perfect; it was a short walk to the entrance of Universal Studios and less than 10 minutes walking to Universal City metro station. The hotel was also perfect; the room was big, beautiful and overlooking Universal Studios and San Fernando Valley, it had two comfortable double beds, a spacious bathroom, big closets with lots of storage space. The wifi was complementary all over the hotel and in our room, and there was a pool & jacuzzi outside, in addition to the 24 hour fitness center.

After checking into the hotel, we spent less than 30 minutes in the room before we decided to go out. The first thing we did was go to the metro station (which was located a short walking distance down a steep slope from the hotel) to get the TAP cards. The TAP card is the card that allows you to ride the metro. There are several machines at the station where you can buy it from. N and I each bought a card, and what's nice about the cards is that you fill them with a certain amount of money from which the metro fare is deducted, and if the amount runs out, they can be refilled.

The next stop was the City Walk at Universal Studios. We were both tired and jet lagged after the long flight. Lucky for us, instead of walking back up the steep slope, we took the Universal Studios shuttle that runs all day up and down the slope to Universal Studios.

City Walk is a beautiful place. It's sort of an outdoor mall with shops, movie theaters and restaurants all over. You have so many choices of restaurants with different cuisines, famous brand name stores such as Fossil and Abercrombie & Fitch, and stores that sell souvenirs.

We were both getting tired and it was not even 9pm, and I was starving. I took a quick bite from Wetzel's Pretzels and we were on our way out of City Walk when we spotted another shuttle that takes both Hilton and Sheraton guests back to their hotels. This shuttle runs every 15 minutes, between the hotels and Universal Studios.

We went to bed early that night, as we were supposed to wake up at 6am the next day to start our first official vacation day in California.


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