It seems like so long ago that the gang was here, but really it’s only been a week! We had an awesome time while they were here. I think (and hope) that they had a great time while they were here! California (especially LA) is full of things to see and do. So we were constantly doing stuff while they were here. On the Wednesday they got here Alex and I picked them up at the airport around 12. To my surprise, Amy was with them! She planned a trip to see her aunt who also lives in California, then made her way to me for a night, then headed a little further south to San Diego to spend some time with her brother. It worked out perfectly, and I was so excited to see her! I almost cried!
We headed back to my house and had a few beers. I gave them the grand tour of the house and we caught up a bit. Soon after we headed to Hermosa Pier to get some margaritas and tacos! After lunch we headed over to Baja Sharkeez which is a bar that is always crazy no matter the day or time! We had lots of happy hour special drinks and jell-o shots from a syringe. We were having a blast. We had too much fun making vines and drinking to take any pics, woops!
We headed back to my place to get ready for the night. We were dragging from our daytime drinking adventures but I forced everyone awake to head to Main Street in Santa Monica. Unfortunately, we weren’t there too long because I got a little too tipsy! (I guess those drinks from earlier caught up to me.)
On Friday, Amy had to make her way to the train station and head down to SD. We spent the first half of the day trying to figure out the best way to get her there. We sadly said our goodbyes and sent her on a sketchy bus. (but she made it!) Kate, Kelly, Chris and I went to brunch at a little place in Redondo Beach then spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach.
That night we went out in Hermosa Beach. We went to this place ironically called underground, when you have to walk up stairs to get there. I always find myself coming back to this place. It’s kinda low key, but they have a dance area and they also have pool and shuffle board. I like the options!
On Satuday we hosted a beer Olympics at Tom and Alex’s house. It was pretty fun but I was organizing it for the most part and it was actually a little bit stressful. It didn’t help that the people there weren’t that interested in the beer olympics but just wanted to day drink. We decided when you host an event like this, everyone has to be on board with the games/event. Us Maryland kids were all about. I hope to plan a Beer Olympics back in MD because I think we will be able to get more people that actually want to be involved, which makes it way more fun!
We ended up staying the night at Alex’s on Saturday so Sunday we could show them the sites of Santa Monica. We started off at my favorite place, the farmers market and grabbed some lunch. Then we headed to the Santa Monica Pier. It was packed! But we got to take a ride on the Ferris wheel. You can see so much from the top and it was such a beautiful day!
After the pier we headed to venice boardwalk. I thought for sure they would hate it there (cause Alex and I aren’t too fond) but we had a blast. It is truely the best people watching that can ever be done. I haven’t been that many places in the U.S. but I’d say it’s the #1 People watching capital in the States. We had a lot of laughs. We had to stop at the Ale House and get some mojitos in mason jars, YUM! It was a long day in the sun and I got wayy sun burnt. We just chilled at my house that night and had some leftovers from a few nights before. It was much needed because we’d been going since they got here.
We woke up early on Monday to see a bit of Hollywood. First we hiked to the top of the Hollywood sign. It’s always a harder hike than I remember it to me. I’m not really in shape and it always makes me sweat!
Next, we headed to Hollywood BLVD. I tried to be the best tour guide I could. I told them everything I remembered from my official tour of Hollywood and googled a bunch of other stuff to add some other facts. We saw the Chinese theatre, dolbe theatre and of course the stars on the Hollywood walk of fame. I also drove them through Beverly hills to see some of the houses. We drove on rodeo drive but didn’t get out, let’s be serious.. we can’t afford any of those stores! After the the tour of Hollywood/Beverly Hills we headed home to get ready for a farewell dinner. We went to a place in Manhattan beach for an awesome seafood dinner. We were seriously stuffed to the brim! Unfortunately, we didn’t get any pics that night.
On their last day, we went to Disneyland! There are 2 parks: Disney and California Adventureland. We got a 1 day park hopper pass and spent 1/2 day in each place. You can definitely do a day at both, especially if it’s your first time and you don’t know where you’re going (like us.) But, all in all I think we hit the highlights of both parks. Unfortunately, Alex could only go for half the day. We went to Disney first and it was the wrong choice. California Adventureland was more fun with more adult type rides and I was really sad he missed out on that. AND you can drink there (that’s when you know it’s the better park!) I promised we would go back, because I really want him to experience that. AND we can cross Disney off of our bucket-list of things to do together. (this is a much cheaper way to do Disney.) It really doesn’t compare to Disney World though. Disney world is much bigger with way more parks and attractions to see. I definitely think we should go there together, but it is pushed to the bottom of the list at this point.
It was a great way to spend our last day together, at the happiest place on earth! We have grown up going to theme parks with our family, so it is something we LOVE to do together. I had so much fun having them in CA and I was very sad when they left. It definitely wasn’t a relaxing vacation for them but it was full of laughs, memories and adventures that I’m sure none of us will forget!
I have said it many times, but I will say it again, I am SO beyond grateful to call my cousins my BEST friends. I am so lucky to have them in my life! It means the world to me that they took this trip to come visit me in California. I love you guys!!