Stay Classy, San Diego.

Trip Start Aug 05, 2012
Trip End Jan 11, 2013

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I suppose it's that time again, isn't it? I should warn you that you'll probably be close to hating me at the end of this, if you weren't already jealous (and even closer if you were)...

Nothing too exciting has been happening at college since New York, other than my getting good marks with no effort, but in saying that- so has everyone else on exchange... our marks are too good to be true haha. Last Wednesday Selina, Ellen and I, being the good zonazoo fans that we are, decided to check out a volleyball game against our rivals, Arizona State University- ASWHO? We won 3-1 but had no idea how the scoring worked for quite substantial part of the match (or the audience rituals)!  Following the game Ellen and I met up with the others and, joined by Imari, went to a comedy show by the Charles Darwin Experience group in the Student Union building, which was enjoyable but wouldn't have survived evolution (terrible joke I know but let's pretend it was great).  The next night Selina and Chris got to meet Imari, to quote Selina, "the only guy that is almost cool enough to pull of Crocs and odd socks" (No one really is cool enough, but he sure comes close), when we all went for our weekly drinking night at her apartment.  My lovely roomie, Sneha, also joined us and I finally got to teach her the Harry Potter Drinking Game- Goblet of Fire (it's the best drinking game in the world).  Prepare yourselves to be very jealous... I got Selina to get me a handle of Smirnoff Vodka (1.75L) and it cost $20- no joke!

The really exciting stuff happened this weekend: A friend from my dorm, Olivia (whose parents, I should mention now are awesome and we got along really well when she was moving in) invited me to come home with her!  The six hour road trip was a night early so that Olivia and her friend Krista, who drove us in her car, could surprise their respective loved ones- there was lots of excitement at Olivia's when they answered the door looking for a package only to find us!  We stayed up late catching up and talking about everything and nothing in particular.  In the morning her parents took us (Olivia and I) out to breakfast on the beach, where I had my first Belgium Waffle- it's like a hug in your mouth!  After breakfast we went designer thrift store shopping- yes that's a thing there! I got such beautiful designer stuff for pennies (well not quite but pretty darn close)!  My 'preloved' Hugo Boss jumper for $20 should give you an idea of how cheap things are, or perhaps my brand new, thrifted, Insight top for $20 is a better example... Haha.  I also bought an alligator Ferragamo purse, which may be the most beautiful going out bag I'll ever set eyes on, let alone own.  
Tired from shopping, we headed back to the Henn's place to change into game clothes for her high-school football game and to collect her brother, before heading down to the pier to have dinner in a 50's style diner at the end of it.  On the way to San Marcos High School we drove past the house from Top Gun- yes I got snap happy and took a few pictures of it for you all *cough*me*cough.*
High school football doesn't hold a candle to the College game, but it was good to check it out and to see the young cheerleaders and jocks being supported by their version of Zonazoo and the locals.  Post-game frozen yoghurt was in order and Olivia and I, unknowingly, got the same flavours and toppings bar one- freaky! The twin-ness continued when her dad came into the lounge the next morning to wake us and found us sleeping in exactly the same position haha- but I'm skipping ahead.  After popping my Menchie's frozen yoghurt cherry, some of Olivia's friends came round to the house to hang out 'til the wee hours- I was thankful for a sleep in the next day. 
We had brunch at one of their local Mexican places, where I halved a breakfast burrito with Olivia- those suckers are huge!  Next up on the list for the trip was also something on my bucket list: Sea World!  We spent the rest of the day and evening there going on rides, getting soaked and seeing shows- we also patted dolphins (and bat rays)!!  I bought a massive soft toy Shamu and a cup that actually had my name on it- that's the first thing I've ever seen with my name, not Rosie or Rosemary! When the park closed we headed home to get dry before a home-cooked meal; I hadn't realised how much I'd missed it, but man it was delicious!  Later on I sang (yes, again!) Pokarekare ana for Olivia's parents, which they were delighted with- phewph! Again we were joined by (more of) Olivia's friends and played ultimate Frisbee in the street before having a quick swim in the pool- us desert residents got cold very quickly.
Sunday was a home-cooked breakfast followed by packing and grocery shopping (we made our own trail mix for the ride home and picked up some stuff for our rooms), before Krista arrived to pick us up.  It sounds like the adventure is winding down now doesn't it? Still one story left, and this one involves a gas station in the middle of nowhere- sounds like the start of most horror films and it was just about as scary to be honest haha.  We missed a couple of exits to get gas and realised we wouldn't make it to the next, so made an illegal manoeuvre on the highway and made it back to a two pump gas station with no other buildings in sight.  Ordinarily that wouldn't freak me out at all because the ones like that in NZ aren't dodgy at all, but a couple of very creepy looking men pulled up saying they'd run out of gas and had no money to get any (which seems so stupid considering they were driving through a desert!)- would we mind buying them some.  Yes, we did mind very much because of how seedy they seemed.  It didn't help that our first pump didn't work and we were stuck outside with them for quite a while. In the middle of the desert.  Needless to say we hooned out of that place as soon as we could!
The rest of the drive home was uneventful, apart from seeing the desert equivalent of a bush fire, and it was nice to get back to my room and room mate.

I have real work to do this week, so I tried to keep this short (emphasis on tried)- hopefully you aren't upset at the lack of warning about the length of this post haha.  Selina and I are in the (strenuous) process of planning a group road trip to the Grand Canyon and other places! So excited!
Stay Classy, San Diego

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