I know what you’re going to say and it’s true – I’ve been really blowing it with my blog game. I can’t even remember when or what I last posted, although I guess I could easily just go onto my blog and do that. With that being said, here I am! Back from the walking, talking, playing sports dead and I wish I was here sooner. I’ve been on so many great weekend trips I need to share about. But that’s all in the past and maybe I’ll go back but first, we’re going to look towards the future. I am currently on a 10-day Cali trip that includes the OC, San Diego and Los Angeles! It’s kind of crazy how the trip gelled itself together. Bare with me, if you will …
I’ll begin with Vegas. Last weekend was my girlfriend’s wedding. A month before that was her bachelorette party in Vegas. Long story short, aside from me being lame, I had befriended a couple of guys on the trip and I know what you’re thinking, it’s not like that. Never did I get creeper vibes (and trust me, my creeper radar is on point) and so I felt it was okay to continue conversation. We soon realized we both played volleyball although I had kind of moved on from the sport a little while back. He said that I should come out to this volleyball tournament they play in San Diego every year and while I said, “Yeah maybe!” I was really thinking, “Yeah right, buds. No chance I’m coming out to Cali just to play in a volleyball tournament.”
Fast forward to when I actually decided I wanted to go to LA. I thought of my OC friend and figured, maybe I’ll check out the OC since I’ve never been there. When he had asked me what dates I was going to be in town, I told him and he said that the volleyball tournament he was talking about was going to be that weekend that if it wasn’t taking away from my vacation experience, that I should play. I thought about it for a second then agreed, “Yeah, what the hell! Might as well!”
Which leads to today.
I am currently in San Diego at the San Diego Volleyball Club (gym) waiting for our next game. I had no idea what to expect when I got here because I literally only knew one person and I didn’t come out to see him. I was picked up by two of the people of my team and within half an hour of meeting everybody else, I felt extremely comfortable. These people are some of the nicest, most chill, fun and hospitable people I’ve ever met! The tournament was intense, the level of play is extremely competitive but it’s been great. The style is different than what I’m used to in Vancouver. In Vancouver, you’re extremely lucky if you have a good female setter, that way you have more male hitters. Here, every single team has a really good female setter. I’m not even being biased when I say our team has one of the best setters. Secondly, none of the girls ever hit. We play defense and cover our hitters. So strange to me but it makes sense. The players are really strong and you need to put up a good block to stay in the game.
After the tournament, we headed back to the hotel and hopped into the pool and got some booze into our system. I ended up teaching a couple people some swimming lessons and played catch with three of the cutest sisters ever! We then got ready and headed into Gaslamp (downtown) where we had dinner and drinks at a spot called “The Tipsy Crow”. It was a really fun spot – two levels with great food and games to play with including mega-sized Connect Four and Wii. Unfortunately, I pulled my typical Grandma status and left at midnight the second we got to the club. (Seriously, what’s wrong with me these days?!!!)
Moving on, after this we’ll probably have dinner and then head back into the OC where I’ll take a train out of Irvine and into Downtown LA. I’m really looking forward to it, I’ve never been on a train before! It’s too bad it didn’t work out to train from San Diego because I hear the train ride is along the water and I would’ve been riding along the coast with the sun going down. I’ve already decided I want to to go on a train tour next summer along the coast – how amazing would that be?!
To add to the perfection of this trip, who other than my hometown city’s soccer team will be playing LA Galaxy that Saturday before I leave! It’s just perfect, absolutely perfect. A nice little getaway with lots of movement in between.
So far, I’ve been really taken aback (in a good way) at how perfect strangers can just really share an experience from scratch. I am so humbled by how open and inviting this group of people have been and I feel really blessed to have met them. We’ve already shared so many laughs and it’s as if I’ve known them for years. I love that that can happen from nothing. From a simple thought of visiting friends in LA has transformed into new friendships that will last a lifetime and unforgettable experiences to go along with it. I encourage all of you to be open to experiences like this where you can just go with the flow, keep an open heart and mind and just really let the course of things to happen naturally. Not everything you want to happen will happen exactly the way you want it to but remember that what happens happens for a reason. Bottom line, just let it be! And with that, I wish you all a great week. I dare you to try something new and out of your comfort zone this week – it could be something as simple as getting to know someone you initially didn’t want to know.
Next up, LA! Ciao, bellas.