San Diego - we could live here!!
Trip Start Apr 05, 2008
103Trip End Mar 20, 2009
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As a 'not to be missed' tourist attraction we headed to San Diego's SeaWorld, mostly to see the famous Shamu. The 25 minute killer whale show was impressive and thankfully when Gareth had saved our seats he'd been kind and opted for seats away from the 'soak zone', later we would come to realize that in the long run it wouldn't matter. SeaWorld was a surprisingly small park, even more so for the animals/mammals housed there
Wednesday was a great day, haircut and waxing, bring it on! After a 5 hour session I feel fit to join the groomed human race again and hit the beach! Gareth sorted out shipping back our ski gear and other excessive items - Bec a 23lb box is coming your way ;-). Later we went out to the funky American Firehouse for drinks and dinner, couldn't let the hairstyle go to waste (Gareth's too ;-).
We went to check out the Americas Cup village and marina area and also took the scenic drive to Cabrillo national monument at Point Lomo. The views over San Diego were incredible. Ocean beach was a far cry from the Ocean beach we love in the Bay. It's very 'bohemian' and even though only a pier separates Ocean and Pacific they are worlds apart. The farmers market we went there to specifically check out was disappointing, I guess I had been expecting markets like in Amsterdam or London. We gladly made our way back to Pacific beach to enjoy some wine on our balcony
The rest of our week in San Diego we spent musing about how easy it would be to live here whilst enjoying time between the beach and the rest that the city had to offer. We spent time looking round downtown and Gas Lamp Quarter and did an audio tour of the USS Midway. The USS Midway was the longest serving aircraft carrier and was used in Desert Storm and Vietnam. The sleeping quarters make backpacking look luxurious. (Gareth just commented that I have a distorted view of what backpacking is anyway as I am yet to experience it)
We spent our last day taking in the attrations of Balboa Park; Shakespeare's Globe (well a copy of the original in London), Museum of Man, the Sports Hall of Fame and the International Houses. The ranger on the trolley service told us there was a New Zealand house, not sure what country he got us confused with as there was no NZ house. The international houses promote the multicultural make-up of San Diego and every Sunday they showcase the national traditions. In the end we had to go to suffice with the House of England instead. We rounded off our day by dragging Gareth to the much anticipated movie 'Sex and the City' - if you haven't seen it yet girls you definitely need to go and take tissues (the shoes and handbags are fab)!