These videos should be a good start for a “Impressions of California” post because they're telling real stories of a place, where fiction and reality are closer together than in many other places. Nothing from fiction, although a lot of fiction is from here. A place of dreams, fullfilled or smashed, of lives, rich and famous, of sceneries, deserted or green, of cities blooming in light or hiding in the dark. A place where future gets born and your past gets lost. A place where things happen. Where you can experience. Where in one city alone you can visit an observatory and destroy the earth, where you can visit a museum and see masterpieces of art for free, where you can go to the beaches and pretend to be David Hasselhoff in Baywatch (I didn't do that though). A place where you find yourself from one hour to the next at a small concert right in front of the hollywood sign, a neighbourhood of people who did the screenwriting for Mac Gyver or are in Snoop Dog's PR-Team. And the next day your living at a nice place away from Downtown with a really nice family and ending up killing their plants – just kidding – although the saw was real. So to put it short California is:
A place to see, to experience, to live, to survive and alive.
… and sorry for that, but three of the following pictures are actually from Nevada.