day 11

a day for lounging....

we're quite comfortable here at the hotel.  so much so that I really need to force myself to leave.  we've only been here a short time but the hotel staff has gone out of their way to acknowledge us and make us feel very comfortable.  most mornings we meet downstairs for breakfast and almost everyday someone from the hotel stops by to shake our hand, say good morning and chat for a bit.  it all seems so civilized.

today was a very late breakfast.  so late that we were there to watch them turn the room over for their brunch/lunch service.  it was all rather exciting and beautiful to look at....racks of duck being pushed out from the kitchen on a cart....a giant fish covered under a massive pile of the most beautiful salt....sections of wheatgrass being rolled out....all very fun.  of course, I was more interested in the desserts....while we didn't partake, I did stop to snap a few photos:

so pretty

so pretty

almost too pretty to eat?

almost too pretty to eat?

I did finally find my way to the fitness center to use the treadmill for a while (easiest/cleanest way to get any exercise here) but after that spent most of my day holed up in my room...ventured out for just a little bit in the afternoon:

loads of stores like this wherever you go...

loads of stores like this wherever you go...

yet there seem to be so few customers...I guess the rent must be cheap

yet there seem to be so few customers...I guess the rent must be cheap

loads of these all over the city...haven't seen anyone using them though.   oh, and that lady standing on the other side....i think she's one of those people that's paid to hold the sign...perhaps she should come to LA and take some lessons from those guys that spin them around so well!

loads of these all over the city...haven't seen anyone using them though.   oh, and that lady standing on the other side....i think she's one of those people that's paid to hold the sign...perhaps she should come to LA and take some lessons from those guys that spin them around so well!

....looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow...we are expecting a few colleagues from the states to join us this week!  oh, and we'll probably be moving out of our beautiful hotel this week into a more permanent location.  all good things must come to an end, but...it'll be nice to finally settle in, have a kitchen and a place to do laundry.

these brooms are used everywhere.  I've seen loads of people sweeping the streets with them.  now that I think about it, I've never seen one abandoned in this way....they are almost always being used. 

these brooms are used everywhere.  I've seen loads of people sweeping the streets with them.  now that I think about it, I've never seen one abandoned in this way....they are almost always being used.