So we wake up in our little garden hut in the mountains and head out to the same spot that we ate dinner in last night. It is really so relaxed up here and it is a feeling that I am growing to love more each day. The world of work seems over 8000 miles away!
The plan for today is first to shower in the outdoor shower, find food, head to the beach and then get both our wine and safari on at Malibu Wine Safari. Emma heads for the first outdoor shower but gets scared as it is next to the owner’s bedroom. I give it a go but get scared too so we both shower indoors, alone, not together.
We get into swimsuits, and head down for some food. We head to the village cafe and both opt for veggie burgers as it is going to be a long time until we get to eat again. This is set in the cutest place. A bunch of very posh shacks that have been turned into a relaxed little shopping area. The food is delicious and their orange juice doesn’t poison me completely. We then head for a quick stroll around some of the shops…it would be rude not too, pick up some gifts and a dream of a beach towel for Bowen. It’s going to double up as a blanket for the journey back as West Jet give us no blankets. Bloody West Jet.
Shops and food done we decide, with the help of a lovely shop assistant, to hit up El Matador beach instead of the crowded Zuma beach. What a bloody brilliant decision. It is so super beautiful! Once we walk down what seems like a billion steps we find coves, and rocks and waves that are too scary for us to swim in.
I read my book, Bowen pretends to read hers, we go for walks down the coast to see what we can see and run away from killer waves. It is a lovely couple of hours. If we had longer in the Bu we would defiantly be coming back here. I think it is going to be hard for another beach to top this one! As Bowen said: ‘the thousands of steps keep away the riff raff’ and you know what….they really, really do!
So sea paddled in, we climb our way back up the steps, cross the road of death and speed away for a quick shower and costume change as we have a very important appointment at Malibu Wine Safari. We booked these tickets back in April and have been looking forward to it every day since! It promises to combine animals with wine and my friends there is no better combination than that!
We arrive on time, only to be made late by the idiots who put us on a shuttle when we don’t need to go on the shuttle. Even though we are late we make it back in time to board our safari jeep. It is quite quickly clear that we are the most underdressed there. People have arrived like we are about to go for a big night of clubbing. Who wears 6 inch heels on a safari?
So we are on the jeep and ready to see some animals and drink some wine. Our first stop is magnificent as we get to feed some zebra- all the animals here are rescued and have great spaces to run around and play in. So we feed the zebra and then get very excited to learn that Gandolf’s horse is here too from that Lord of The Ring movie thing. We run over to give the horse a carrot and Emma is throwing herself at the thing. She loves the ponies. I, on the other hand am crippled with fear. I realise that I am scared of horses. Here begins a 5 minute game of me trying to feed the horse a carrot. I just can’t do it so the game ends with me throwing the carrot at the horse and running away to the safety of the jeep. We also drive past the giraffe that was in the Hangover…3 I think? He seems like a cool dude!
So we hop on board the safari jeep again and head to a beautiful spot to do our first wine tasting- 3 white wines, all of which I don’t remember the names of. I was expecting to learn something about the wines but we didn’t really which was alright by me. I did not like the sweet wine. It was gross. That’s as technical as I get. So we drink the first three and get our picture taken in front of the beautiful view and are generally loving life!
We hop back in the jeep expecting to see more animals. Instead there are no more animals but we are dropped off at our last location-a trailer park made of all different famous trailers and automobiles. We gave some love to the Little Miss Sunshine bus (the actual real one) which makes us very excited and the head back over to the group (who are so cute) to try the red wine. I preferred the red wine a lot more and these grapes were actually grown on the estate which is owned by some mega rich dude whose wife is a playboy bunny- he is living the dream. Our tour guide (who is so cute) is travelling to London soon so we give her lots of tips and have silent giggles at some of the photo posing. HILARIOUS. There is also food with the red wine. This is a huge plus!
We get back onto the jeep and expect to see more animals….there are no more animals and instead find ourselves back in the car park. We decide that we are not quite ready for the party to end so we get back on the shuttle, which made us late earlier, and head to the wine bar that they have just up the road. This place is the cutest. They have live music playing, you can bring your own food, which we didn’t and drink a lot of wine. Unfortunately as I am the driver of the trip I didn’t drink anymore wine but Bowen made full advantage of the bar staff not ticking off her wine red wine tasting card list. I had a few sips and over 6 full wine glasses of water. I have never been so hydrated before in all my life!
The band gets pumping and we get up onto the dance floor to join a lot of women (and a few men) and dance the night away to classics such as, R.E.S.P.E.C.T, heard it on the grape vine and our personal favourite Adele’s Rolling in the deep. We may have jumped up and down and shouted the words at one another the whole way through this song. People looked at us like we were crazy but we were having a blast. I would definitely come back to this place if I were ever to return to the Bu. We (Bowen) got drunk in the middle of a mountain, in the middle of a Vineyard and danced the night away to Adele. Could life possibly get better?
I get us home safe and sound and we realise that we haven’t had a proper meal since midday so make some soup and cut up some bread and have a feast looking over our most favourite mountain view.
Day 11 was spectacular and our most favourite of the trip so far! The Bu has been our favourite stop on the trip so far and it is going to break my heart to leave tomorrow morning for Santa Barbara but we are ready for new adventures…lets see what you have in store SB….we are ready for you!