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californication diary::: do you know george snyder?

19 Jul

“we’re going to meet george on sunday for breakfast at his place. i will pick you up at 7. you’ll love him.”

that’s what sophia (aka teamgloria) said to me. i was slightly irritated but when i told this plan to my LA hosts they were shocked.

“7 as in 7 am? you HAVE to cancel!! we’re going out on saturday and that’s WAYYY to early!”

that’s what they said.

but i didn’t want to cancel. i wanted to have an early-bird LA experience, i wanted sophia to pick me up and, oh yes, i wanted to meet george snyder.

george.

i think, i’ve been following him almost as long as i follow teamgloria. it was her who put my attention to his lovely photos and to his blog.

so there we were. sophia and me at george’s beautiful place that instantly put a smile on my face.

i told him that when people come to my apartment in berlin, they often look around and say: “there’s so many things to see here.” well, that was exactly how i felt at george’s place.

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sophia….

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this view ♡

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george signed on wings of affection for me ♡ if you are interested in george’s highly entertaining books, you can find them on amazon.

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we chatted, had delicious yoghurt with berries and excellent coffee (oh, how much i appreciate a good cup of coffee no matter on which side of the world i am!) and blew german bubbles into the los angeles sky that sophia had brought from new york city. wow!

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if you want to read more about our gathering, visit teamgloria. and also watch her little movie here:::

thank you, george, for having us and for generously opening your doors to a foreign miss. and thank you sophia for making it happen!

i can’t wait to see you again. maybe here in berlin. soon xxx

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the californication diary:: los angeles – the long-awaited get-together with @teamgloria.

13 Jul

it’s already been over two years, i assume, since i discovered @teamgloria‘s instagram which is filled with photos that make you believe that life is dream of lushness and luxury, subtle beauty and caressing candle light, cashmere and books, pink marilyn monroe phones, hiding behind large sunglasses and sipping martinis at château marmont.

in short, you want to know more about the person behind teamgloria. or is it more than one person, i asked myself before i started following her blog.

if you want to know more about teamgloria or sophia go here and find out more. or as she says herself, there you can read about who she is “in real life”.

i am fascinated by her ever since we met for the first time during my journey to NYC in december 2012. by her story, her life, her energy, her beautiful smile and voice (it is a bit fragile yet strong with an amazingly enchanting british accent. i think, she should be a voice actress, just like me) and when she moved from new york to los angeles it was clear to me that whenever i would cross the ocean and huge parts of the american continent to visit hollywood i would totally meet sophia as well.

so there we were. in los angeles. six months later.

i had already spent some days at my new home away from home in the hollywood hills and was very delighted by the prospect of some , let’s say, europeanism (those who know, know).

sophia suggested to pick me up (thanks again!!!) in the morning and off we went (in her very environmentally friendly prius).

so here it is. my day with @teamgloria. well, to be precise, this was my first day with her. we had two more lovely meetings afterwards under the californian sun…. but all in good time ❤

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sophia took me to the highschool where they filmed “GREASE” ♡♡♡ could you have guessed?

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sophia dancing with her shadow…

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falling in love with cars happens hourly in los angeles….

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sophia took us to YOLK, the beautiful store of maria in silverlake, another wonderful insta-lady.

it was hard for me not to spent all my holiday money there. if you ever happen to be in LA, make sure to stop by.

also, i really enjoyed silverlake. it has something villagey to it that made me as a european feel at home instantly. little cafés and shops, a cute neighborhood that actually allows you to WALK around. hard to find in LA.

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we drove through studio city past all those famous studios…

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and then sophia took me to BIG BOY for lunch. ah-mazing! felt like a time travel to the fifties. (i didn’t eat a burger, i had a nice BLT sandwich. yum!)

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afterwards we went to LACMA where we spent some time at the extraordinary stanley kubrick exhibition.

LOVED IT!

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which is your favourite kubrick movie?

if i ever go back to LA (which i’m sure i will), i’m certainly going to spend more time at LACMA…

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sophia …

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vielen dank, sophia, für diesen wunderschönen tag*

and for all you others: be sure that @teamgloria will reappear in at least one other episode of my californication diary. if not in two.

be well, friends xxxx

the californication diary::: los angeles.

11 Jul

where do you start when you’ve travelled across the ocean to be with people you only met once in your life before but you feel like you’ve known them forever?

where do you start when you saw the most beautiful palm trees, the most incredible sunsets?

where do you start when you saw a hummingbird for the first time and it almost made you cry?

where do you start when you saw the hollywood sign for the first time and it brought tears to your eyes?

where do you start when you feel like you want to go back to a place you would’ve never imagined to love?

where do you start when you feel like you learned things about yourself that only travelling can teach you?

where do you start when you feel like you met your future husband on this journey, an incredibly amazing person who has no clue that you think, he’s the one for you?

where do you start?

i took a week now to come back, try do adjust, get over my (belated jetlag), reconnect with my friends (that was the easiest part). and now i am sitting here and wondering about where to start.

so i guess, i start with the beginning of my trip. i will try to focus on the important stuff and leave everything else out.

let me know if there’s any specific things you want me to focus on.

so here it starts

the evening before:::: insomnia!!!

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DAY 1

i took of two weeks ago on a monday. excited and happy. wearing my ying yang leggings because they are comfy for a long flight and because, honestly, what else should you wear when you start your journey towards hippie central?

my plane took of over two hours, so i had to wait…

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first good omen: the plane was fully booked except for the seat next to me. YES! what a treat! never had such a relaxed 12 hour plane ride before.

watched HITCHCOCK. made me laugh and cry. very impressed. great movie.

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my lovely lovely anya picked me up from the airport with an ice cold water and a priceless smile on her lips.

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i had to leave philippe brenninkmeyer (hot hot hot!) and patrick nuo (not hot AT ALL! in fact, he seems to be a huge douchebag) who were on the same flight behind and started driving towards HOLLYWOOD!

when we drove down the freeway i saw the hollywood sign for the first time in real life and almost caused a car accident because i started screaming. at that time i didn’t know yet that my home for the next two weeks would be right UNDERNEATH this beautiful landmark and that i could inhale it every day.

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i spent the rest of the day not believing how beautiful the house and my room for the next two weeks are, sipping the champagne i brought with anya, having dinner at a sushi place and trying to scare away the jetlag with some cocktails and meeting dalton, anya’s roommate and bestie.

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more to come. xxx

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