After seeing Hollywood, my mom and I ventured down to Long Beach and the Aquarium of the Pacific! We were excited to see different kinds of fish and animals than the Atlantic ones we're used to.
The aquarium also had a parrot and Lorikeet aviary. I'd never seen Lorikeets before. They're really cute!
When we'd seen all there was to see, we looked at the Queen Mary and a lighthouse, rode a Ferris wheel, and had dinner at a delicious Greek place.
My mom is a fan of the Schullers, so on our last full day in California, we went to church at Crystal Cathedral in the OC. The building and grounds are beautiful!
After church, we made a last-minute decision to go to the Getty. It was magnificent - one of my favorite memories from the trip. I also thought I saw Liv Tyler there (my only possible celebrity sighting), but was probably just someone who looked like her.
The next morning, we flew home, concluding one of the best trips of my life. After a week and a half, I felt very comfortable in SoCal and loved the culture, the beautiful weather and surroundings, and the excitement. For a long time, I thought about it almost every day. I even started wondering if I should move there someday. In the end, I decided that living there would only make me homesick for Miami (which probably makes sense to no one but me). Still, I'd love to visit again!