Good morning y’all!!
Today, I will be writing my last travelogue from our Road Trip Galore.
This will conclude the trip, but I will write some more about my biggest impressions from the trip, and I will also tell you all what Karolina is up to these days.
Those posts will be published later this week.
Travelogue from Los Angeles Part 2 …
This is the view from Karolina's street. She lives in one of the many, many canyons of LA.
This is the girls front porch.
Peter, Keith, Karolina and I were staying in an Airbnb in West Hollywood as we helped move Karolina in.
This Airbnb was not the best one I’ve stayed in. Far from it, actually. Not up to par, not the cleanest and not the finest. Oh well …
It is what it is.
We stayed in a little, old house in a busy intersection where the traffic was buzzing by all times of the day.
Sure, it is not like we spent a heck of a lot of time at this place. Oh no, not all all.
Most of the time was spent in Karolina’s apartment.
After breakfast, and a trip to DMV before that (Peter and Karolina) we all went over to the apartment.
IKEA delivered all the furnitures during the morning hours.
Peter and Keith spent the rest of the day assembling the bed, book case, vanity, chest of drawers …
They were working HARD!
No rest for them.
Karolina and I had to go BACK to IKEA again. We had to pick up a crucial piece for the bed that IKEA did not have in stock the day before, the ever so important crossbar.
So back to Burbank we went, over the hills again.
Karolina and I also went to HomeGoods where we bought a lot of stuff as well.
Target? Sure, sure, sure … that one, too.
It took us ALL day, more or less.
The second night in LA we had dinner at The Groove. A big outdoor--very popular-- town center.
No, it was not too warm ...
Day two Peter and Karolina had to go back to the DMV AGAIN!!! DMV (DMV, trafiksäkerhetsverket) is just not a good place to visit (nine times out of ten, at least).
They can be really hard to deal with, they are not really famous for being service minded, they wont budge what so EVER if they see fit.
Karolina’s car is now finally registered in the state of California, but OOOO boy did it take time! AND, ooooo boy was it expensive. Ridiculous. Not to mention ALL the hours Karolina and Peter had to spend at several DMV offices around Hollywood.
Keith and I headed for the apartment via UBER. We continued the fixings there.
Like curtains, ironing, working on the last pieces of furnitures. The finer stuff.
As always, we were all a little too busy.
KAROLINA'S ROOM!! Done and done!!
In the late afternoon we said, NUFF NOW!!
Let’s head to the ocean!
And, off we went. Venice Beach, here we come.
We walked around Venice and smelled the salty air. Peter said that he finally relaxed as soon as he got to the ocean.
Pacific Ocean did have a pacifying effect on us all, haha.
Karolina on the pier in Venice.
We took Pacific Highway up to Malibu and had dinner at a restaurant right on the water. We needed that. It was awesome.
Maybe our best hours on this trip in California, to be honest.
Venice Beach was not too warm this Wednesday afternoon.
Our splendid dinner view in Malibu.
And then it was Thursday.
Our last day.
We went to breakfast at this famous joint on Sunset Boulevard, The Griddle Cafe.
Holy moly, you guys should have seen the pancakes they serve there. Peter and Karolina ordered them.
I have never seen ANYTHING like it before. A stack of five pancakes, big as a cake!
To be honest, why even serve pancakes this many, and this big? What a WASTE!!
I had an omelette as always, I cannot resist an omelette. Peter and Karolina usually cannot resist pancakes.
But, it was fun being in this busy restaurant.
Crazy big pancakes at The Griddle Cafe on Sunset.
We went to Target afterwards, and to Trader Joe’s to buy groceries.
Yes, we spent the remaining time we had in LA at Karolina’s apartment, putting away groceries and fixing tiny little last things …
The view from Trader Joe's, a stones throw from Karolina's place.
And, then it was time to leave for LAX.
Time to say goodbye.
We took an UBER to the airport. No, we did not want Karolina to drive us all the way to LAX.
It was time to give hugs and kisses as the UBER pulled up. NOT a fun moment.
I am glad I wore really dark sun glasses …
It was a strange feeling to wave good bye to Karolina as we drove away … SO uncertain, so sad in many ways, but also exciting for Karolina OF COURSE. A big bag of mixed emotions, let me tell you!
Karolina put on a brave face-- as always-- as we were leaving her behind.
No, not a fun moment. Bye, bye dear Karolina.
The classic LAX-sign ...
So, to LAX we went.
And, the flight to Dulles Airport was on time.
And, we boarded.
And, we took a loop over the Pacific Ocean before the plane headed east and inland …
Bye LA! Bye California and BYE darling daughter somewhere down there underneath us …
And, off we went ... Bye for now, Los Angeles and Karolina!
It got dark fast as we were traveling east into the night.
Yet again it hit me how much inhibited space we have here in the US. SO many rural areas, so much undeveloped land.
Yes, I love that so much.
We touched ground at Washington Dulles after midnight.
It was snowing and sleeting as we landed. Keith took an Uber to his place. Peter and I took a cab to Reston. We live so close to Dulles, about a ten minute car ride away. THAT I love!
We were home again …
Aaaand, back in Northern Virginia again ... In the snow and sleet ... AND the cold!
Our deck in the middle of the night as we return home.
It took us eleven days to travel from Reston to LA, and five hours to fly back.
And with this, dear readers, our Road Trip Grande was over.
I wish you all a good and nice Tuesday!