On a side note, many thanks to Jessika Smith for her help in shooting some of these scenes. Unfortunately some countries have been blocked in viewing this and I do hope this video is purely muted and not completely inaccessible or imperceptible. I could have chosen different background music but this song "You were right" by Rufus is just too perfect. If no sound is playing, go and download the song (it's actually pretty amazing) and play it simultaneously with the video.

I feel as though I've majorly failed when it comes to blogging and documenting my recent sojourn to the USA. And when I say fail, I mean how absent and disordered my postings have been. In an ideal world I would have chronicled each foray as I went; keeping this blog and my social media consistently updated. Alas that was not the case, and now having returned home I find myself yearning to share every precise detail and yet completely uncertain on where to even begin. I mean, how does one even begin to tackle the copious imagery saturating ones iPhone photo album? Or to somehow find the specific wording to fully depict such a mesmerising journey? It's an arduous task at best and yet for some bizarre reason I chose to focus my attention on assembling a video instead. A task so much more grander than having to simply select a mere few images for editing. And yet this could not have been a more ideal way to introduce you all to my adventure (save for two previous entries here and here).

From Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Elmers Bottle Farm to Route 66, Disneyland to MalibuPalm Springs to Salvation Mountain, Monument Valley to the Grand Canyon. This truly was an adventure like no other.

And it was one that I'd been dreaming of for many years now. Not so surprisingly was that it did not fail to hypnotise. It had me utterly transfixed with the sheer magnitude and wonder of nature. A coastline bordered by dazzling blue ocean while being encapsulated by majestically soaring mountain peaks. It was that very mountainscape that had me bewitched. From the adumbral peaks enslaved to the horizon to towering chimerical beasts along the highway; I was caught in it's spell, as it no doubt depicts in the video above.

-Sxx



On a side note, many thanks to Jessika Smith for her help in shooting some of these scenes. Unfortunately some countries have been blocked in viewing this and I do hope this video is purely muted and not completely inaccessible or imperceptible. I could have chosen different background music but this song "You were right" by Rufus is just too perfect. If no sound is playing, go and download the song (it's actually pretty amazing) and play it simultaneously with the video.

I feel as though I've majorly failed when it comes to blogging and documenting my recent sojourn to the USA. And when I say fail, I mean how absent and disordered my postings have been. In an ideal world I would have chronicled each foray as I went; keeping this blog and my social media consistently updated. Alas that was not the case, and now having returned home I find myself yearning to share every precise detail and yet completely uncertain on where to even begin. I mean, how does one even begin to tackle the copious imagery saturating ones iPhone photo album? Or to somehow find the specific wording to fully depict such a mesmerising journey? It's an arduous task at best and yet for some bizarre reason I chose to focus my attention on assembling a video instead. A task so much more grander than having to simply select a mere few images for editing. And yet this could not have been a more ideal way to introduce you all to my adventure (save for two previous entries here and here).

From Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Elmers Bottle Farm to Route 66, Disneyland to MalibuPalm Springs to Salvation Mountain, Monument Valley to the Grand Canyon. This truly was an adventure like no other.

And it was one that I'd been dreaming of for many years now. Not so surprisingly was that it did not fail to hypnotise. It had me utterly transfixed with the sheer magnitude and wonder of nature. A coastline bordered by dazzling blue ocean while being encapsulated by majestically soaring mountain peaks. It was that very mountainscape that had me bewitched. From the adumbral peaks enslaved to the horizon to towering chimerical beasts along the highway; I was caught in it's spell, as it no doubt depicts in the video above.

-Sxx



104 comments

  1. Great video! Love it!

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  2. Great post. That song is really nice.
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  3. Living the dream here! <3 love this xx

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  4. Oh wow the view looks absolutely amazing!!

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  5. Unfortunatelly I couldn't watch this film, but this picture is so fantastic that I think it must be great! I hope I will visit USA some day.

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    1. I hope you get to. I know that you'd adore it xx

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  6. A video is a great way to share your travels!

    While it would have been nice to have blogged as you went along, it's better that you enjoyed your time there and were too busy to think much about blogging - it means you had a great holiday!

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  7. Looks like an amazing trip!

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  8. Impress with the video Sonia great job in taking us with you to all these awesome location, The song is on point and the video professional looking. You look so happy and beautiful it shows you had an amazing time and girl this is what I call living.

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  9. Oh Sonia, wish I watched the video so bad but it couldnt work here in my country as YT blocked it though copyright reason, dont know why!:// Must be so amazing, how bad! But nevertheless, looking at the photo is like I imagine the scenes I could have seen. Kisses! xo

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    1. Oh I know Lilli. I knew this would happen to you and I just went ahead anyway. Never fear my love, I actually created another one with different music so you can watch it xx

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  10. This video is beautiful. It looks like an incredible place.

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  11. I couldn't watch the video but judging by the view of the picture, I can only imagine how wonderful your adventure has been! Fingers crossed, I should discover California and Vegas in two months time!;)
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    1. Oh wow Jeanne! You're going to have so much fun! I am so excited for you! xx

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  12. you did a lot of traveling, girl!! photos are great but this video is fantastic!
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  13. Though a much grander task, I think you've done a fantastic job at it, Sonia. My desire to go to the States is inexplicable at this point, ahhh. Thank you for sharing your travel with us. x

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  14. I know what you mean - it is sometimes hard to figure out how to share everything. Sounds like you had such an awesome trip though!

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  15. Your west-coast adventure sounds absolutely amazing! Unfortunately, here in Germany it won't let me watch your video!

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    1. :o( I ended up changing the music and creating another version so you can watch that one instead. Too many people commented that they missed out so I decided to do something about it! xx

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  16. I really enjoyed watching the video, beautiful! The scenery is just so impressive. I've only been to Los Angeles, but I can't wait to go back to California and see the rest of it. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  17. Love it! Amazing view

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  18. Ugh, my country is blocked (why the heck?). I really wanted to see it, as the view from that first photo is just mesmerizing. Don't worry about not documenting every single step of yours, S. In the end of the day, the memories you have made are important!

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  19. Your trip must has been an adventure indeed. It's a pity I can't watch the video. It seems to be blocked because of copyright in my country.

    Jasmine xx

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    1. Unfortunately all of Europe was Jasmine. I didn't realise how many of you were interested so I created a new one for you guys to watch xx

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  20. The video is NOT blocked in Canada so I managed to watch it and brilliant job, Sonia! The soundtrack is perfect for it too and holy wow, what a gorgeous video. You managed to put some of the best scenes into 4 minutes! Love it and hope to see more!

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    1. Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed it Shireen and thanks so much for watching xx

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  21. Amazing !!
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  22. I think you did a wonderful job with this video, Sonia...As someone said, it was more important for you to have fun rather than worry about sharing each moment in order of occurrence:)

    I haven't done Route66 in 10 years. I will be doing it again! Disney, of course, is priceless! I think it's so cool that the Disney "guard" waved for the camera, lol...

    I'm so glad you enjoyed you visit to the US...I hope you get a chance to visit again one day:) Thank you so much for sharing, Sonia...Well done!!!

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    1. Very true, though I found at night when I didn't have plans and stayed indoors I could have updated the blog. I actually wanted to but the wifi connection was not that great. And how exciting your doing Route 66 soon! I actually want to drive all the way along it, from Chicago to LA. One day. I can only imagine how breathtaking that drive will be, and the changing landscapes from one side of the country to the other. BTW that guard at Disney was such a happy mistake! I can't believe my luck in capturing that, I actually took photos with him too but they didn't turn out too well (image slightly blurry) xx

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    2. You may not have to imagine, Sonia. There's a wonderful book by Michael Wallis titled Route 66 The Mother Road that has amazing pictures and information about the history and sites on Route 66. It takes you through each state. I used it for my trip many years ago. You may be able to find it online. P.S. Would you believe I also have a Route 66 cookbook!!!

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  23. It's always amazing when you can realize a dream. Great job on the video and thank you for sharing some of your experiences with us. The most important thing is that you enjoyed the trip and everything you saw.

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  24. I can't see the video Sonia, I don't know why... but I can imagine how fantastic was this trip!!!
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  25. loooks amazing!!! i have got the travel bug for sure!

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  26. This is such an awesome video!!! Im loving all those delicious burgers :D
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  27. Great video! I am on the East Coast and am now needing to head over to the west coast soon!!

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  28. This place can be my way to escape from routines activity.

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  29. Video blocked in my country but I so much love the first image!

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  30. I can say that that's a pretty good recap of Southern California in your video! I hope you had the time of your life!

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  31. Ooooh, truly lovely. This is why they say West Coast Best coast, eh?!

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    1. Hahaha, perhaps, though I do have an affinity for the East Coast too xx

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  32. Great video! Looks like amazing trip!
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  33. Thank you very much dear. believe I have tried as much as possible to bring best content and most complete and professional reviews.
    My God, the video is breathtaking! Love it, love it!

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  34. This video has given me major wanderlust now - what a fabulous adventure! x

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  35. This looks amazing.
    I want to go there badly.
    Seems a lot of fun

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  36. I wish I could have watched the video, I especially left it as a treat for this evening but it's blocked for me :((( Why is that? It says that the video contains content from "SME" and this is why it is blocked...

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  37. What a gorgeous video! It looks like you had so much fun. And all of the sights were captured beautifully!

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  38. Looks like such a wonderful trip! I'm loving all the beautiful shots you captured.

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  39. This is such a stunning post! Hope you have a fab weekend!!!

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  40. The Grand Canyon is high on my list of places I'd like to visit and now most of the places documented in this video are somewhere on my list too - what a fantastic trip! You've by no means 'failed' as a blogger - you've excelled by creating a travel video diary :)

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    1. Oh boy Gabrielle, something tells me the Grand Canyon would just blow your mind. I'm dying to go back again. We met two guys who actually camped out down there overnight (mind you it was snowing and -22 that night in Flagstaff were we stayed, a mere 45 minute drive away from the Canyon) and said it was the most extraordinary thing they've done. They also said it was warmer down there then what it was above. I'd love to spend a night, it would be the most magical experience. xx

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  41. I definitely always feel like it's hard to strike a balance between the work I have to do (photos, documenting, posting, etc.) and actually enjoying the moment purely for the moment....I always feel like I hadn't documented or photographed enough but I know that no matter what, I had a great experience I could be thankful for! I loooove this vid, it makes me miss the west coast! Excellent song choice too! :)

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    1. Very true. And it's something that annoys me to no end, this thought that I must document everything which comes to the forefront of my mind rather than pausing and actually seeing what is before me with my own eyes. xx

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  42. I love this! The mountains are absolutely gorgeous. I would love to go back to Vegas and visit the Grand Canyon as well. Great video- makes me a tad jealous haha!

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  43. My home. What a beautiful thing this is for me to see, especially on my birthday. Thank you my dear friend Coco. The videos you made make me miss home, but also give me a deep seated appreciation. One I could have never known had I stayed..

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    1. Ahh yes, they do say we never appreciate where we grow up or live, we'll always have a skewed perspective on our home towns and it doesn't really change until someone from another town or land points out the magic xx

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  44. Sounds like the trip of a lifetime and the video is amazing!! xx

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  45. Thanks for sharing your fantastic journey with us darling. Great video and you must have had such awesome fun. I used to post while on the go but now I try to enjoy my stay instead. Isn't nature simply magical?

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    1. I think that is the only way to do it Idu. Live in the moment, document it later. And nature is really amazing, especially in America. I never really had an appreciation for it until I first visited and fell in love with New England's greenery. xx

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  46. This is so beautiful! Lovely travel video

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  47. Beautiful post dear! I like this a lot.


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  48. Whoa infinite horizons. I need to go out there, travel, feed my soul with so much beauty! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose NEW POST

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  49. Wow these photos are stunning!! Lovely post! :)

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  50. what dreamy pics. Ur pics have life. Enjoy travelling .
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  51. Wonderful video! You pieced it together beautifully and I'm sure it will be such a treasure to look back on that account of your travels!

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  52. Perfect song for the video, looks like an incredible place! Have a nice weekend :)

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  53. great video! i've always wanted to document my travels this way but i suck at editing the videos hahaha. and you were right, you were right is the perfect song for this video.

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    1. You could give it a go. This took me AGES to compile lol, I'm not the best either. There are parts that I cringe to, or that I feel like should have been placed elsewhere. And yes, that song is just everything xx

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  54. Gosh, what a gorgeous place! I would love to be able to visit one day!


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  55. Unfortunately the video is blocked here in Italy... :( It must have been an amazing trip! I've been to some of these places myself and found them incredibly beautiful.

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  56. Love your post, great content! Thanks for the support and thoughtful words on my recent post, I deeply appreciate it!! Have a great weekend!!
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  57. West cost is amazing to visit! I didnt see so much yet, but hope one day we can take a trip too! Thanks for sharinG!

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  58. I absolutely loved the video - you edited it so beautifully! :) <3 So many amazing sights, it sounds like you've had an amazing time, dear! x x

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  59. looks beautiful
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  60. This is stunning Sonia :) I really wish I could visit america.

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  61. Sonia what a trip of a lifetime!!! The video is amazing and I seriously need to move to Disney land!!! The red flowers and the skull were super cool too! Ahhhh absolutely love it! <3

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  62. wow i love it

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  63. gorgeous!
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  64. thanks for sharing a traveling video! I never get to do those kind of trips so at least I get to see someone else enjoy them! looks like you had a truly fabolous time! xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.com

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  65. Wow such a beautiful location S! Thanks for sharing, that place looks absolutely amazing! Great post! Have an amazing week!
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  66. Such a mesmerizing view, Sonia! Love your video! <3

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  67. Wow, these views are incredible! Seems like it was an amazing experience :)

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  68. Sometimes it's so much better to just enjoy being present in the moment rather than worrying about documenting it all. I think you did an amazing job with the video though! x

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  69. love the video!!! :D

    Have a great week!
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  70. Loved the video! I know you think otherwise but I think you did a great job sharing your travels! It's so hard to keep everything updated when you're having so much fun traveling!

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  71. Such a great video. I rarely capture the moments when travelling but you did such a great job.

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