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Leaving LA to San Luis Obispo

4/1/2015

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A sad day today because we had to say goodbye to some new friends. In fact, they were a little more like family in the end. Alyssa will definitely miss the girls. I think if she had a choice, she would have foregone any of the sightseeing we did and just stayed home and played in the tree house (it's call a cubby house in Australia Sarah - you say tomato and I say tomato or should that be cucumber). The last 6 nights have been fabulous and have felt very much like home. Sonia and Sarah and the 3 girls have been great. This little gem is in a very convenient location and we were able to get around easily to Downtown, Hollywood, and Santa Monica and the bus stop is one block away and has a direct line to the Metro. There is even a grocery store within walking distance.

The other thing we really like about this little gem was how close it was to Lafayette Square (a small, semi-gated neighborhood). Lafayette Square consists of the most beautiful homes in architectural styles including Craftsman, Italianate and Spanish Revival and most of the homes have period details like balconies, stained glass windows etc (well worth a stroll through).

The girls have a 'seemingly fierce Puggle' named Frankie who regularly greeted us and everyone else that called around during our stay. And Albert (their handyman) has a very special spark (always smiling with a quick wit) and we will miss his insistent requests to take him with us (to Australia that is!).

On New Years Day they invited us to have soup and curry/rice with them, and meet some friends (the kids were having a play date). We met Mike, Laura, and their son, and Louis, Lizbeth and their 3 kids. It was a kids play date (9 kids in total), but I think it ended up being just as much fun for the adults. My friends Lisa and Vanessa would be happy to know that they do "stitch & bitch" in America as well. A little less of the "bitching" and much more of the "stitching" though because Sonia, Laura and Lizbeth had their sewing machines out on the table and were sewing pouches (Laura says they are instant gratification), pajama pants and lengthening ski pants. Once the stitching was finished it was time for Louis to show us a game named "bucket". Great game and Sarah & I had it all wrapped up, but as soon as we started talking smack to Nick and Laura, they upped the anti and came home strong to win the overall game. Later, when all the kids were being ushered out the door, Laura and I discussed how to make it a drinking game. It turned out to be a great night and will definitely be a night we will remember for sometime to come.

We must move on though and today we travelled along the Pacific Coast Highway to San Luis Obispo to a beautiful setting sun over the ocean to the west.

Posted by V3USA 20:36

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Hey Guys

Great updates, so good to hear it is going well. Stunned about the 6 months! Back to work today for some of us which has been lovely.......

Travel safe and talk soon

K

by Karlisa

There's still more stitchin' to be done. Thank you for the laughs and Aussie language course 101. I hope all is well in San Francisco.
Have a blast!

by Sonia

I had to look close to find you in that photo Ronnie :)

by Vyrene Smith

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