Hi, hello! It’s been a while since I last posted something here on the blog, and I apologize for that. But as you all know, the times have been crazy… The coronavirus really took us all by storm and it’s definitely such an interesting time to be alive! So, to update you all on my situation as I still am in California, I thought I’d give you a little California update in these corona times. Read on…
So, what’s been up in my life lately, since my last update on my time here in California..? Well, I’ve found love.
Update: Hello from the future. This is me updating the text on Sunday 6th of September 2020. After the “I’ve found love” statement, I had a whole lot written about soul mates… But I have to remove it because it breaks my heart too much reading it now afterward. But yeah, I found love in California in February 2020. It was fun, it was weird, it was amazing. But it ended… And you can thank corona for that.
Speaking of the love I’ve found, we went on a road trip to Las Vegas just before the corona outbreak. It was just a quick one-night-getaway, but it really was so much fun anyway! The drive from LA to Las Vegas is not the most interesting one, especially not during the dark (we drove there after sunset), but it was still so worth it. I love road trips! And since I had a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth over my last trip to Las Vegas, it was nice to be back and this time leave with better feelings. Now I can’t wait for the next time we’ll go back, and hopefully have a proper Las Vegas experience!
Enough about the previous happenings, what about now, in the middle of the corona outbreak? Well, it has definitely been kind of tough being in LA during these horrible corona times. Renting a small room in the middle of Hollywood, that you rented for the short distance to Runyon Canyon is not the most fun when Runyon Canyon is closed, haha. I’m in the middle of it all and it actually feels a bit claustrophobic for a girl who’s used to being surrounded by nature.
To escape the city and enjoy the beach towns instead (and also to self-isolate together, instead of apart), me and the boy stayed in an Airbnb in Marina del Rey a couple of days this past week. It really was such a perfect time to get away to breathe some fresh ocean air… I honestly felt like I was going nuts here in Hollywood, but spending a couple of nights close to the ocean being able to spend some time on the beach, reset my mind and I now feel sane again. And it turns out it was perfect timing… Because as of yesterday, all beaches here in LA are now closed. Of course, I have a full understanding, but I do think it is really sad… From my own experience spending a couple of days at the beach in Marina Del Rey/Venice a couple of days, people were really good at social distancing, and I was actually all alone on the beach walking the other night – so I am a little bit shocked of the drastic shutdown. But oh well, as I said, I do understand it. I just really, really feel so bad for all of the people going nuts inside right now, a walk on the beach breathing in some salty air and sunshine could really work wonder for a lot of us right now (just as it did for me), but no can do.
My plan for the coming weeks? Well, I need to leave the country. It feels really sad leaving, California feels like home and I actually had some plans on going to either Australia or Stockholm after my time here in California, but nope – returning to Finland because of corona… So, sad. But I’ve accepted my fate and it feels (almost) fine. What’s tricky is though that my original flights with SAS were canceled, and I had to buy new ones with Finnair/British Airways that aren’t all the way home to Vasa, but only to Helsinki… And, that is tricky because I land late in the evening and the flight I’d usually take home is not operating right now, so I need to go by train… BUT then the train doesn’t leave until the morning, so I’m gonna have to sleep at the airport I guess.
Ugh. Oh well, I hope it’ll work out for the best. Even though I really don’t want to leave, I must say that I do look forward to seeing my family & friends (after some quarantining), eating some gluten-free Kaurasydän (those who know – know!), Easter candy (yeah I allow myself to eat candy twice a year – Christmas and Easter), and breathing some clean Nordic air. I am leaving my heart in California though, and that already brings me to tears just writing it. But it’ll all work out, and I hope I will be back in California soon again.
Stay safe everyone and just remember that panic never solves anything, nor does fear. Heads above water and focus on happy thoughts, right? 🖤