This past weekend everyone split off into their small groups and did whatever they wanted for the whole weekend! We were all so excited to get off campus and really experience California! Some groups went to San Francisco and others to San Diego…but my group stayed in Los Angeles and had a BLAST!
Friday night we went shopping at Ross (similar to TJ Maxx) and got frozen yogurt. So apparently frozen yogurt is really popular in the southern part of the country! I don’t think its as popular in the Midwest, but the Arkansas people are always talking about it and there are a ton of places in California! Its quite delicious 🙂 That night we stayed in a hotel which was amazing! We were so excited to sleep in air-conditioning and a comfy bed.
Saturday was probably one of the best days of my life as I fulfilled a long-time dream of mine…to go to Beverly Hills 🙂 As we drove through the hills, there were a lot of houses tucked away and my imagination went wild pondering what celebrities lives there. While we walked around Rodeo Dr., I felt like I was walking in a dream. I know that sounds funny, but I just couldn’t believe where I was. Seeing all of the fancy stores was really cool, but made me thankful for Walmart and Target 🙂 I couldn’t imagine spending so much money on clothes like they do out here. One of the exciting things for me was seeing a restaurant that’s on TV! I must share that my family and I are huge fans of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills haha…One of the women on the show, Lisa, owns a restaurant called Villa Blanca and I kinda freaked out when I saw it! I actually had Kayla Google the address so I could find it 🙂 For lunch we ate at a famous hot dog stand called Pink’s, this family-owned business has been running since 1938! We had to wait in a really long line and I’m not a huge fan of hot dogs but they were pretty good. Celebrities like Celine Dion, Mario Lopez and Dr. Phil have eaten there which made it worth while for me 🙂 That evening we went to a place called Universal City aka Universal Studios! This was so much fun! There were a lot of fun restaurants, shops and tons of people everywhere. I love being around big crowds of people! That evening we went back to campus and stayed the night to save money…
Sunday was a really chill day for us. I slept in till 9 which is late for our project! I spent some time with the Lord, reading about forgiveness and grace which is always refreshing. Then I skyped one of my good guy friends, Nate, who is currently in Spain! He told me about how he ran with the bulls! I don’t know why I have such crazy friends…For lunch we made french toast in one of the apartments on campus and had girl-talk! Then that evening was amazing…we drove to Santa Monica beach, ate dinner on the beach and watched the sunset. It was so beautiful. It boggled my mind that this was the same ocean that brought the tsunami upon Japan a few months ago. The ocean is such a powerful and majestic thing that we underestimate so much. This is why its my second favorite creation of God’s; the first is the night sky!
This week starts our focus on the different World Religions. I’m excited about this because my perspective is continually going to be shaken. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be a learner of these religions for the next 2 weeks. Tomorrow we have our China focus.
Please pray for our group that our minds will be open to what these religions are about and how we can most effectively love on these people.
P.S. I have a special treat coming for all of you soon! 🙂 I’m hoping to post it on here in the next few days! You’ll hopefully enjoy watching it as I’m going to enjoy making it haha