Santa Monica, California


As you may know, I recently took some time off to travel to the United States. This was my first time visiting America and also my longest trip overseas! Myself, my partner Jesse and four friends travelled across the country for four weeks celebrating Christmas, my 25th birthday and New Years Eve – what a trip it was! As we covered so much ground I have decided to separate the blog posts by location, and order in which we travelled, starting with our first stop Santa Monica!

After (a long) 17 hours of travel we finally touched down in LA, greeted by the gorgeous West Coast of America - it really is picture perfect and something photos just can’t seem to do justice. The views of built up cities contrasted with the bordering mountains (some even snow capped!) continuously

Santa Monica was easily one of my favourite places on the trip, I think partly because this is where my American journey both began and ended. We were fortunate to be eased into the colder weather with warm winter days averaging 20 degrees.

After spending the day cruising around Santa Monica Boulevard, browsing the shops and a local farmers market we headed down to the pier for sunset. Music, bars, food carts and carnival rides, flashes of my memories of Brighton Beach immediately came to mind. As the sun went down over Santa Monica, the crowds grew bigger so we grabbed a table at Mariasol, a Mexican Restaurant located at the end of the pier. Treated to unlimited corn chips, top of the range tequila and the biggest frozen margaritas I have ever seen - I highly recommend stopping here for the view and some cheap eats!

A local suggested we also stop in at Big Dean’s for a beer – the understated, ocean front cafe and sports bar offered a nice spot to watch a game or two and wrap up our first night.

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