Travel

Thanksgiving in LA

So the night before was the basketball game and now, we fly down to LA to spend our first thanksgiving with our auntie and uncle who live in Hollywood, I know, pretty flash right..?! We have been living here for just under two months by this point and are still super excited to see everything!

We get collected from the airport and taken to their house near Sunset Boulevard. It was such a beautiful home. We stayed out in the guest house and had full access to everything, including their pool and hot tub, it was great! The first night was quite a chilled one as we didn’t get there until the evening.

Thanksgiving day arrives and we were taken on a hike up to see the Hollywood sign. It was such a long journey on the way up but the views were incredible! We did the standard posing but I’ll spare you the pain of that as the photos were just horrific! Hahah Here are a couple of shots that make the blog cut…

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After our day of hiking we settled in for a nice big thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. Turkey, veg, mac & cheese, gravy, potatoes, pigs in blankets…basically an early Christmas dinner, SO good! followed by dessert and a few G&T’s in the hot tub, PERRRRRFECT 🙂

Friday we decided to explore Hollywood a little, we went along to Hollywood Boulevard and did the typical tourist things like seeing the Walk of Fame and going on a celebrity homes bus tour. After a day of being tourists, we went for a group meal which was a gift paid for by my in-laws back in the U.K for my birthday. It was really lovely to see a different side of the Hollywood madness, it definitely seems like a different place at night.

On the Saturday, as a treat, we were given front of the line passes to visit Universal Studios, Hollywood. We were so excited, we went on the studio tour and saw all the sets the use in films and tv shows such as Bruce Almighty, Fast and Furious, Desperate Housewives, War of the Worlds and Jaws. They showed us all the tricks and how they create flood scenes in their movies. The tour along side all the other attractions and rides there are really good. The Minion ride was fairly new on our visit which was pretty entertaining. Unfortunately at this time Harry Potter World wasn’t open but it was in the process of being created, and I 100% plan to go back just for that alone.. I definitely want to fly on a broomstick and get my wand from Olivander… (I’m certain my Hogwarts letter is still trying to find its way to me….) Anyway, I would say that Universal Studios, Hollywood  is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area and have the time!!

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Sunday came around a little too quickly and it’s time to fly back home to North Cali. Until next time LA, you’ve been great!

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Go Warriors!

Today (my birthday!!) we went to our first ever U.S sporting event, Basketball!

We decided it would be a good experience and we had heard a lot about the Warriors in the time we had been here so we chose to watch them play against the LA Lakers so it was a little north/south rivalry.

I had no idea what to expect as I hadn’t been to any kind of sports game before but it was such good fun! The atmosphere was great, everyone was cheering and getting in to the game. The stadium felt so big and there were so many people there. They have so many options throughout the stadium for food and had a store and a couple of stands where you could purchase your Warriors apparel so, of course, we had to purchase a couple of things (we went for the classic foam finger and two hats).

IMG_0208It was definitely a great experience and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who visits the states. They put on a half time performance for everyone at the game which was pretty entertaining, not to mention you get to watch the cheerleaders do their thing.

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Basketball is one sport that I found really easy to get in to, though i’m sure the atmosphere of being at a live game helped with that. Its fast paced, short quarters, easy to follow and can get pretty exciting. We haven’t been here that long so this was our first real exposure to the NBA and American sports but it certainly set the bar and opened us up to going to watch other live sports.

Of course, the Warriors wiped the floor with the Lakers! They were the defending champs and broke the record for the best ever regular season, which was pretty cool to witness.

We would definitely go again in the future!

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Making a house, a home

So, we found a cute two bed apartment super close to work. The grounds are so pretty and always kept cut and well maintained. This place has 5 pools guys?! a small gym, and it just feels so quiet and pleasant. We moved in on October 17th and then began kitting it out with furniture (from trusty old IKEA, of course!) It was so much fun, there’s nothing like being able to have everything just how you want it, you know?

Anyway, we got there in the end and this is the end result!

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Not a bad job for our first ever apartment tbh! 😀

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Here’s a little peak at one of the pools. (Where I spend a lot of my free time as you can imagine!)

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Our Story

Welcome to our blog!

We decided to start this page as a way of documenting our lives following a move across the pond to the United States, just two young Brits trying to make it in the big wide world.

Before coming to the States we were still living at home with our parents in England so this was a big step for us. Not only were we moving out but we chose to move 5000 odd miles across the Atlantic Ocean to California (I mean, who does that, right?!)

The move happened pretty fast, we found out we were going in June/July and flew out on October 1st. I quit my job, we sold our cars and packed up our 6 suitcases with all our belongings and off we went to start a new life!

Upon arrival in San Francisco we collected our hire car and drove to our new city. It was so surreal. Seeing the yellow school buses, driving on the other side of the car, on the other side of the road, and on a 6 lane freeway in rush hour traffic! It was pretty scary but so exciting at the same time. Nevertheless, we made it to our destination in one piece and were ready for the next phase of our journey… APARTMENT HUNTING!