Ever since my 14-year old self fell in love with this I could totally see myself with long, sandy hair, casually holding on to a surf board somewhere on Venice Beach. I’m a bit older (and maybe wiser) now and I’m still not very good at surfing (yet), but California has remained a place of longing. There is just something special about the west coast vibe and it comes as no surprise that I share this dream with many many others. Eventually finally going just made it worse – this place steals hearts like nobody’s business, even if you aren’t a wannabe surfer girl. Recently I’ve been lucky enough to travel to San Francisco, Los Angeles and a little of their surroundings, and apart from some hand-on tips (that I’ll share with you later) here is a wild mix of colorful photos to just get you dreaming away to those special places, from wherever you may be right now. Oh and of course California is about much more than just the big cities and the coast, but I never said this was not to be continued…

See you again soon, you colourful beauty!

Thank You to Finnair airlines and Visit California for the smooth flight from Helsinki to San Francisco, for inviting me to San Francisco and for the good times!

All photos © Tabea Mathern