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It's the final countdown....

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Oh my gosh. I remember writing my first blog post 8 months ago. Where did the time go???

Hope you enjoy the last installment!


5th Jan

Shopping! We drove all the way to Camarillo Premium outlets which is a 45 min drive from Van Nuys. We passed Calabasas on the way and I spotted Kim Kardashian driving around (jokes).

This place was huge and we were there for 5 hrs and only covered 1/3 of the place! Lots of bargains though!

We also found out today that Lidia had managed to get us tickets to Ellen for Thursday - super excited!!!

Santa Barbara

6th Jan

Road trip to Santa Barbara which is only a 1 hr 15 min drive from LA. The drive was spectacular along the coast. It's supposed to be winter here but it sure feels like summer!

The amazing views on our road trip...

Santa Barbara is beautiful! We walked along the ocean front and pier where we saw about 8 dolphins swimming - so amazing! We then enjoyed a lovely lunch in the sunshine before checking into our motel.


Dinner in the old town which is really cute! Love it here.

7th Jan

We were supposed to head back to LA today BUT we decided to stay another night in Santa Barbara ;-).

We slept in and lazed about watching tv all morning and then headed out into the glorious sunshine (it's about 30 degrees today)!

Santa Barbara is gorgeous. We spent the afternoon exploring, had some lunch then Yuri got a massage while I got a mani and pedi!

The sky as the sun was setting was magical so we drove up to the Santa Barbara mission to take some photos.


8th Jan

We headed back to LA in the morning after a ridiculously big breakfast at Denny's.

Crazy beautiful drive home...

Lidia had worked her magic and somehow got us VIP tickets to The Ellen Show! We got to Warner Bros Studios about 4:30 pm and were ushered into the riff raff room for a while and then taken inside the studio! So so cool to be there and we had really great seats. There was a guy out the front warming us up for a bit and then all of a sudden Ellen was walking out and the show was starting. First guest was Kayley Cuoco-Sweeting which was awesome because we both love The Big Bang Theory! Next was Melissa McCarthy! She is hilarious! We had so much fun. Danced our asses off and laughed a hell of a lot. Awesome, awesome day!


9th Jan

Today was a big, big day of... Shopping!!!! 12 till 9 pm on our feet (spending up big though so I can't complain too much)! We headed to some outlets and everything was so ridiculously cheap. After wearing the same clothes literally day in and day out for 8 months, it's so nice to buy new clothes! Oh and why do we pay SO much in Australia for everything????

10th Jan

LA is finally getting some much needed rain so we had a fairly lazy day in catching up with Lidia and Raul, sorting out luggage and watching TV. Super lazy!

11th Jan

More shopping! Hope we can fit it all in the suitcases! We are now up to 4 suitcases, we've had to pay for 2 extra!

12th Jan


What a fun day acting like kids again! This really is the happiest place on earth!

I'll let the photos do the talking!

We also found out we're famous while we were there! Messages streaming in from Australia to say we had been spotted on the Ellen show - awesome!


13th Jan

Grand Central Market for lunch which was super yummy. We saw some filming for a movie or TV show while we were walking about - cool! We then headed to Hollywood. Hollywood Blvd was partially closed, manned by police so not sure what was going on there!?!


Last supper with Raul and Lidia in the evening. AMAZING people that we can't thank enough for all the hospitality they have shown us - WOW! Sometimes thank you just isn't enough...


14th Jan

One more sleep till we fly home!

Feeling nervous and excited, cannot wait to see our peeps!

We spent the day packing then dinner at home with Raul and Lidia....


So now that it's all over, how do we feel?

Incredibly grateful, blessed and happy. Most of all we feel lucky! We traveled the world for 8 months and I know that it's hard for some to take even just a 1 week holiday.

We visited 8 countries (30 cities), made new friends, spent time with old friends, saw unbelievable things with our own eyes and enjoyed EVERY SINGLE MOMENT!

We started on the 3rd May in London then flew over to Argentina (oh how we love this country), World Cup in Brazil (what an experience), first time in Colombia (wow), El Salvador with Yuri's parents (priceless), Mexico with Yuri's parents (priceless), and then on our own (Mexico, you have our hearts), Cuba (what an experience) and the USA (back to the "western world" and we loved every single second)!

I have to thank my gorgeous husband and partner in crime, Yuri (aka Babe)! Our third long haul trip and by far the most memorable I think. THANK YOU!

Thanks also to everyone that read this blog and liked our photos, I know I was jamming up everyone's newsfeed!

Until the next adventure, that's all folks!

Posted by sandyandyuri 09:42 Archived in USA

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