May 15, 2004

Santa Monica

A twenty block walk through the grey cold down Santa Monica Boulevard to the pier and Third Street, past the endless car yards and small shops, the long narrow alleys, the sun-drenched grime, the tall curved palms, the schools of foreign tourists shrieking in the lazy surf, the homeless bodies in groups on the grass, the armies of dark glasses and brown legs extending from shorts... At 8.30am, downtown Santa Monica has more homeless people than "normals", and oddly few decent coffee places.

Santa Monica, a shiny clean Berkeley. Berkeley? Positively Fourth Street... with nightlife. And a pier. (But how can a city survive so many shoe stores?)

(Part of California).

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