Grand US Tour 2010: Rainy Visit to Universal Studios

PauTravels in Universal Studios Hollywood with family

As we go through the second week of our month-long US trip, we now go ahead into visiting California’s theme parks.   We purchased the Southern California CityPASS that includes a 3-day park hopper to Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, general admission tickets to Universal Studios and SeaWorld San Diego, and an optional admission to either the San Diego Zoo or the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  The CityPASS is valid for 14 days from the first use.  It was a big discount compared to purchasing each ticket so we took it.

And the first park that we visited was the Universal Studios Hollywood located just northwest of the Hollywood Sign.  On that day, my sister Nina joined us for the day.

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Side Trip to Los Angeles in 2004

PauTravels at the Hollywood Signboard in Universal Studios

In my work as a Test Analyst, I was very glad to have the opportunity of flying into the US and visit my parents who have moved there since 2003.  It was in 2004 that I had my first visit of Los Angeles as a side trip from my business trip to Austin Texas for Dell.  I had a second trip in 2007 after again being sent to Austin.

With a free ticket care of Dell, I flew to Los Angeles from Austin via Continental Airlines.  It was my first trip around the USA and my trip to LA gave me the chance to ride different sizes of planes from a jumbo jet to a 40-seater express jet.  From Austin, I connected to 3 cities to get to LA.

My parents picked me up at the Los Angeles Airport and headed to their apartment in Gardena along Rosecrans Avenue.  Los Angeles is very different from Austin as it is a crowded city and there are less vegetation unlike Austin which has more roads than structures.  My parents’ place is in an apartment compound near the corner of major roads.  My aunt who has been in the US for about 2 decades was also there to meet me.

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