My journey in Asia had finally come to an end and it was time to embark on a new adventure in the consumerist capital of the world: The USA!
After 3 flights and over 20 gruelling hours of travelling I arrived at LAX ready to once again meet my big bro and his Travel Fashion Fiance. I was scooped up at the airport and taken to their apartment on Venice beach. It was a quick two day pit stop in LA before flying north to Oregon. Within this time I gorged on incredible foods including tacos, sushi, fresh crab, shrimp, and the infamous ‘In n Out’ burger! I walked along the boardwalk, sampled local beers and drank away the jet lag…It was a fleeting visit, but a fantastic start to my American Adventure!
I headed north to Oregon where I spent a week with my friend Sarah who I met in Thailand. It was a fantastic introduction to Oregon as I was invited to Sarah’s cousins wedding in Corvallis. We helped with last minute wedding preparations and enjoyed a beautiful ceremony and reception.
After the festivities Sarah took me back to her home town where I met her family and visited the awesome Coffee Cottage! We ran up and down the sand dunes at the coast; jumped into icy rivers at the three pools; watched movies at the drive in and went wine tasting in the countryside!
At the weekend we headed to Portland, where we stayed with Sarah’s aunt in an artist studio. We ate fantastic sushi and wondered through the Saturday Market sampling local delighta. In the evening it was time to say goodbye to Sarah (an amazing host) and meet up with my couch surfing host Andy.
I spent the rest of the weekend with Andy and three other couchsurfers. We stayed in his room in an artist collective (a bit like halls) and explored a little more of the city. We spent the evening on a Butte looking out over Portland and spent the following day bin diving at the Goodwill outlet (some might call it Good Will Hunting). In the evening two of the surfers, Joe and Amy, made us a British pie for dinner, which we consumed as one big family. It was a wonderful introduction to the couchsurfing world!
The following day I jumped on a train to head south to San Francisco. The 17 hour journey was not as bad as expected, and a spacious seat, some good books and a couple of beers was all I needed to get me through.
I hit San Francisco at 10am and found myself completely lost in the middle of a bustling city. I eventually got my bearings and headed into Noe Valley to meet my second couchsurfing host, Regina. I was welcomed in with open arms and was given a whole bed to myself!
After some lunch and a much needed shower I explored Noe Valley and Mission District, taking in the culture and incredible architecture. The following day I jumped on a bike tour and ventured across the amazing Golden Gate Bridge. I met two Welsh girls and spent time with them shopping, eating cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory and Clam Chowder on Pier 39!
I have loved every minute of my West Coast Journey but am ready to head back to LA and await the arrival of the rest of the Jarvis clan!