Week 1 – London to Laguna Beach

It was quite a momentous day for me to start my trip. Sunday 11 September. Not necessarily because it was the day I left the UK, but because it was the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11.

9/11

At Heathrow, the news channel in the lounge was showing live coverage of families remembering their lost loved ones at Ground Zero. Whenever you think of that awful day, you can’t help but remember where you were when you first heard about what was happening. I went to Ground Zero in 2013 and it’s a very emotional and sombering experience. If you ever get the chance, I recommended you visit the site too.

In Heisler Park, in Laguna Beach, the community have created their own 9/11 memorial – two girders from one of the towers that fell, welded together. I visited the memorial yesterday and there was a simple tribute left there, with a simple but powerful message – ‘Never Forget’.

I have been to Laguna Beach many times in my life, and it feels like home from home. As you can see from the photos below, it’s a beautiful and quirky place!

Liz & Sarah looking across to Laguna Beach from Heisler Park

Heisler Park, Laguna Beach

Tsunami evacuation route! Hopefully I won’t need to obey it…

The safe (and only) way to cross the road in Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach lifeguard tower

A very tired Ben on the first morning:-(

Smile 🙂 You’re amazing. This was a sign I saw in Laguna Beach

Jetlag

Jetlag is a killer. A little tip though – melatonin. I don’t think you can buy it in the UK, but you can in the US, and it is a godsend! It helps you stay sleep when you body actually wants to wake you up at 4am!

I am still adjusting to life away from home, both physically and mentally. But as I sit here, looking out at the sun setting across the horizon of the Pacific Ocean, I am optimistic this is the beginning of a fantastic experience for me…

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Author: benhillsjones

Passionate vegetarian. Badminton & tennis fan. World traveller. Content Designer.

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