So many wild animals- Kids should wear leashes.

Trip Start Sep 06, 2006
Trip End Apr 01, 2007

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Thursday, September 7, 2006

I slept most of the night, save for a few sleepless moments wondering what time it was here - I couldn't seem to get the time right when I got off the plane. haha. I woke up at 4:45 but willed myself back to sleep, until my roomate somehow scared the crap out of me and I woke up screaming at 7. We had a good laugh about it, but I was up for the day.

The hostel has a brilliant free breakfast of make-your-own pancakes. They taste remarkably similar to those from the Goat, so I was in heaven. After breakfast I did a little walking tour of the downtown area and found a grocery store where I stocked up on water and trail mix. I figured the zoo was pretty expensive, so I'd skip lunch and have a nice dinner.

San Diego's public transit system is dead simple, and I got the zoo without any trouble. My feet were already a little sore from yesterday (walking through airports is longer than it seems!) so I opted for the entrance fee that included the bus through the park, as I'd heard that the San Diego zoo is really big.

San Diego zoo: I was expecting more. I'd heard that it was huge, but I easily walked all of it in three hours, and I'm not a fast walker. The animals aren't that impressive, and they have similar exhibits to Washington D.C., another zoo in a city. The bus tour was not worth it, unless your feet are insanely tired. You can't really see anything from it. The skyrail was also a bit dull, as there isn't much to see from it. I was expecting the zoo to be really interesting as it's touted as being huge on conservation of endangered animals, but it was the same as every other good-quality zoo that I've ever been to. So all in all, I'd say skip the zoo unless you're really into zoos in general. The Toronto zoo is more impressive, in my opinion.

However, downtown San Diego is fantastic. I'm staying in the Gaslamp district, where all the bars, eateries and cool shops are. It's sooo pretty. I also really like my hostel, HI San Diego Downtown. It has free wireless internet, superbly helpful staff and a really great vibe. It's clean and functional, and offers a free breakfast. My kind of establishment!

Oh - another thing about the zoo was that there was one species that I wasn't expecting to see so much of. The under five homo-sapien. Not my favorite animal, by far. I spent much of the day dodging crying children, which put me into a bit of a mood by the end of the day, as you can well imagine.

Costs for today are: Zoo entry - 32$ (YIKES!), Hostel 24$, Dinner 15$, Misc 10$. Well over the daily budget! Haha. It's a damn good thing I'm going to Mexico tomorrow.

Foot soreness on a scale of 1 to 10: 3. Mostly the sides of my legs hurt. Those must be my walking muscles.
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Hostel Downtown
Hey Jess!

I stayed at that same hostel a few years ago and loved it. We'll be staying there on our way through SD towards Mexico too!

Safe travels girl... I will be following your pod!

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