After the long flight to LA (which didn't seem to bad after a long sleep aided by sleeping pills) we got into a taxi to get to our first accommodation in Venice. The taxi ride was an experience. 160km around a bend in heavy traffic - with a driver who could not understand hardly any English. Thankfully we arrived safely to our unit which is 30 seconds from the beach. First impressions of Santa Monica - quieter and more chilled out than had thought and quite chilly. We went for big walk and went to get some food as our apartment is self contained. Came across a health food store so our first meals have been very healthy - organic tomatoes, organic cornflakes, organic cheese etc. - everything was organic in the store. Matt keeps trying to talk to everyone but they don't understand him & has to repeat himself. I keep having to step in and say what he is meaning in non slang, easy to follow phrases - very funny. Had a decent night sleep, surprisingly quiet. Looking forward to further exploring Venice Beach and Santa Monica tomorrow.