LA Day Four

This ended up being my favourite day.

I woke up feeling like utter shit. I hadn’t drank in a few weeks and I hadn’t drunk much the night before but I paid for it.

We cleaned up and checked out then Sarah, Jay’s friend from oz and her partner, Drew picked us up and took us over to West LA to watch the NFL semi finals.

It was crazy! Loved it. Was still not loving my hangover though. Jay was fine having some drinks.

After my salad I started to perk up though and my friend, Jon came to pick us up to show us his hood. At the same time, Jay started to crash. We swapped roles.

We drove through Santa Monica and Venice Beach in Jon’s HUGE truck (which I love! Ford F150) listening to great tunes and soaking up the sunshine.

Jay was in a state by then and even asked if the road sign ‘Ocean’ meant we were on Ocean Road or if it meant that we were next to the ocean…

I love the beaches in the way to Hermosa. There’s this great beach with drum barrels the whole way along the stretch and Jon explained that they’re legal Bon fire areas! Everyone goes down there and chills out in the evening. I thought it was such a great idea!

Finally we arrived in Hermosa Beach. It feels like you’re in a holiday town. I wish we’d been there the whole time and were staying a week! It’s just gorgeous with this great vibe.

I was starving (nothing new) so we popped into Hot Kitchen on Jon’s recommendation and ordered tacos. Holy bajeezus they were good!!!! Must try if you’re in the area. I even had a cider.

We went to Jon’s apartment (which was gorgeous, right on the beach walk) then walked along the beach and the pier as the sunset. It was stunning and I didn’t want to leave. But time was pressing and I needed to head to the airport. Luckily LAX is only about 15min away.

I said goodbye to Jon and Jay and waited for my flight. Funnily enough the area I was in only had flights to NZ, Brisbane and Vancouver. I was almost wishing I was on one of the other planes, I’m looking forward to going home!

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LA Day Three

One of the bigger days on the trip, I had breakfast and met Jay in the foyer of her hotel, the Grand Californian Disney hotel on the park. It was a short walk. Pleasant in the sun, man I miss the sun.

We headed into California Adventure park and did heaps of rides. Tractor ride in cars, Ariel’s clam ride, mickeys Ferris wheel, log mountain thingy ride, you get the drift.

We skipped back over to Disney to meet Jay’s family. Lunch was just a chicken and avo sandwich (burger, they call then sandwiches) with fruit. Healthy options even at Disney – yay!

I went to the Star Wars area and tried to jump on the Star Tours ride but the line was too long. Bought my bro’s a secret pressie, a hat for my goddaughter and some Mickey Mouse pjs for me then we were off.

You wouldn’t think it would be too hard to get from Disney/Anaheim to LA/west Hollywood but boy was it a mission.

4pm on Saturday, so there is limited transport running. We can take a taxi or bus to the train station ($28 on Amtrack) but that will only take us to Union Station and we are a good hour on the subway after that. Not happening.

We tried to rent a car, we walked to the yards and even though their sites said they were open to 5 they were both closed.

The hotel we walked into tried to help us, seeing if there was a shuttle or private car we could take.

In the end we got a taxi for $100 including taxes and tips. Good to know for next time though. I would really have thought that with all the travellers there would be a better transport system in place.

We checked into our hotel, The Standard Hotel in West Hollywood. It was totes amazeballs and I fully recommend it if you are staying in that area!

It’s a very trendy hotel, an amazing lobby with fancy furniture that Jay recognised as somebody’s work who I can’t remember.

There’s a bar that flows out onto the pool area that I would have liked to visit given half the chance.

Our room was massive! Minimalistic, a big bed, orange plumbing fittings, a rainfall shower head and a balcony by the pool area on the first level.

We ran over to Trader Joes. I fell in love! The cheese and meat is do cheap! Ended up with a big platter of food for dinner and 2 bottles of wine.

We walked past Chateau Marmont on the way there, valet literally lined up a block and there were gates set up for paps, Golden Globes was the next day so it was crazy.

My friend Amanda gave me her friend, Alethea’s number so we met her at Fatty’s in West Holiday for drinks. We then continued on to Greystone & Henry Hoorah or something like that.

The club scene there blew my mind. All bottle service. All booths. All big groups. It was amazing. No room for the normal folk. I’m sure I would’ve enjoyed it more with bottle service but as someone just visiting I didn’t particularly love it. Great scenery though.

We rocked home and came across the luggage trolley on the way back to our room. Being the drunken idiots we are, I jumped on it and Jay pushed me home!

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Parlour Leaving Party

It wasn’t supposed to be a leaving party. But that’s what everyone called it. I just wanted all my friends together for dinner before my holiday.

I love love love The Parlour in Yaletown, Vancouver. Not sure if I’ve told you before but their Goldmember pizza BLOWS my mind! It’s essentially potato with mushrooms and truffle oil. I LOVE it. Truffle oil rocks!

Anyway there was 10 or 11 of us and it was a great night just chatting and eating.

The manager came over to say hi an suggested I have a leaving party a week before I leave. And you know what, I think that’s a great idea!

Bring on the month of leaving parties!

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Moving & Dinner with K&K

Last night I moved. A little rushed but was easier than expected thanks to K&K’s beast!

We did a drop off of my bedding to Carso, picked up my glasses from Billy’s and dropped the rest at Jay’s place.

Finally back at Ka Lei & Kieran’s it was dinner time! They (Kieran) had cooked a huge bolognaise, the sauce had 10 different veggies in it!

My stance on mince (used to hate it) is obviously changing as I really enjoyed the meal.

We drank some wine and chatted until we realised how late it was and Ka Lei braved the roads (she’s learning to drive on the other side in the massive truck) to take me home.

Lovely night, makes me think of how much I will miss all my friends when I go. But that’s the thing about travelling. Everytime you leave, a little part of your heart stays too.

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Lazy Saturday

I’m not drinking due to my impending trip to Barbados and my larger than usual body. So I’ve been trying to find things to do on my weekend other than go out then be hungover.

Saturday I had a lovely sleep in then headed to Costco to get a script. I love wandering around and seeing what they have there – their variety is incredible.

My lovely friends Ka Lei & Kieran picked me up and we headed to the Vancouver aquarium in Stanley Park. I have a membership and I love it there so wanted to go at least one more time before I left.

First we went for a stroll around the park. It is so beautiful and was an incredibe day. I will miss Vancouver because of days like this.

It was great to be at the aquarium with someone who likes it as much as I do! I could spend (and I do) hours there leaning about the marine life and watching all the creatures. Ka Lei was the same and both K&K ended up getting a membership. I should be getting commission!

After the aquarium we went back to Basil for Thai – such a great place and so cheap! Thurlow and Davie. I had a green Thai chicken and eggplant curry and a fresh coconut mm.

Next up, Victoria’s Secret. I accidentally bought stuff. No I didn’t. I totally did it in purpose but I really have no more room in my bags! Anyway it was their semi annual sale and I ended up trying on soo much stuff but just ended up with a few items.

I bid adieu to K&K, walked home to get my bikini then over to Amanda’s for a hot tub. So good! My poor muscles needed some loving after falling down the mountain.

Home to bed for a big Sunday back on the mountain!

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Surprise!!

I’m coming home!! 

Yep, I made the decision today, I’ll be back in NZ mid feb 🙂

Kicking goals, once I decided this morning I booked a few days in NYC, A tour from NYC – Miami with Top Deck Travel, a few extra days in Miami and maybe a cruise or a trip to Barbados.

Then I made my bucket list for my last few weeks here which include snowboarding and a Canucks game. I’m doing both on the 1st. BOOM!

Love kicking goals! My poor, poor bank account however… 

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