16 December

I went to the California Science Centre, and while I was there I visited the Pixar exhibition, where they had models of two of my favourite characters from movies, WALL-E and Sully. The exhibition showed how Pixar make the movies and  all the characters start off being hand drawn before they are computerised. Lighting is as technical on an animated movie as it is on a human movie.

The Science Centre is in Exposition Park which also where the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is located. The Coliseum opened in 1923 and was the first stadium in history to host the Olympic Games twice, in 1932 and 1984. Primarily a sports stadium, it hosted Nelson Mandela’s 1990 return to the United States, and the first-ever Papal Mass by Pope John Paul II in 1987. The Coliseum was added to the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1984.

This is my last week in LA, I’m going to the UK for Christmas and not coming back.  I have been in love with this place for years and I’ve fallen slightly out of love with it during my stay here, which is quite sad because it is a strange, wonderful, beautiful place.  I will have fond memories of my time here and the friends I have made. It’s time to move on.

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