So Long, Farewell, Aufwiederzen, Goodbye!
Trip Start Apr 16, 2010
25Trip End Jul 24, 2010
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Los Angeles, California
was our first day in Anaheim, staying in a pretty luxurious appartment. We awoke with one aim for the day - baseball! The appartment is located literally in the parking lot of the angels baseball team, so the four of us headed over after watching a couple episodes of 'The OC'. We rocked up to the stadium a little late, but this worked out In our favour as we stumbled upon our very own angel in the form of a local cop. He quietly offered us tickets while standing suspiciously in the shade of a nearby tree; we asked him "how much my good man" and he
replied, "free". We couldn't believe our luck, and walked into the stadium feeling rather elated
On returning to the appartment, we decided to head to the rooftop pool to see out the afternoon. On arrival we felt like we'd walked onto a set from 'the OC' (which we had just seen another episode of, incidently) as we were greeted by pumping music and a lot of 'cool' looking people. We felt well out of our depth, bringing out our white bodies and applying suncream. To
compensate for this and blend in slightly more, we decided to get in the pool with our shades on. They just got wet and we couldn't really see much, but everyone was doing it so that makes us cool, right?! After a quick dinner at a local pizzaria, it was time to chill out to a
film and get some kip.
We awoke late morning and headed straight to Denny's; Stef ordered the 'all you can eat pancakes' and immediately regretted it
Another chilled but fun day today - we went for some sightseeing down in Balboa Island, making
thr essential stop in the Balboa Candy Store before going furher along the coast to see Crystal Cove State Park and getting a shake at the 'Shake Shack' which overlooks the cove. Divine! It was then back to the Larkins where we tried our hand at painting their upstairs living room under the guidance of Edward, our artist maestro.
We left with our extended party (Tonna, Edward, Kate, Lilly and later, Jake) for the OC county fair. On arrival we purchased our $25 wristbands which gave us access to all the rides and proved well worth our money
Our last full day of travelling, and my was it a good'un. It was time for Dan, Ollie and Tim to come good with their birhday present to Stef which was a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood! Had the three of us known the price of an entrance ticket these days, we wouldve thought twice efore dishing out for this present. Thankfully, we found a good deal with Coca Cola to save us some coin - happy birthday Stef!
The theme park was a quality day, we managed to get on every ride which we wanted and the highlight being the studio tour which included the new 3D King Kong show and for all those Desperate Housewives addicts out there you'll be jealous to hear that we got to drive down Wisteria Lane! We rounded off a great day with the Water World Show before getting some pizza - the last supper
Today we said a very sad goodbye to the larkins, who have been incredible to us from our arrival
at LAX over 2 weels ago. You guys are the best! We are now writing this sitting in LAX airport departure lounge, gate 23A to be precise. It is with bittersweet feelings that we return home. This trip has surpassed all of our expectations and it has been one of the most amazing experiences of our lives that any of us have ever had. I'm welling up, are you?! But seriously, it has been an incredible journey full of fantastic hospitality and brilliant people, not least each other! Thanks to you guys for all your great comments and for keeping up with us and our shenanigans. It's been a hoot!
For the last time, goodbye and big love from the crew: