I’m going to be writing delay for the next weeks to recap every day of the month long road trip I just returned from with my Fiancee. Not only is this a way for me to share my experience with all of my followers, it allows me to reflect on the awesome adventure and truly grasp how far we traveled. I do plan to talk about many of the things I’ll be writing in my youtube videos, but what I write on here will have much more detail and will give you a sense of the experience. Hope you all enjoy!
My Fiancee and I arrived at LAX after a non stop 13 hour flight from Guangzhou, China. She was held side by customs for not knowing by heart the address we put on her visa. After that issue was cleared up and they let her through, she was held up again for bringing fruit into the country. I warned her about that, but she insisted that she would be hungry for it when she arrived. We had to catch an Amtrak train down to San Diego and we were already late for our desired 9 PM departing time. We barely made it on the last train for the night and had to pay an additional on board fee. When we arrived in San Diego around 1 am, my fiance kept mentioning how clean the air was. My Dad was nice enough to come pick us up and let us stay at his place for a night. I also reunited with my dog, who my Dad took care of while I was in China. She didn’t recognize me at first and was a bit suspicious of who I was. After 5 minutes she finally started to go crazy and wouldn’t leave my sight.
I had to take care of some legal stuff to obtain another work visa in China, so we went straight to the police station to get a background check. After that, we went to one of the few places where people from China might feel at home: the DMV. I had to renew my registration for my car. My Fiancee started to see the diversity that America (especially San Diego) has. We got some Mexican food and then went back to get my car from where I had it stored the past year. We drove to the Mission Beach area and met our couchsurfing hosts for the next 2 nights. They were a couple in their 70’s who literally lived on the boardwalk of the beach. Their home was organized like a museum. They had artifacts from all over the world and told us they have been to every country in the world except 12. We really enjoyed the conversation we had with them at dinner, which the couple nicely prepared for us.
I wanted to show my Fiancee the non touristy parts of San Diego, but how could we not go to the world famous zoo? Our hosts were nice enough to give us guest passes (as they are longtime members) and we made our way over there. In my opinion the zoo is a bit overrated, but perhaps I don’t appreciate it since I’ve been there so many times. Regardless, i thought it would be ironic and funny to bring have someone from China see Pandas for the first time, somewhere outside of the country they originate from. The Pandas were cool, but you can’t touch them like you can in a park in Chengdu, China.
We took a ride around the area I grew up and passed by the shul I prayed at when I was religious. It was weird to pass it when I was with her, but it was also a liberating feeling. I never had to go back in that place. We walked around my old college campus and met up with my best friend for lunch. Both my Fiancee and my best friend were told a lot about eachother, so it was nice seeing them finally meet. He told me he thoughts she’s great for me, which meant a lot. Later that afternoon we went to our next host in Hillcrest, a very gay friendly area in San Diego. Our host was a man in his 50’s who just a few years ago came out. He used to be a pastor from a small town and it was very interesting hearing his story and sharing mine with him. He brought us to a gay bar and club which my Fiancee enjoyed very much. I was a bit uncomfortable in there, but after a while I just relaxed and enjoyed the experience.
July 4th we went to a BBQ party in the afternoon. We then went to the rooftop of the building where my best friend works. The rooftop overlooks downtown San Diego and the airport. From all of the fireworks shows I’ve been to in the city, it was by far the best view. Only 10 other people were there and it was great seeing my Fiancee’s face as she was amazed by the fireworks. In China, fireworks are used to celebrate important days, but anyone could get their hands on them and you start to get sick of them after hearing it nonstop for several days. I also surprised her when I invited our mutual friend who introduced us. It was great seeing them reunite and show her how thankful we were that she came into our lives. Our couchsurfing host was there as well and we were happy to share a great moment with him.
Our last day in San Diego was devoted towards preparing for our road trip. I went to go get my car checked and good to go. We packed 3 weeks worth of stuff and enjoyed sometime with my Dad. We made sure to get to bed early that night as we were about to start our road trip the next morning.
The first stop: Phoenix, Arizona