One of the first things I booked and planned when I decided to spend my summer in the US was a bus and adventure travel tour. The route would take me down from San Francisco along the rugged coastline of the Big Sur, back to Los Angeles. I’d then spend some time in Joshua Tree National park, Las Vegas, and Zion National park before heading back to San Francisco.
It was a week of long bus rides, new friends, camping, dirty hair and exhausting but exhilarating hikes.
I was never and probably will never be a huge fan of camping but I enjoy it every once in a while. I feel better after having been uncomfortable and dirty for a couple of days. It makes me appreciate what I have more, learn how to deal better with awkward situations and exercises my patience. It grounds me in ways other things cannot.
This is why I’d urge anyone to put themselves out there and feel uncomfortable at least once a year. Go out there, smell like campfire and have sticky hands from all the S’mores you just made. The laughter and occasional shooting star will more than make up for that. I promise you.
After my whirlwind time in LA, I headed up to San Francisco for a couple of days. My time there was far more laid back.
Here are a couple of my observations:
The hills are far steeper than I imagined them to be.
It’s an easy city to navigate. I had almost no problems finding my way from and to certain spots.
I love the fog.
The weather is nothing like in other parts of California and I love it.
Redwood trees really are massive.
Layering clothes is the way to go.
70s music videos are the best.
Alcatraz tours are booked out weeks in advance (such a bummer).
Ghiradelli dark chocolate sea salt caramel is the holy grail.
Sausalito is a picturesque spot to eat lunch (or breakfast. Or dinner.).
The Mission district has great graffiti.
Guacamole is everything.
Thank you, Gina and Staci for welcoming me in your charming apartment. For showing me around and for loving food as much as I do. I had the best time.
Los Angeles has been an incredible start to an incredible journey and more adventures are to come.
I’ve had so many people beg me to not hate LA and no, I didn’t. In fact, I had a great time, filled with fun activities, laughter, long days, late nights and little sleep. This is how exciting LA was for me.
/ Disneyland is pure magic. / In-n-Out had to happen at one point. / If you say you’re too old for Disneyland, you’re lying. / Went to see ‘Casablanca’ at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and witnessed a stunning sunset. / Huntington Beach. US open, lots of (beautiful) people. / Lemonade stands are more authentically american than deep-fried butter. Or so I’ve been told. / Little Tokyo. / Bottega Louie is a bright place. / Perch gives you downtown views while you enjoy great food. / Venice Beach has bricks and good coffee.
You can follow along via my Instagram account and these hashtags: #TheRoadWander & #OpenRoadThirstyHeart
My stay here has been filled with rain and sunshine, baguettes, eclairs, mussels, snails and croissants (not at the same time, obviously). With white wine and red wine, with family arguments and kisses on the cheek. With picture-taking, rolled eyes and joyful laughter. With long walks and afternoons spent sitting on a café watching the busy boulevards.
Paris, you are lovely. In fact, you are so beautiful and perfect it’s almost unreal.
I’m sure we’ll meet again, until then I’ll enjoy my last day here to the fullest.
I swear I have no idea how it’s been over a month since the last entry! Time flies when all you do is work and uni work and studying and more work (and trying to figure out summer plans).
I apologise. I’ll try to do better but June will still be an incredibly busy month for me uni wise. Summer plans are in the making and it’s looking to be a great and exciting summer.
But for now, let me tell you about how I got up at 3.30 this morning to catch a flight to Paris with my parents and grandparents.
I’ve been to Paris twice before and I only had good memories and experiences. So far it’s been great this time as well. The weather could have been a tad better (rain, rain and more rain) but overall it could also have been a lot worse.Paris is always charming. The boulevards, the passages, the food and drinks and the general atmosphere. I often forget just how much I enjoy being in this city.We’ve rented a quaint apartment. It’s three storeys but still kind of small. The window in my room leads to a rooftop terrace and I couldn’t be more in love. It’s kinda perfect. We’re getting breakfast from the Boulangerie across the street, bought some essential food items and enjoy our evenings sipping wine and cidre on the terrace (even more so once the weather is a tad better).It’s the perfect break from all the uni stress the past few days and I cannot wait for tomorrow to explore more.Bonjour, Paris. / Hot chocolate literally came as melted chocolate with hot milk extra. Best one yet. / “Trapped” at a café waiting (in vain) for the rain to stop. After having the most expensive cappuccino yet (6,60€!) we caved and invested in some umbrellas. / View from our rooftop terrace. So charming.You can follow me along and see more pictures on my Instagram account.