Part One: California Here We Come

Hello, friends! I’m back from my much appreciated vacation to Southern California and I am so excited to share my trip.

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I love my home and I love sleeping in my own bed again, but I adore California. I’m sad to be back and it runs deeper than the usual “ugh vacation is over” syndrome. We’ll get more into why I love California so much a little later, but right now, let’s start with a recap!

My friend, Molly, and I decided we wanted to go to LA a few months ago and the build up was thrilling. I knew we would be great travel companions because we both love food, walking, and celebrities. We’re also both low maintenance and can roll with the flow, which is important when vacationing. We woke up early last Friday morning to catch our 6:00 AM flight. For breakfast, we got egg sandwiches, coffees, and bananas from McDonalds- who by the way, uses real eggs in their sandwiches, making them the healthiest fast food choice for breakfast- before hopping onto the plane. Because it was so early, it was hard to believe that the trip was actually happening- in a good way!

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The flight was seamless, no turbulence, which is the way I like it. The six hours was a little long, especially because neither of us could sleep from being excited but also stiff in our seats. Once we landed, it didn’t take long to adjust to the wonder that is California weather. It’s hot out there, for sure, but there is not an ounce of humidity, which makes such a difference.

Palm trees and Molly’s uncle were waiting to welcome us to California. He was kind enough to pick us up from the airport and drop us off at the hotel who were not quite ready for us to check in.

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We were both so tired so it was a bit of a bummer to not be able to get into our hotel room yet, but the adrenaline of being on vacation kept us moving and we decided to explore the area a little before lunch. There weren’t many options around us, but we did find a Mexican buffet that was quite good, but neither of us were hungry or alert enough to take advantage of a buffet, which is not actually a bad thing.

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After lunch, we meandered back to our hotel with still an hour or so to go before we could check in. Luckily, the pool area was gorgeous and we could sit and relax while taking in the glorious sun. I have to admit, it was almost painful to not be able to dive into the water since my bathing suit was in my bag.

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Finally it was time to check into the hotel and we got settled. It’s so strange to be typing all of this because it feels like so long ago, but also so recent, that it’s disorienting! A shower was much needed after a long trip and sitting out in the sun, but we had to call the front desk because we couldn’t figure out the shower! This sounds embarrassing, but in order to get it to work, you had to pull it really hard. I was afraid if I did that without prompting, I would break it!

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After we recovered, we decided to be adventurous and took the train into Hollywood. Public transportation is sparse and a little shady in LA, but our hotel was right next to the station that took us to Hollywood, so we couldn’t go wrong.

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It was fun, but crowded, to walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and I am more than a little disappointed that I did not find Kristin Chenoweth’s newly installed star, but I also wasn’t going to force my way through the crowd to find it. I am not a slow walker and I am also not patient when it comes to people stopping in the middle of the sidewalk every few seconds.

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For dinner, we decided upon California Pizza Kitchen, which they actually have back at home, but it was still an excellent choice. Molly and I split a tasty hot vegetable salad and a cheese pizza. For dessert, we headed to the Ghirardelli store right across the street and got ice cream with the amazing hot fudge on top. I can honestly tell you, we were not concerned about calories this trip, especially when it comes to dessert. So worth it. Oddly enough, on my return, all I was craving was one of my huge salads. At least that’s a good sign!

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It was a semi-early night and we headed back to the hotel, but we stayed up late watching weird episodes of My Strange Addiction and laughing at our overall silliness. On our way into the hotel, we discovered something looming over us.

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Check out the blog this week for more updates! Our trip gets more and more interesting throughout the days!

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