We by now had details of our arrival, who would meet us and how we would be transported - all was set!
There are three main runways with planes landing every 30 seconds. All these people have to clear customs and we found ourselves in a moving mass of humanity literally being herded by US officials with radios and filled with self importance. You did not dare to ask a question or deviate from your zigzag Shute that we were funneled into. It took us an hour and a half to get to the front of the line. Here we wanted to stay as a group but were once again yelled at so Paul went one way with some and I went the other way . Here I got yelled at because our group was not together - go figure!
By the time we all got through, our baggage had been turfed off the carousel in random heaps along with everyone else's on our A380!
With another 15 min hitch where we were separated we finally emerged in the chaotic arrivals area where our drivers who had been waiting for hours had arrived.
Toyota Lexus are sponsoring the LAFW and provided 3 SUV' s to get us all to our Hotel. The instruments and baggage went into one, Paul and 4 went in another and we got the next one. Our driver was Jamacan and I reached for a CD in my bag and put it in his vehicle. He turned it up to full volume and all the tiredness just washed away, we would soon be there. There was yet another surprise. When we arrived at the address I has and the driver was instructed to take us, they had no record of our booking and were full. My mouth went dry and I was done for. After a few calls we finally were directed to our actual destination where our luggage had already arrived.
This Hotel Adventurer is more a backpacker style place but the beds are thankfully good. It is vibey, colorful and there is every nationality moving through here daily. There are tatoo'ed butterflies in hot pants with illuminated wings serving colorful cocktails and herbal wafting here and there.
At first I was most concerned about being responsible for 8 minors from rural Wolseley in this place but it is actually quite ideal. We are all on the ground floor in close proximity which helps with the instruments and general a communications. For the crew there is a handy pool and pool table which keeps them busy in quiet tines which is handy. We are happy to be here and the adventure begins.