and so it begins

today marks two months since we headed off on our wonderful whirlwind holiday.
it was pure magic & i thought it was only fitting to share some photos from our trip.
the flight over was a total eye opener!
we flew business class with Virgin & it was an absolute dream!
(that was the first clue that this was no ordinary trip! come on guys – we were flying business class! of course we were plotting something! haha)
the champagne! the food! the leg space! the beds?!! did i mention the champagne?!

over the next few days i’ll share some of our many photos, while simultaneously wishing i was back there doing it all over again πŸ˜‰ pure magic!

here we go!
celebratory champagne
cheers to adventure!
Mikey relaxing with the paper
some (more) pre-dinner drinks & snacks
our view below

now the food was just out of this world! some of the tastiest food i ate on this holiday was on our flights (both over & back!)
this wasn’t even all of it! so so tasty

with ridiculously full bellies & the nice calming effects of the wine, it was time to get ready for bed…
our beds all sectioned off in our own little “cabin”
i got engrossed watching Looper (oh JGL! be still my heart!)
but the ceiling resembled the night sky, which was so very pretty to fall asleep to

we slept so soundly in fact, that the morning was quite a rushed blur.
our ear plugs worked a little too well so the poor flight steward had to gently shake my arm to wake me! hahaha! breakfast was delicious, but i was so sleepy i forgot to take a photo!

the time difference meant that we landed in LA before we actually left Melbourne!
haha hello again february 26th!
we grabbed our hire car & joined the rest of LA on the freeway
Mikey driving on the wrong side of the car on the wrong side of the road πŸ˜‰
our first stop was coffee at the Hart & the Hunter – the cutest little cafe in the foyer of our hotel
who knew you could get such great coffee in LA?! so delicious
this is the only picture we managed to snap of the outside of our hotel
funny story about the PaliHotel is that it was previously the Orbit Hostel – the same place where we both happened to be staying after we met in San Francisco 10 years ago! needless to say, this place holds a lot of memories for us πŸ˜‰
i was a little bit in love with this glass door
like all good tourists, we straight away started documenting the room
while the Pali Hotel does have all the looks of a great boutique hotel, when you get down to it, it just felt like staying at the Orbit Hostel – but with a paint job.
(almost certain the bedding is still remnant from it’s hostel days – which is kind of scary!)
don’t get me wrong, it’s super cute & all, but definitely not worth the money they are charging.
we spent the rest of the day out at the office so Mike could catch up with all the guys to discuss San Jose & the film premiere, so by the time we got back to West Hollywood we were super tired & super hungry…
so enter Mikes wonderful dinner suggestion…
of In-N-Out Burger!
burger & fries – animal style! oh man, was it delicious!
the fries were seriously too much for me (look at that??? it’s crazy!)
but it’s definitely one of, if not the tastiest burger i’ve ever eaten
(& i sure do eat a lot of burgers! hah!)
the perfect end to our first day in the USA

(i just realised that this blog posts makes it seem like all we do is eat!)


…and we’re back…

two incredible weeks have passed in the blink of an eye
how is our trip over already?!
with good coffee, delicious food (hello in-and-out burger! omg!!), star-struck moments, red carpet events, amazing people, vintage dresses, twin peaks geekiness…
…& the most exciting surprise of all…
it was the most amazing holiday ever
(i’ll spill the beans soon! promise!)

on the road

i’m not going to lie…when i first heard they were turning On The Road into a movie, i was nervous.
i even put off listening to or reading anything about it, especially once i heard Kristen Stewart was involved! (no offence to the girl, but i’ve seen all the Twilight movies & while the teeny in me loved them, it had nothing to do with her “acting“…)

anyway…yesterday Mike sat me down & announced that he was going to show me the trailer…
i was tense. i know it’s ridiculous, but this book, these words…they changed the way my life was headed at a time when i most needed it & i didn’t want anything to tarnish that…

i was blown away.
there i was, sitting there just waiting to tear it to shreds, when instead, i found myself sitting & watching, tears in my eyes & goosebumps covering my entire body.
maybe it was because they used my favourite quote:

or maybe it was because they actually got it right.
they somehow managed to capture the essence of the book..(well, as much as a short trailer can show of it anyhow!)
i can’t wait to see it. it reignited that passion in me, just like the book did all those years ago.
On The Road was a life changer.

i received my copy 10 years ago, right before i embarked on my trip of a lifetime! i was 18 years old, had purchased the biggest, brightest suitcase i could find & waited till 4am the morning of my flight to finish packing. i packed my “life” in that suitcase. all 32kg of it (how on earth i managed to carry it, i have no idea!!)
this book was in there too & when you look at the pages it’s so easy to see.
dogeared, yellowed & ink stained, it’s a reminder of the journey that i embarked on & the choices i made.
the inscription in the front never fails to warm my heart as it’s from a dear, dear friend who i’ve known for most of my life ❀

after 9 months of travelling, i hit a wall. a huge wall that seemed to tower over me & i was powerless to escape it.
i sought solace in this book. in the hope & joy and wild abandon of its pages.
then… i quit my job in Canada, bought a greyhound bus pass & packed a teeny tiny backpack.
i planned a 2-3week journey travelling down the west coast of America. I wanted to visit the redwood forest & travel down the 101, but a mudslide forced a direct bus trip to San Francisco…& there I met Mike.

after 3 weeks of bumping into each other by accident & on purpose, we got a driveway car (a concept i only knew of from reading On The Road) & left LA for the long drive to Florida.
i threw all my plans out the window
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we saw giant crosses
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my navigation got us stuck in snowstorms…
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got stranded in Flagstaff
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visited oklahoma
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drove along route 66
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we even ended up in New Orleans on Fat Tuesday!

…and when we finally made it to Florida (after an undocumented stay in Miami…?! how funny life was before digital cameras!)
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we jumped a greyhound bus for the 2 1/2 day trip up to NYC.

this random road trip would not have come about if it wasn’t for this book.
the words inspired me so much that i made a drastic change, i grabbed life with both hands & possibly scared the crap out of it for a while πŸ˜‰
i was reckless & made decisions that probably made my families hair stand on end (hiring a car to drive across america with a man you’ve just met…? are you out of your mind?!!), but i felt alive & inspired & so very full of life!
i took a chance & said yes & it’s such a beautiful thing to look back on.

here’s hoping this movie will inspire a whole new generation, & maybe re-inspire those who have forgotten that thrill of being on the road…


(…and thank you Jadey for the kindest gift. it was more then suitable company. love you…)