On our way back to LA via Monterey

Trip Start Mar 21, 2010
Trip End Mar 16, 2011

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

29TH JANUARY 2011 - As we left San Francisco we weren't sure where to go next. We stopped at Santa Cruz and had lunch at Mamma Lucia's, an Italian cafe.  We ordered a pizza with chicken, pesto and mushrooms and a caesar salad.  It was a nice meal.  The owner a guy was this very vocal grey fuzzy haired Italian dude and quite over the top and friendly. He brings the pizza over to us and says "its Italian not American" so we laughed. We sat eating and he goes over and chats to some dude. Next minute he yells out "is America the best country in the world?".  We didn't know what to say but he immediately says NO its not and then starts raving on and on.  He comes over to refill our cokes and then we get chatting. Oh my god I didn't think he would ever let us go, he raved on and on about the good and bad things of America, what he thought of Australia, the war, the government, he hates Obama and according to him everyone in the US hates him too. He just went on and on and used some colourful language in both English and Italian. I was convinced he was either on drugs or drunk --- I would say stoned as he had googly eyes. He was just a very vocal guy and loved the fact we were from Australia as he loves Australia but I don't think he has been there.  He wants to move to Sicily as he has had enough of USA and wants a quiet life. Some things he raved on about and one thing was Sicilian food and well we could relate to that and he did make sense about some things but some things we just couldn't understand what he was saying.  He really was chatting to us like we were the best of friends. He didn't charge tax on our bill and we had free drinks. He was rather entertaining and well dining here was an experience but he was friendly and harmless.

We drove to Monterey and booked into our motel. Monterey is a nice small seaside town. Our room is really nice room was such a nice relief since our dive in San Fran. We settled into our room and then had some free wine and cheese at our hotel and that for us was dinner. 

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