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!
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?!