Christmas is absolutely completely and utterly my 100% most favourite time of the year without a single shadow of a doubt. I’m so glad I decided to go back home and spend it surrounded by my mental family and friends. I was only home for two weeks which flew in ridiculously quickly, but the 10000 mile round trip was more than worth it for 13 nights in my own bed. Although, to be fair a 10 hour flight isn’t all that difficult when you’re FLYING FIRST CLASS. Yes that’s right- Uncle George strikes again! I actually tried to write this post while I was on the flight back from the States but I had eaten so much that all the oxygen in my entire body was being diverted to my digestive system so I could hardly string a sentence together. I think the fact that I ate an amuse-bouche of quail before my three course meal pretty much tells you all you need to know about flying first class. That and the fact that you get free pyjamas with ‘First Class’ embroidered on them. Lol’ing at cattle class (although the laughs will turn to sobs when I’m papped off of staff travel once this trip is done).
Before returning to Glasgow I spent a brilliant couple of days in San Francisco with the aforementioned Uncle. We ate a lot (food is a running theme in this post), went to see The Hunger Games 2 (the sad thing about going to see it with two men over the age of 40 is that there is no-one to fangirl over Liam Hemsworth with), did a bit of shopping and went to Alcatraz. Alcatraz was amazing, I’d strongly recommend going if you ever find yourself in that neck of the woods.
My Uncle was actually Captain on the plane that took me home, I felt like a bit of a celeb strolling through security with the crew. It took me about 15 minutes to get from the door of SF airport to the gate. How am I ever going to travel any other way? I need to be super rich when I’m older- there’s no two ways about it.
I’ve now been back in Davis for just under a fortnight, I’m in my second week of classes. So far they don’t seem quite as scary as they did last semester! However, I did well in my exams last quarter and have a 4.0 GPA (OMG HOW AMERICAN).
Last weekend I went to Yosemite for a weekend of outdoor fun. I went with Davis Outdoor Adventures, so essentially with seven complete randoms but thankfully they were sound randoms so I had an absolute blast! Well, aside from the threat of bears at the camp site (on the exact site we chose to pitch out tent there had been a bear casually munching on some stolen Doritos and Pringles the night before). Unfortuantely (fortunately?) I don’t have a bear story, there was only a coyote. And a lot of smokes. And a man with a rifle to scare off any bears.
The weather was a bit rough on the Saturday, but we still did a good hike followed by some good old campfire fun.
Sunday was absolutely amazing though, we took a hike up to Yosemite Falls. It was a pretty tough trail but man was it worth it. The view at the top was breathtaking, anything I say is just going to sound unbelievably corny so I’ll just leave you with some photos.
That right there is what we hiked to the top of.
Absolutely amazing, I can’t wait to go back! We’ve got a three day this weekend so I think some more outdoor fun is on the agenda. Whilst most places in the USA have been complaining about a ‘polar vortex’, it has been unseasonably warm in California. My brother posted the following photo on my wall which I think pretty much sums up the weather in the States right now.