A perfect time

Today, exactly two years ago, three of my favorite people arrived in LA for a fantastic 3,5 weeks-vacation.

Basti, Mom and Dad
Basti (my cousin, who’s like a little brother to me), my Mom and Dad

It truly feels like it was just a few weeks ago, but it has been two whole freakin’ years. Unbelievable. I love to think back to the wonderful time that we spent together. It was shortly before I started my job back up in Northern California and a perfect ending to my time of  unemployment :)

With all honesty, I can say that this trip was probably one of the best times I ever had. I am not even kidding (even though I’ve had quite some good other times).
I might repeat myself (shut up!) if I say that I am one of the very rare creatures that never gets enough of their family. I mean, never ever. You could lock me in a single room with them for a week and we wouldn’t be scratching each others eyes out. I don’t know how many people can actually, honestly say that.

My parents had planned to come and visit this summer again, as their birthday gift to themselves (they both turn 60 this fall). A stupid unexpected bill crushed their dream and much sadder than I am for myself, I am for my parents who had really been looking forward to this trip. We had such a fantastic time together the last time they were here and we would have very much liked to repeat it.

For now, all we can do is reminisce…

Ferris Wheel

Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel

Basti and San

Basti and Sandra in Ventura


Flagstaff, Arizona

@ the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Basti and the Slot Maschine

Have a guess :) (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point… (it was so hot, you didn’t even notice that you were sweating!)

Touching the seastars

Sea World, San Diego, California

Balboa Park

Balboa Park, San Diego, California

Frappuccino time :)

Frappuccino Time… in La Jolla, California

at the studio

in the Rehearsal Studio in Westwood, California

Chinese Theater

Hollywood, California

4th of July BBQ

4th of July BBQ in the park

my Dad and the Sequoia

Sequoia Trees in Yosemite National Park

Basti and Dad had a long day :)


Italian Café

North Beach San Francisco, California

Basti and Mom being goofy

Monterey, California


Highway 1

Bubba Gump's @ the Santa Monica Pier

Bubba Gump’s in Santa Monica, California

Dad, Basti and Mom

Ghetty Museum Brentwood, California (in the background: Westwood)

  1. Oh man, I still remember how I followed your travel blog back then and how much I loved it! Might have been a tad bit jealous as well, what a dream vacation!

    I’m thinking back one year a lot these days, too! Today a year ago we swam with the dolphin :-)

    It’s so sad to hear that your parents can’t come over this year but I’m sure there will be another opportunity!

  2. Oh no, that’s bad news. I am so sorry for you and of course your parents that they can’t make it.

    Time flies the past 3 years. Before you have time to take summer in it’s autumn again and soon winter. Every year passes by quicker then the last one.

  3. *sniff* i’m so sorry they won’t make it. still hoping to see you in D this summer/fall though! *fingersrossed* HDGDL!

  4. Wow, I can’t believe that was 2 years ago. Time flies!

    Sorry your parents can’t come to visit this summer. Are you going to Germany instead? Or are you saving your vacation days for Christmas?

  5. That’s amazing! I remember when you were on this trip! OMG, I started reading you just before you moved to the USA from Germany. How long ago was that? Yes, time does fly by.

  6. You have such a beautiful family. :]

  7. When you mentioned that their trip here was 2 years ago, I realized that I’ve been reading your blog for years!! Funny how these blogger friendships work… time goes by so quickly!

  8. wow, except two places that is exactly the same trip I made with my parents in ’03, that’s funny :) same travelguides?

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