Well, most of you. Besides some of your politics and a few other issues, you are bloody fantastic. I’ve literally had the time of my life out in the US and it’s right up my street. The weather, the people, the food (but oh my – where are your salads), the shops, the television, the film….
I ventured to Florida this time with some friends. First to Miami and then near Jacksonville where one of my friend’s family lives. I thought I would prefer Miami by a beachy mile but I actually enjoyed myself more in Jville – everything was just perfect. My friend’s family were so accommodating (I feel like the Aussies and the Americans have this down to a tee whereas the British don’t) and I was so blissfully happy the entire time. I also managed to tick off a fair few things I have always wanted to see – mostly because of my love of the screen. You may have seen on my Instagram that I went to my friend’s brother’s high school for his band recital and I had a little picture beside the lockers reminding me of #13ReasonsWhy and every other teenage American film…..Easily pleased, right?!
More highlights of my trip included: pizza and sushi nights, poki bowls, Pusser’s in Ponte Vedra, brunch in Miami, afternoons by the pool in Miami, driving over the bridge every morning, Wynwood arts district….
…my high school experience, ordering my first American Starbucks and being looked at like an utter loser at being so excited (yes it was also in the airport)….
…..the first Target experience, driving in a Mustang, American waffles, lying on hammocks out back at my friend’s place, beach days in Ponte Vedra, making friends with the locals….
….Cap’s on the Water in St Augustine (probably one of my most favourite restaurant experiences ever – and it reminded me of a setting from The Notebook – this town is also the oldest in the US!), drinking in the sunshine with my friends, yoga in the mornings by the water, and so much more….
What else did I find out about the film and TV world? (Because that’s why i’m here – sorry I digress….)
And what should you be looking out for at the cinema right now?
And on the small screen?
Love you, America. Can someone please get me a job here? (I’m completely serious). I think we all need to do a lot more of what actually makes us happy. Thanks. Love you Rach – thank you for one of the best times of my life.