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Monday, January 26, 2009

Our Trip to Los Angeles

This is the first photo I took driving down a street near the airport. The palm trees are taller than in Florida and don't have as much shaggy dead limbs at the bottom. The entrance to the city of Redondo Beach.

Here is our hotel with a view of the ocean. I searched really hard for it and got a good price and it was really nice, but we didn't know about parking in Los Angeles. There is no such thing as free parking. Parking at this hotel is $18 a night in a parking garage with attendants. The first night we got valet parking (that is extra, of course) and a young man opened the door for us and helped us with our luggage and parked the car for us. The next morning, we called and they brought it to the front driveway and opened the doors for us again. I may have pretended I was rich and famous for a minute there.

The lobby of the hotel.
The aquarium in the lobby.Here, we are sitting in the lobby with the pastors of Vision International Minisries. They were very welcoming and friendly as were their church members. She is tall, beautiful, glamy and the proud mother of seven. He has a tremendous vocabulary and speaks very eloquently but he also has a very playful and fun side to his personality that is very engaging and refreshing. She is from Uganda. He is from Ghana and they met in London. They go on missions trips to Africa regularly. Here is their website where you can see more photos and hear some of their worship and praise time which was my favorite, ever:
I didn't listen very well in world history classes and was interested to learn from him that all of Africa was in European hands except Liberia and Ethiopia in 1914. Here's a little history break:
  • Europeans began to transport African slaves across the Atlantic in the 16th century. However slavery was nothing new in Africa. For centuries Africans had sold other Africans to the Arabs as slaves.
  • In the 18th century ships from Britain took manufactured goods to Africa, returned to the West Indies with slaves and took sugar back to Britain. This was called the Triangular Trade. (Many other European countries were involved in the slave trade).
  • Some Africans were sold into slavery because they had committed a crime. However many slaves were captured in raids by other Africans. Europeans were not allowed to travel inland to find slaves. Instead Africans brought slaves to the coast. The slave trade would have been impossible without the co-operation of Africans, many of whom grew rich on the slave trade.
  • In the early 20th century attitudes to imperialism began to change in Europe and as missionaries provided schools and increasing numbers of Africans became educated they became impatient for independence. The movement for African independence became unstoppable and in the late 1950s and 1960s most African countries became independent.
  • Yet the newly independent states were often failures. Many suffered civil wars and brutal dictators like Idi Amin.
  • Today most of Africa remains very poor. One reason is corruption on a massive scale. Many African rulers bled their countries dry and made themselves very rich. Another reason is gross economic mismanagement. In the 1970s Socialist policies proved disastrous in countries like Zambia and Tanzania while in the 2000s Robert Mugabe wrecked the Zimbabwean economy.
    Africa also is suffering severely from the AIDS pandemic.
  • Hey, do you think I would have made a good homeschooling mom?
We really enjoyed the balcony.

The view See that peninsula in the background? That is Palos Verde. I didn't know that when I took this photo, but we went over there another day and I will show you some of those photos later. It is a very nice community. It was sunset on our balcony when we arrived at the hotel. It was pink with the blue ocean below. I'm not sure I have seen a sunset so pink before.


Wendy said...

Thanks for the history lesson. That last sunset picture is gorgeous.

Finding Joy in Him said...

I noticed the tallness of the palm trees in your other post...

I enjoyed the history lesson.. We read a week or two ago that a small percentage of the slaves were captured by the Europeans, but most were prisoners of war.

An enthusiasm for learning is a great homeschooling mom trait.