Last weekend, I visited Los Angeles for the first time in two years. I lived there for four years during college, so it was almost as much fun to see the city again as it was to see my girlfriends. Almost. : ) My favorite moments from the trip:
– Walking Zuma Beach with Jessie.
– Playing glow-in-the-dark ping pong at a downtown club with Kara. And by playing, I mean dominating. Not competitive at all.
– Hot tub shenanigans and Kara’s new BFF.
– Checking out our old college stomping grounds.
– The most hilariously uncomfortable hike of my life with Kara and fire ants.
– Being so excited to be in Santa Monica on a sunny afternoon with Jessie that we couldn’t help skipping through every alley we felt like we might not be spotted in. Walking the Pier. Shopping the Third Street Promenade.
– The car rides. So much time is spent on the road in LA, and my heart could’ve burst from fullness driving the familiar freeways, and chatting in between finding new favorite songs on Kara’s iPhone to play on repeat maybe 100 times.
– A night out at the Basement Tavern.
– Stocking up on wine, crackers, and a zillion different kinds of cheese for a replay of the event of the year. I am obviously referring to The Bachelor wedding.
– The FOOD. Our longtime favorites, in no particular order: 1) Swingers for late-night eats slash anytime-day-or-night eats. My top choice: the Mediterranean platter. 2) Urth Caffé. MY ALL-TIME FAVE. I’m not kidding, I occasionally have dreams about this place. Everything is good, but I’m partial to the green tea boba. 3) Marmalade Cafe. Classic brunch spot. 7-grain almond granola pancakes ftw. 4) And finally, Wood Ranch for their mac and cheese. No competition.
– THE AFTERNOON AT MALIBU WINES. How I’d never been there before escapes me. Picture Pinterest in literal form. Twinkle lights. Picnic tables. The sun setting over the Malibu hills. Outdoor music. Mimosa tasting flights. Be still my heart.
I was talking with a friend from home about my favorite part of the trip, and although the hot spots around LA were so much fun to see again, it was just being with my girlfriends that I loved the most. Sitting in our PJs on the living room couch. Catching up on long car rides. Being close enough to crack each other up in person instead of over the phone or text or email. I’m embarrassingly thankful for the cities I’ve loved, and the people that make them so dang lovable.