I thought that as now I've explained a little about myself and a few of the reasons why I am where I am today, that I'd talk about my first month here in California.
Before I headed out here I decided I'd like to write a daily journal; journals are good for many reasons I feel...I can use it to look back at to remind myself of what I've been up to, I can use it as a pasttime if I ever feel lonely, or am in need of either a good write or read. I find writing a journal useful if I want to take my mind off something, or I can use it for the simple enjoyment of writing about my time here.
As well as writing a journal, I also wanted to start to take more photographs; I've always been interested in photography and my love for it grew in high school...but over the last few years I haven't really used my camera; I love to capture special moments through photography and am determined to get back into this while here in America.
The best way for me to tell/show you the first month of my time in California I think is through the photographs I have taken as well as with what I have written in my journal; I will combine these together, I hope you enjoy this little insight to my Californian dream.
So...a great place to start is my Birthday celebration on the 1st of July...my Mum planned the cutest day for me, starting with some fresh grapefruit and coffee...perfect (plus amazing American crockery!)
Then there was the 4th of July, which was simply wonderful; everyone was so happy and joyful. My mum and I wandered up Main Street in Santa Monica and watched the Parade (keeping quiet about being British of course!!)
Main Street is indescribable, its quirky, cute, lively and tranquil all at once; I'm staying in the loveliest little apartment right on the doorstep of it and feel so at home here.
There are many, many great shops in Santa Monica. I especially love the little independant home and garden design shops; the unique ideas inside are just lovely.
Another thing I love here are the endlessly straight roads...why don't we see this more in England?
The coffee here is something special, I tell you! I'm loving my daily iced coffee at the moment...
At the Sunday Market on Main Street there are a few dog adoption stands; I have in fact volunteered to help out and have made friends with one dog in particular named Brando!
Mum and I got ourselves some bikes (not this one) and use them to get out and about, we both love riding along the ocean bike path...stopping off at either end and heading straight to the beach for a lovely sunbathe.
The library, a perfect place to grab a book, or magazine and chill for an hour or so. I can't believe how gorgeous the one here is!
The Sunday Main Street Market is something I intend to go to every Sunday possible; the stands are filled with lovely, unique things.
There are many, many fruit stands at the Market with all sorts of fruit I've never seen before...here are the smallest oranges I've ever come across (smaller than a golf ball)...so cute!
The Pier, I will be spending a lot of my time here I'm sure. In fact theres a concert every Thursday evening which I'm currently loving.
The views are so beautiful. So heavenly. This is my paradise.
A "classic" school bus shot...
And of course, more coffee...
A room with a view...the apartment mum and I are staying in has the most spectacular view. I feel very, very lucky to be staying here.
I hope you've enjoyed browsing these photographs...there will be many more to come!