We arranged to fly to Los Angeles for one of those experiences most women are hesitant & a little anxious for. Meeting the family! My fiancé Toney was born & raised in Compton & if you read the “little bit about me” section you’ll know I was born and raised in England, so it wasn’t your typical “Come over for tea and meet my family”, if that’s even typical.
I will write about how Toney and I came to meet and about our journey, which hasn’t been easy living over 4000 miles apart on completely different continents. But that’s a long story so I’ll save it for another day…
In our recent trip, I was able to explore the side of Los Angeles that I hadn’t seen before, with thanks to my fiancé. The mountain tops, little markets filled with people shopping from stalls that sell anything and everything. This trip was such an experience for many reasons
Toney and I took his nieces and nephew on a hike up Mt Baldy around two hours or so from mid city LA. We’re not experienced hikers, the fact we got lost and ended up hiking off the beaten track only equipped with a bottle of warm water and some band aids proved that to us. Never the less we did it! It took us about two hours from start to finish but we managed to reached San Antonio Falls, paddled the cool fresh water, took a few selfies and returned to the car with minimal bruises may I add.
The following day Toney took me to the touristy spots that me and my family didn’t manage to see when we visited. We took a drove down Malibu and walked along the Santa Monica pier. Wandered to some lovely little markets where we indulged into waffles and crepes.
On the evening Toney and his sister took us all out for ice cream which had to be four scoops of the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted. A small little hole in the wall, yet with a line of people down the street.
Being able to see a glimpse of Compton was just as special. Driving down the street where my fiancé once would walk to school. Seeing the house we grew up in. Seeing his hometown and meeting the people that shaped him into who he is today, who will soon be my “till death do us part”.
“I never want to stop making memories with you” ~ Pierre Jeanty