After being in the United States for a week I feel like it’s such a culture shock, yet so comfortable at the same time. I feel a little bit like the Olympic flame that is getting passed from friends to friends which I love.
My first three days here were spent in Los Angeles with my dear older sister, Meaghan. We did all the typical tourist things. This included walking along Venice Beach, taking the open-top bus around Hollywood and walking along Santa Monica pier as the sun was setting.
Meaghan was at a conference in Texas and had three days extra before her flight home. This was the main reason I even booked a flight to this side of the world in the first place. It was such a beautiful thing to be able to see her and spend so much time with her.
The baton was then passed to my lovely friend Jesse. Jesse and I are friends from Pai. We met in February and he is an incredibly talented fire spinner and fire-breather.
Jesse took me to his family home and let me stay there and we enjoyed so much good food and even better conversation. He really is a special human and took me under his wing.
The best day was when he took me out for a walk around the hills and then to this incredible vegan restaurant for a late lunch. It was amazing to be able to see him again.
Nuni and I met in Thailand, but only in passing whilst we were with a lot of our mutual friends. It was so flattering when she asked if I would like to stay with her whilst I was in Los Angeles. She, as well, took me into her family home in Pasadena. The four days we were together, she came down with a cold, so between her sniffy nose and my busted ankle, we were in a very lazy mood. So instead of feeling like we had to go here and there all the time, we sat back and enjoyed some stillness. This included a lot of just sitting in nature, backyard fire spins for each other and full moon meditations.
She is an incredible person and I am so thankful for her presence in my life and that we were able to connect so closely.
Zac was another Pai friend who agreed to put up with me in a car with him for about 7 hours as we drove from Los Angeles to San Fransico. It was such an epic time to be in a car with this man.
We drove along route 101 north by the coast and it was nothing short of spectacular. The highway just hugs the cliff line most of the way by Big Sur. We left at just the right time that we were able to enjoy the sunset over the Pacific ocean.
There was a moment on the road that I had the thought that if I was in a dream, and I woke up, I would be telling people about what an amazing dream I had just had. Driving with Zac, listening to music whilst the sun was setting over the ocean in California. What a time!
So I’m now in San Fransico and I never want to leave. This city is amazing and parts remind me a lot of Melbourne. I cannot thank the people I have around me enough for driving and housing me. I truly have the most epic friends going around.
A little analogy for you to finish this off this post.
If you look around, and you’re surrounded by ducks, it means that you’re probably a duck. That is to say that if you find yourself surrounded by really wonderful, inspiring people, it means that you fit in and you’re just like them.
Let’s all be ducks!