Postcards From | That First Day in Cali

Postcards From | That First Day in Cali

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This post has been long overdue, so no, unfortunately, I did not just pack my bags and leave on a spontaneous trip to California. It is a throwback to 8 months ago, to when I quit my job and left on a big trip that I had been dreaming about for years. Ready to finally go through the US with me?

 

The total journey from home to my sweet sweet friend Bridget’s took 24 hrs. Bridget and I actually met the year before in London during my Euro trip and she is this incredibly strong, smart, beautiful and definitely a bit crazy lady that I look up to so much! Anyway, it took a train, a 7 hour flight, a layover, one more flight, a train ride and lastly a short drive to be welcomed to The Millers home, feeling so grateful (and very, very gross too). Luckily, it was a perfectly acceptable time to quickly shower and go straight to bed. I woke up the next morning a little disoriented, because for some reason my brain always takes a couple of days to get used to the idea of being on another spot on the map. We decided to bike to the beach on beach-cruisers, like true Californians, for brunch and take it slow the rest of the day.

It didn’t take long before the first palmtrees greeted us and I gotta tell you, nothing says you’re on a holiday like the sun on your bare legs and palmtrees lining the streets. Beach cruisers are the most comfortable bikes I ever tried and I have tried plenty as a Dutchie. We rode our bikes on roads that reminded me of the race scene in Grease, and past colorful houses lining the beaches. We passed long beach and seal beach but my favorite thing was biking through Napels, a little neighborhood of Long beach which has the cutest houses along the canal and it just felt like a secret little corner of the world. To celebrate the start of this new adventure I ordered my first ever mimosa and the biggest breakfast plate and Bridget ordered a burrito bowl of some sort that looked incredible. I don’t know if it was the jetlag or if I was just not paying attention at all, but the handful of pictures I actually took turned out awful because I messed up the settings. However, I kind of love these imperfect shots, they really do bring me back and thats all that matters in the end right?

 

Looking up to this doesn’t get old!

Beautiful Bridget

How dreamy must it be to live here?

Little snap I stole from Bridget’s Instagram because I actually didn’t take pictures of the food.. must have been really hungry hah!

 

After our bike ride back during which we played “guess how much that house costs”, we laid by the pool and had a relaxed evening of just catching up with each other’s lives. Having friends living in different corners of the world is such a bittersweet thing, you miss out on so much of each other’s lives but on the other hand it makes the little time you have together extra special. Speaking of special, Bridget and her family spoiled me so much, I can’t wait to show you what else we knocked off of my bucket list. More on that soon!

 

 

Thanks for reading and following along on this adventure, I sure do love sharing it with you guys. Any of you ever been to California or any lucky ones that are from that “always sunny” area?!

 

 

Liefs,
Yara

 

 

 


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  • Sally

    I am SO ready to travel through the US with you via your blogs posts!! It will allow me to re-live last summer and our sweet memories! This post is making me so nostalgic and READY for summer! The snow has finally cleared in town here in Boise and the sun is shining. However, my phone tells me that more snow is on the way :(

    • http://www.thetwentiesguide.com Yara Miora

      This last summer was one for the books for sure! I can not wait to both relive those adventures but also to start planning our future adventures sweet sister!! I love you so much

      Liefs,
      Yara

  • http://www.leopardmartini.com/ Adriana

    Loving all of the photos!
    I was born in Cali & haven’t been back in sooo long!! :)

    ~Adriana
    http://www.leopardmartini.com

    • http://www.thetwentiesguide.com Yara Miora

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting dear Adriana! Oh that must have been fun to grow up in a state with so much incredible nature?

      Liefs,
      Yara

  • http://www.summer-bucket.com/ Debra Norris

    Hello from Texas!
    I found you through Jenna Kutcher’s blog and a comment you made resonated deep inside me and I felt like you stole the words right our of my mouth! Anyway, I wanted to stop by and say good luck with all your adventures and that you have a new follower. Cheers!

    Debra
    http://www.summer-bucket.com
    @summerb_jewelry

    • http://www.thetwentiesguide.com Yara Miora

      Dearest Debra,

      You have no idea how much your message means to me! I love how sometimes we feel like we’re the ONLY ones in the world struggling with something specific but how most of the time we are proven wrong! Welcome to the family my friend, I hope you have a wonderful wonderful day.

      Liefs,
      Yara

  • http://www.leopardmartini.com/ Adriana

    Beautiful photos!!
    I’m so excited to take a few trips this summer. :)

    ~Adriana
    http://www.leopardmartini.com

    • http://www.thetwentiesguide.com Yara Miora

      Thank you so much Adriana!! I am so excited for you too, where will you be exploring this summer?

      Liefs,
      Yara

  • http://www.thetwentiesguide.com Yara Miora

    I had an incredible time! More from those days to come on the blog soon :)

    Liefs,
    Yara