Today is my last day in Santa Monica. In a few hours I head off to LAX and a ten and a half hour flight to England!
It’s been a fun week, I got to see my family and spend an extremely American Fourth of July watching fireworks and dancing with my little niece. I had always thought I just wasn’t particularly interested in fireworks, but it turns out when you have nice weather and clear skies rather than a San Francisco Glowing Clouds Over the Bay experience, they really are quite spectacular. The band was excellent as well.
I also got to wander around Venice with my brother, which was interesting. I had only seen the beachfront touristy section, but this time I got to explore a bit more. Abbot Kinney on the other hand seems to be going to a very familiar gentrification process, with lots of new swank stores and buildings. We also saw the canals, since it turns out Venice was originally built as a resort modeled on the Italian city.
It’s been a fun interlude before the next leg of my trip.