And just like that, we’ve been living in Seattle for 6 months. How did that happen? Overall, I love it here but there are a few things that I miss about living in California. PS, this post is best if read to the soundtrack provided in this post.
California Love Songs

What I Miss About California

California Adventure sign

The food.

Primarily, delicious Mexican food and yummy Salvadorian pupusas. And In-N-Out. Oh my goodness, I miss it all.


I had a feeling that this would be a big one for me but I was actually surprised at how much I miss the sun. So much so that I noticed that I might be getting a bit of Seasonal Affective Disorder and I ended up buying myself a happy light to use in the morning and after lunch.

The Ocean and Beaches!

Seattle is the furthest I’ve ever lived from an Ocean. In California, I lived between 30 to 90 minutes from the Pacific Ocean. In Australia, I lived a 10-minute walk from the Pacific (well, Tasman Sea / The Ditch). In South Africa, I lived 15 minutes driving from the Atlantic. Now, I’m hours from the Ocean. HOURS. That being said, Seattle is surrounded by water one two sides, but still – it isn’t the warm, sandy beaches of (southern) California.
Laguna Beach Treasure Tromp

City driving.

As much as I hated Los Angeles traffic (which is consistently rated the worst traffic in the US), I didn’t hate driving in the actual city. The roads made sense, people weren’t horrible drivers, and pedestrians usually looked before stepping into the street. Driving in downtown Seattle gives me incredible anxiety. I hate it. I can’t figure out how to navigate the roads, everyone uses their horn way too much, pedestrians never look before stepping into the street, and the bikers except to follow both road and sidewalk traffic laws depending on what benefits them most at the time. I hate it. 156


Seattle is one of the least diverse cities in the US, especially compared to the previous cities I’ve lived in or around like Los Angeles and Oakland. I miss more ethnically diverse neighborhoods and seeing people from different backgrounds interact.


I’m actually surprised at how much I miss going Disneyland and California Adventure. Although I wasn’t able to visit too often in the previous couple of years, I loved the ability to go whenever I felt the urge. And I’ll be honest – I miss it right now. disneyland bride and groom

Palm Trees.

This is such a silly one, but there is something about seeing the palm trees that are reassuring to me and I miss seeing every day.


I know that there are a ton of vineyards here in Washington, but I miss the vineyards and wineries in Sonoma and Temecula. vineyard in the fall treasure tromp

The Sunsets.

I’m convinced that southern California is home to the best sunsets in the world. And I’m pretty sure it is because of all of the smog.
10 Reasons To Love The Desert (4)

Our friends.

I could go on and on about this but it is pretty self-explanatory.

The desert.

I really love the forest, I do. But I miss the Mojave Desert and Joshua Tree. I know that there are deserts out in eastern WA but since I haven’t had the chance to make it out there yet I assume that it isn’t quite as good. Ocotillo in the Colorado Desert; Joshua Tree (13)CALIFORNIAMovaje Desert

mojave desert camping


Because the baby ones are kind of fun so long as nothing is damaged.

Playing Hollywood tourist.

Every time a friend from out of the area would come to visit me in southern CA, we would go to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and possibly see the taping of a show.

The stigma of being from California.

It seems as though Seattleites cannot stand Californians. I cannot tell you the number of times that I’ve overheard people talking bad about Californians. I understand that people are worried that Seattle is turning into San Francisco but the California hate is strong.

Even though there are a ton of things that I really miss about living in California, I’m really happy up here in Seattle. It is a gorgeous and kind city and it really started to feel like home within weeks of moving. So I guess I’ll stick around for a bit longer.

What do you miss about an old home?


Well, it’s official – we’re moving! In 11 days we’ll be on the road and moving out of California.


Truthfully, this move has been in the works for some time, but I wanted to wait until we secured an apartment before saying anything. Matt and I have been talking about moving for about two years now. When we first moved to South Africa, we weren’t sure if we’d move back to California. But since we didn’t really have a place or reason to move, we decided to stick it out in southern CA for 18 additional (and long) months. A few months after we moved back to CA from SA, Matt started working remotely for a company based out-of-state. After working for them for over a year, it is time for him to start working in the company headquarters, meaning we’re crossing state lines.
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