The other day, I woke up early in the morning and decided to paint the outside wall of our living room. It was a tricky one, because the wall is a strange shape – it doesn’t look like a standard rectangle, so I had to think of something original. When I was a child, my family and I used to live in Spain, and I always saw there were yellow flowers on the outside wall in the summer, so I thought I’d try and reproduce that in my painting. I started with a nice bright blue, and then I went into the garden and painted the flowers. After that, I got a bit carried away and added some more blue flowers, an eggplant and some more grapes. The final touch was the title: “Robert Pattinson Painted on Abs” – obviously not my real name, but you get the idea.

I love the painting, and whenever I look at it, I feel like I want to grab a beer and sit with James Bond for a chat. Well, maybe not James Bond, but someone equally as cool, who likes purple lighting, fancy cars and has a great sense of humor. When I first saw the painting, my girlfriend, Lulu, was in the room and she said “Hi” – then she noticed the title and burst out laughing. Luckily, the painting was still wet, otherwise I’d have had a very embarrassed moment. We both love James Bond, so this was a fitting tribute.

Why Are You Packing?

This week has seen a lot of people asking why we’re packing – specifically, what is it about this week that’s made us decide to leave London? To be honest, we didn’t want to leave London – we loved the city and our apartment there. Sometimes, though, you have to take matters into your own hands and do what’s best for you.

We’ve been through a lot this year, and while we still keep going through ups and downs, we’re definitely feeling more downs than ups. Since New Year’s Day, we’ve spent most of our time in bed, trying to recover from the shock of Brexit and the terrible weather we encountered in March. Even before that, we’d spent more nights in bed than out, as Lulu had her first baby bump and I had my wisdom tooth removed. It was a tough couple of months, to say the least, but we’re still standing and, most importantly, still together.

Although we had a good time in London this year, we felt like it was a big burden weighing on our hearts, and we didn’t want to leave any stone unturned in our desire to make the move to a new country. Also, with Brexit negotiations still ongoing, we didn’t want to be traveling anywhere near Europe. So, we jumped at the opportunity to explore the U.S.A., and especially California, where we would be living if the U.S. doesn’t withdraw from the EU. We figured that at least part of the year would go by without us having to think about Brexit, and we could finally settle into a calmer pace.

No, No, I’m Not Going!

Now, some of you might be thinking that, since we’ve already started packing, we must be going – but that’s not necessarily the case. One of the things that made us hesitate to leave Europe was the worry that there would be an outbreak of the pandemic while we were away. After all, California is one of the states most affected by the pandemic. When we finally made the decision to leave Europe and go to the U.S., we both agreed that we would only go if it was safe to do so. Since then, things have slowly started to pick back up, and while we’re not out of the woods yet, we don’t want to put ourselves in unnecessary danger – especially since we have a baby girl now.

How Is Baby Pearl Aligned With The Apocalypse?

If you’ve been following our blog for a while, then you’ll know that we’ve been through a lot this year – mostly bad stuff. In order to bring you the most relevant content from around the world, we find ourselves pulling from a wider range of sources, some of which you’ll probably agree with, some of which you might disagree with. One of the things that made us hesitate to leave Europe was the worry that Baby Pearl (our daughter) would be in danger there during the apocalypse.

As she gets older, she’s starting to realize death is a part of life, and while she might not necessarily understand what’s going on around her right now, she’s definitely starting to feel it. Since we’ve had her, the world has stopped turning for the worse, and as long as governments keep working, life goes on.

When she was a baby, we didn’t have the funds to travel internationally, and so we mainly only stayed in the U.S. We did visit Europe a few times this year, and each time, she cried her head off when we tried to leave the house. Since then, she’s definitely shown an interest in traveling, and we’ve taken her to France a few times this year where she fell in love with the country and its people. She’s also spent a lot of time looking at maps and trying to work out where we should live, when the apocalypse comes. Even when we were in London, she always wanted to know how far the Bread Truck would get, before it broke down. When I told her it wasn’t far, she started crying – she didn’t want to leave London. Luckily, she’s still a youngster and doesn’t really understand the concept of apocalypse yet.

Why Are You Going To California?

When we first decided to explore the U.S., Lulu and I started by looking at the east coast. After seeing the beauty of the area and meeting some incredible people, we decided to change the location of our explorations and head for the west. We’ve been to California a few times this year, and each time we’ve been there, it’s rained. A lot. So much rain that we couldn’t do anything outside without getting wet. We’ve also been to a few other parts of the U.S. where it’s been even worse, with hurricanes, earthquakes and floods causing destruction on a massive scale. Although we’ve seen plenty of beautiful coastlines and lush forests in California, it hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows – there’s been a lot of heartache out there too.

The Weather In California

Even before we went on our trip to California, I’d heard rumors about the climate. Apparently, the heat is crazy and the rain is unpredictable, but I didn’t really believe it. As an Englander, I’d always seen the weather as something to be battled against, something to be grateful for when it storms and the sun comes out. Going to California was a wake-up call, bringing with it the realization that this year could very well be the last year of civilization as we know it.

Now that we’re back, it’s definitely not a bad thing. The summer has been unbelievably hot and the winter has been unbelievably cold. Since we’ve been back, there’ve been a few times where we’ve been hit with massive winds that have blown away all our landscaping and things that we’ve planted, such as flowers and vegetables. It’s incredible how quickly nature can take back what we’ve given it. The landscape certainly hasn’t been the same since we’ve been back, and we’re really thankful that we made the journey to see what the climate is like.

Whether you end up in a city or a town, the climate is mostly the same. When the temperature goes up, so does the humidity – it feels like you’ve got a warm, moist giant holding your breath, waiting for you to let it out. When the temperature drops, the air feels crisp and refreshing – it’s not something you get used to, but you do get spoiled for it. I don’t know if I’d call California a tropical place, but since we’ve been there, we’re definitely feeling more comfortable in our skins, and that’s all that matters.

It’s been a steep learning curve this year, and while there are definitely worse places to be stuck in, there’s also a lot to be thankful for. We’ve met some incredible people, seen some breathtaking scenery and eaten some incredible food. I guess, when all is said and done, we’d have to say that it’s been an incredible year – and we’re not even half-way through it yet!