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Living in LA!

After all of the excitement of the wedding we decided we would need at least a couple of days to A. recover, B. See some of LA and C. spend some time with our great new friends. We totally moved into the apartment Megan had kindly lent us for a night or two (as we tend to do) and decided that we should do something to thank Megan,Aaron and Coco for being so much fun and helping us out so monumentally with the apartment, the outfits for the wedding and of course being fabulous Vamp bridesmaids (not retrospectively…although Im sure Aaron would have made an equally fab Vampy bridesmaid given the opportunity).At home in sunny old England we were known to entertain and our dinner parties with guest participation went down particularly well…so…on
hearing that Aaron actually only eats pizza we decided we would have a pizza making evening.


We made the dough, filled bowls with toppings and glasses with wine and watched the floury fun unfold!
We found out a little too late that the apartment didn’t have a rolling pin so an empty wine bottle would suffice and Megan provided a pizza stone and we all made our very own mini pizza’s. My favourite quote of the evening was Aarons response to the question “so how do you like your homemade pizza?” with “great, it’s fluffy; it’s light…it’s just right!” we all rolled around laughing and had a great night.


The next morning we were all a little delicate but Alex and I managed to return our rented halloween costumes that we hadn’t ended up wearing and then crashed out on the couch to recover from the madness of driving all the way down the west coast pretty much in a week, going to 3 parties…including the wedding and everything else we had managed to cram in! We were so grateful of somewhere to stay after a few days of roughing it before the wedding.

We spent the next few days really loving ‘living’ in west Hollywood. We returned the clothes to Clockwork Couture and saw the gorgeous Gin (the handsome cat) again, we went to meet Jaques, our good friend from the Hawaii Hilton Waikoloa wedding for coffee, as he was staying in LA for the night, we went to a surprise 30th birthday party for Eric (the guy doing card magic at the shark attackiversary) where Megan whooped Katherine Heigl’s ass at hula hooping and I drank THE worst beer I have ever tasted.
We went kitchen utensil shopping for Aaron after he swore he would never eat shop bought pizza again…we got him a rolling pin…and a pizza stone as the other one broke in my hand (truly, I didn’t even drop it!!!). We stocked up on rough guide books to USA, South America and Central America for our up and coming road trips, we wandered around shops we couldn’t afford to be in wearing shorts and flip flops in the rain and slipped and squelched our way down the aisles giggling like naughty kids and on Saturday we actually made it to do some sight seeing!
We got up early and headed straight for Venice beach. The sun was bright and the sky blue and we wandered bare foot all the way along the beach. We watched the skateboarders defy death, listened to the buskers trying to make music and smelled the cafe’s and bistro’s as we walked along. Its such an eclectic place, the homes lining the beach are of every shape and size and ALL fantastic with glass top to bottom, waterfalls cascading down their front doors, one even had a captains lookout with its very own chandelier…yet the street and beach is lined with the homeless.


The vendor stalls are mainly people making crafts to try to earn a few dollars, there’s a freak show offering bearded ladies and 2 headed children and then next door there is a shop selling $40 flip flops. Its so bizzarre and captivating at the same time. A completely mixed bag!


We walked a good couple of miles and headed back north to try to catch a glimpse of muscle beach but we didn’t see anyone working out, just strutting their stuff up and down the promenade on every method of wheeled of transport you have ever seen from bicycles to tandems, to roller skates or blades, to skate boards to snake boards…and all half naked and fast!

Once we arrived home we couldn’t be bothered to cook so invited the gang around to order in a take out. We had pulled the box of wine out of the van and the equivalent of 6 bottles of wine later we were dancing in the front room, I even learned how to do the dougie and in return we taught the ‘Americans’ how to play Roxanne! If you don’t know how to play watch the video!

Needless to say the following day was a complete write off but well worth the laughs!
We have said it before but we will say it again and again…and probably again, but as we continue on our amazing journey it is becoming more and more evident that it is not the things you see that make your time in a place memorable but the people you meet. I may forget the harbour in Nanaimo but will certainly never forget everything Clark and Angie have done for us and the time we have shared with them. I will very quickly forget the cemetary where Bruce Lee is buried, yet I will never forget the day we spent with Jonas and Mary. I will immediately forget the line of baby seagulls lined up on Venice boardwalk that we laughed at, but I will never forget Megan, Aaron, Coco and Tristan…friends that (maybe unfortunately for them) we will now have for the rest of our lives. We can’t wait to find our new home, wherever that may be, and to call of the Helen’s, Johnny’s, Karena’s,Garnett’s, Jaques’s,Kelli’s and Tawsha’s and invite them to come around so we can return the hospitalitly they have shown us. We can’t wait to be in a position to help total strangers the way all of
the people above…and many more…have helped us make our journey unforgettable!

See what happens next on our wedding travel adventure!


  1. Coco says:

    WOW. That video is AMAZING!

  2. Jacquie says:

    I sure caught the “flavour” of your LA experience. You made a great evening with the pizza making party and that crazy game of Roxanne! Never heard of that game before and I did expect one or two of you would fall over with all that whizzing around….lol It took me awhile to work out why the video would go blurry during the game….I’m guessing Alex was on the end of the camera and he was whizzing around too??

    You have stored up some great memories and as you say, met some wonderful friends along the way and you are only 5months into your two year journey. Keep having fun…I know that isn’t a problem for you both 🙂

    1. Lisa & Alex says:

      Haha, Yes Alex was with camera and joining in the drinking madness! Only 5 months in and we are already so lucky to have met so many people we now call friends…that includes you Jacquie! Thanks again for always getting the comment ball rolling! We look forward to your comments every time we post! Xxx

  3. Jonas Seaman says:

    Oh man. So much fun!!!

  4. Lorena says:

    Finally! I’ve caught up and read every post!! You two are so much fun to follow and your writing styles make it a joy to read!! I hope you don’t mind me living vicariously through you! 🙂

    Blessings to you as your travels and adventures continue!!

  5. Lorena says:

    I just saw this video and it made me think of you two. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57MakDoK624

    My husband and I have been married 23 years and our children are 20, 19 and 17. We are realizing more and more everyday the truth of this! Enjoy!

    1. Lisa & Alex says:

      Love the video, Glad you got caught up and we love the fact that you are enjoying the blog. Its great to know we are making you smile 🙂

  6. Barbara Tieman says:

    Hi again…..California seemed surreal to us when we were out there, sounds like you had a great time, I am sure you would. You two are very personable so I don’t doubt you would make many friends on your trip. It is a chance of a lifetime that few people ever get and I cannot think o f two more deserving. Keep up the good work in reporting, I read about every adventure….Be happy and SAFE…..XOXOXOXOX bARB

  7. Laura Tharpe says:

    Hello Lisa and Alex,
    I am Megan’s mother and quite enjoyed hearing about your fun nights in our WeHo apartment! Hope you were comfortable in it (other than no rolling pin:-) We just finished the re-hab of it, and didn’t get a chance to completely finish gathering all of the kitchen supplies….or art work….we just did the bare minimum: wine glasses and opener! But we are glad you were able to make yourself at home while there. I loved the photos and video, but especially loved the picture of Lisa napping on that comfortable sofa with the cozy throw blanket…it is my favorite place to be while there. I look forward to follow you on your journey, and if you get to Texas or Maui, there are places for you to stay there too!
    Much Aloha,

    1. Lisa & Alex says:

      Hi Laura, Thanks so much for letting us stay! We had a great time. Megan really is a gem and she looked after us like royalty! We are heading south in Mexico now but we will be sure to stop by in Texas to meet you on our way back up next year! xx

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