The things you do to me.
Photos courtesy of Matt Grashaw in Malibu, California circa 2009
Despite the fact that I spent the bigger part of my young life growing up in New York, I always respond “California” when asked where I’m from. It is sunny, warm, beautiful southern California where I met my best friends, found my faith, and figured out who I was and who I wanted to be. As time went on I lost my accent (The word Hahr-ible become horrible, doowug became dog, etc;;, ) purchased more and more open toed shoes, and developed a burning desire to spend all of my free time feeling the sun on my face and sand between my toes.
Those pictures above represent a gorgeously simple time in my life, when friends were near to me and our most difficult life decisions included (but were not limited to) choosing whether to go to Venice or Zuma beach, to eat Mexican or Sushi, or deciding which dress at Forever 21 best complimented our tans. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad my friends and I have progressed to a higher level of emotional maturity, but it’s normal to be nostalgic – right? I sure hope so, else there would be a whole lot of abnormality going on over here.
La Conchita, California
I suppose this is an appropriate time to announce that, next week, I’m headed to America for a visit! I will be spending two weeks in my home state. I had originally planned to throw together some sort of backpacking trip through a couple countries during the time I had off of work, but when I was telling my mom about my plans she asked me “Why don’t you just come visit us at home during your break?” as if it was that easy. Well, special thanks to frequent flier miles – apparently it is!
I’ve decided to put together a list of all the things I plan on doing during my two week stay in the United States. Are you ready? You better be!!
THE AMAZING LIST OF AMERICAN FESTIVITIES AND GOODNESS
1. Eat at In-n-out burger. As soon as I get off of the plane.
2. Eat Mexican food. Also as soon as I get off of the plane. In fact, I’ll have my burger in one hand and a taco in the other. Do not judge.
3. Ride bikes in Santa Barbara
4. Utilize the incredible and wonderful thing that is thrift store shopping.
5. Get lavender lemonade at Zoey’s Café.
6. Eat Fish and Chips at Andrea’s in Ventura
7. Overdose on Vitamin D by soaking in as much sun as humanly possible.
8. Spend several hours at the beach on several different days
9. Feel slightly unsafe and yet incredibly satisfied at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles
10. Go hiking
11. Eat sushi at an actual reasonable price!
12. Costco pizza. Enough said.
13. Watch movies. In a movie theater. In ENGLISH.
14. Eat more Mexican food. And more In-n-out. And more Mexican food.
15. Enjoy and soak up every beautiful moment in this fantastic place!
Santa Paula, California – 2010