North America Travel · May 6, 2022

Springtime in the States

 

And just like that, we’re back from America! 

It’s been a little while since I’ve properly had a chatter on here, so I thought before I kick things off with summer content, and a few posts I had planned after our trip (including a big ol’ post on travelling with a tiny person)- I’d do a little check in and fill you in a little on our two weeks in California. 

I feel like there was so much anticipation, organisation and a little bit of pre travel anxiety that was fizzing away for so long, that’s it’s hard to believe that we’ve already come and gone. It felt like one thing travelling and getting on an airplane for the first time since the pandemic, and a complete other thing doing it with another small passenger, going for the longest time I’d been away in years and praying for a negative test result in the lead up too.

But we did it! And honestly, it now kind of feels like the world is our oyster. For so long before I was wondering if doing a short flight as our first flight would prepare us better, but as Joe said- if that went badly we’d still have to travel the 11 hours anyway, so even if it was a baptism of fire (which it really wasn’t) we’d be doing it regardless. But ultimately and most importantly, how lucky are we to travel again; to see family across the world and have the world opening back up into somewhat of a recognisable normality. 

 

 

And the sun! The California sun. The blue skies, the waves on our doorstep soundtracking every bedtime and morning alarm, familiarity of those around us and a complete change of scenery which felt like the saturation of life’s colour had truly been turned up. 

We stayed in La Jolla in San Diego, a stones throw away from family and a literal hop skip and jump from the ocean. With days spent on the beach (with the important duty of sandcastle building and remembering that as a very pale person™ you can never wear too much SPF), salty and sandy nachos (proper ones!) by the fire, a magical wedding in the mountains and ultimately experiencing another world for a couple of weeks- it was a real window into another life (largely one where I wear a lot of faded denim, say ‘gnarly’ non ironically and largely pretend I’m in Daisy Jones and the six most of the time). 

 

As well as sunshine and sea, there was also a less than glamorous bout of norovirus (the real baptism of fire for yours truly) which clouded a little of our stay (nothing like travelling halfway across the world to truly experience the new series of The Marvellous Mrs Maisel); but my goodness did it make the days outside and eating some proper tacos from a hole in the wall all the sweeter. We also managed a gig by the bay; and although I didn’t *quite* manage to get on a surfboard this time, there’s always next time to tick that off.

 

 

 

 

Anyway- I’ll be sharing some of my favourite recommendations, as well as long haul tips with a little one this week- so stay tuned! 

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