Entry 1 – setting the scene!

So to start of this diary I will set the scene…

I’m Lara, 21 years old and on the 3rd March 2005 me and my boyfriend Darren will be leaving the south coast of UK and heading off to some exotic places.


We are planning to be away for just under 6 months as we both hope to return to education and student life in september 2005.

We met at Roehampton University, (shout out to all our mates there) where I studied Dance Studies and English Literature and Darren studied Art for Public Space and once graduating in June 2004 we both intended to complete a PGCE to become teachers straight away.

However,…. I broke my ankle 😳 (falling down a step) and had to rethink my plans. Darren’s plans also fell through so we decided to take our gap year after University and travel. 🙂

So for the last 6 months, I have recovered from my injuries and returned to Southampton and worked full time in a petrol station and taught dance 2 evenings a week as well. So basically i have just been saving really hard.

At the moment we have 6 weeks and a day till we leave and we seem to be quite organised.
The jabs are completed, visas in the post, and savings on target.

As we are only in LA for 2 nights we have pre-booked a package, well mum bought it as a xmas present. Love ya mum x
Were staying in Hollywood itself, off to Univerisal Studios, which is supposedly Shrek themed at the moment. (Shrek praise has to go to Froebel Bar karakoe!!!) Then off for a star search in hollywood, and the walk of fame before back to the airport.

Anyway that is probably about enough information at the moment.
I’ll be in touch again soon. Any tips or advice please let me know!

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