I think I’ll also avoid dairy.
When in doubt, tea.
When happy, tea.
When cold, tea.
When sad, tea.
When sick, tea.
When no inspiration, tea.
When have to leave bed, tea.
When supposed to be doing homework, tea.
When scheming to take over world, tea.
When summoning minor demon, tea.
When accidentally starting apocalypse, tea.
Things I’ve noticed about California that I love:
-The amounts of vegan friendly/gluten free restaurants there were. I think we only went to a restaurant that DIDN’T cater specifically to those groups once. It was so easy to find a specific place to cater to your dietary needs.
-With that being said, there were plenty of paleo friendly restaurants and lots of bakeries that sold “dairy free” “soy free” “gluten free” “nut free” items.
-The hills. ALL the hills. When you’re riding your bike everywhere, it makes you realize that you may not need to work out to get in a good workout every single day.
-Working out is always more enjoyable on the beach.
-I still prefer Starbucks over the Coffee Bean, but I appreciate the variety California has. Peet’s, Coffee Bean, Starbucks, and then all the local shops. I really loved the (slightly overpriced) local shops that you could sit at and enjoy yourself. Yeah, it’s easy to hit up your local coffee shop, but there were plenty to choose from. Not just a few.
-THEY HAVE INDEPENDENT BOOK STORES <3
-Each city has it’s own attraction/feature. I felt like none of the two cities were the same, and they each had something special about them that kept me interested.
-Their new plastic bag law is pretty rad. I heard some people bitching about it, but really, just go get yourself a reusable bag! It really is easy. I loved the conscientiousness.
-Yeah, there was a lot of concrete, street, and building, but some of the views I witnessed were breathtaking. Not just the generic “if you’re in Cali you need to see this view” view. There’d be times on my bike that I’d turn to look behind me to make sure I wasn’t going to get hit by a car, and the view of even the surrounding area was just gorgeous. Maybe I’m just weird. And I still haven’t been to Malibu but I bet that’s to die for.
-I didn’t feel people judging me, either as a tourist or as a person. People in both Chicago and New York have a tendency to do that.
-The weather. Even the LA rain was tolerable. It was still beautiful, and while I can appreciate my snow back home, I’d love nothing more than a permanent vacation from it.
Things I disliked about California:
-the traffic. They weren’t kidding when they said that literally everyone drives there. Therefore, take a bike. it really does get you there faster, even with the hills.
-The drivers. They’re pretty scary to drive with, or drive next to ;) I guess that’s how you have to drive in LA though. That’s definitely something I’d have to get used to.
-Their libraries. They need more/bigger ones.
-Their subway lines. This is something I’m on the fence about since they’re working on it currently. I believe they’re planning on expanding the subway from the city to the beach, and to other important areas. I think this is a good thing, but apparently there are some people protesting it. Why object to public transportation?!
I’d love to explore more of California with the chance, as well as a car. I’ve always loved it and it’s always been one of my favorite places to visit, but there’s obviously so much development on the way and so much more to see that I can’t wait for. Loved my trip, now back to business. Taking new measurements on Sunday or Monday when I have access to a measuring tape.
Why is everyone so eager to get on a cramped as fuck plane? You’re gonna be on it for 4 hours. Embrace the leg room while you still can. #LAX
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Tell Me Tuesday
This is my best friend, Valerie. She is one of the people that pushes me to my limits and out of my comfort zone. She inspires me to work hard and to stay determined. After all these years, I couldn’t be more thankful for a best friend like valeriekozoragetsfit . So thank you, Val- I’m so happy you’re a part of my life, even though I know we haven’t seen each other much lately, you still keep me going everyday. I don’t know what I’d do without you. I love you.
Not to brag but I love my best friend <3
I’m honestly just excited that I get to spend some time alone to be honest. I need it.