Trip Start Apr 16, 2010
25Trip End Jul 24, 2010
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We arrived in LAX on time, and it seemed that we were through customs and had our bags in no time at all. We then realised that we were a man down - Dan was having a lengthy discussion with a Customs Official. We suspect that it was no coincidence that the member with the biggest beard was held up for so long. 45 mins later, we were out in the open.
We were picked up by Caitlin, excited about our week staying with the Larkins family, and left feeling pretty cool riding towards Newport Beach in a gleaming Cadillac
Today was Jake's birthday, and we spent most of the day recovering from jet lag and preparing for a party in the evening. It was a great evening, and we enjoyed meeting a host of Jake's friends along with many others!
Depsite the overcast sky we headed to the beach, eager to attempt surfing. 'Attempt' being the operative word - Jake gave us a quick lesson and we spent a good while trying to stand up on the board with little success. We hope to get better. We did come away with one thing from the beach though - sunburn. Stef has some corking red lines where he missed with the suncream.
That evening we went to a fashion show involving Jake's girlfriend
Shortly after we made a quick exit and stopped at Yogurtland where we ate some awesome frozen yoghurt before heading to Casey's house, one of Jake's friends. This guy had one incredible house, and we spent the evening relaxing on his rooftop terrace overlooking the beach. We rounded off the night with our first 'In n Out' burger. Probably the best fast food burger you'll ever have.
Today was another chilled day, and we decided to hit the shops here. With Molly's guidance, we ended up buying yet more clothes and then had a quick pizza down by the beach. Late in the afternoon we enjoyed a church service at a lively American church before heading out in the evening to the cinema with the Larkin gang with Tim, Dan, and Ollie seeing Toy Story 3 and Stef watching Eclipse
The main news of today is that Dan has shaved his beard. Can you believe it?!
Other than that, today has been relaxed as ever and finally the sun has come out in full force! We spent hours in the neighbour's pool (who happens to be a Brit) and ate far too much homemade pizza in the evening. We have been treated so well!
We're having a great time here, feeling really chilled out and glad not to have to be on a coach everyday moving from place to place. Tomorrow it's Stef's birthday and we plan to get up early for some surfing, hopefully with more success this time. We have also confirmed plans to go to San Francisco later this week with Jon Kiani so are really excited for that.
Apologies for the lack of photos, Ollie's camera doesn't seem to want to upload at the moment...
Lots of love from Southern California!