Trip Start Sep 14, 2006
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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

I made it across to California after a relaxing flight and headed out to Hermosa Beach, which is close to LA. I spent two nights at a cool hostel there - my first US hostel experience, and it was a good time. I was thinking about taking a tour of Hollywood but decided not to although I did see Frank Gifford (former football player/commentator and former husband to Kathy-Lee) at LAX, and then saw the host of Fear Factor in the bathroom at Starbucks...a range of Fear Factor/bathroom jokes popped into my head, but I was able to resist temptation and think I appeared less creepy for doing so.

I'm out in San Diego now - got picked up from the bus station by my friend from my friend from high school Lizzy and was brought out by her and her friends to a Mother's Day barbecue that rivals any food experience I've had in months. San Diego is as close to a perfect city as one could hope for. By the beach, great weather, nice people, tasty Mexican food and cheap sushi restaurants, and many opportunities to quote lines from Anchorman. I could see myself living here.

San Francisco is my next destination, and I'm excited to see it after hearing songs about it, reading a lot about the city and watching too many episodes of Full House to admit freely. After that I'm Chicago-bound, and I should be getting into town early next week.

Being back in the States after eight months away has made me realize a few things: I like having an accent to most people I meet, the penny really needs to be phased out here, and New Zealand needs good Mexican food to be a better nation. I could also comment on relative beer prices, but that could open an international tribunal.
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Welcome back~
Jas, I see that you are 'stateside'. Sounds like you are enjoying southern CA. Have fun in San Francisco, one of my favorite cities. Take care of yourself, safe travels and hope to see you this summer. Love, Auntie Maureen P.S. Glad you are still posting here:-)

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