Sunny San Diego

Trip Start Apr 15, 2011
Trip End Feb 04, 2012

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Monday, October 10, 2011

I'm on the train from LA to San Diego. I’m trying to catch up on my blog but as ever the scenery out the window is distracting me.  A few stops out of LA and the coast comes into view.  There are houses right on the water front and at times the tracks is just meters from the waves rolling in on the beach.  It’s been in the low thirties today.  You wouldn’t know it from the aircon but it looks like a beautiful evening out there.  Stop the train! I want to get off and dive into that endless ocean.  As the sun sets and the dusky twighlight falls we pass piers with seafood restaurants, thatched umbrellas and small groups of people gathered around fires burning on the beach.  It’s such a picture of the laid back Californian life style I can almost understand why people put up LA traffic.  The beach is beautiful, the sunshine is warm and from what I can gather stays that way for most of the year.  If only LA wasn’t such a badly planned, hideous sprawl of traffic jammed highways and smog.  As darkness falls it becomes to hard to see out the window but I peer out occasionally, hoping to catch another glimpse of that coastline with its endless ocean.  San Diego is sunny.  Really sunny.  But not to hot.  In fact it’s entirely pleasant and stays like this for most of the year – it doesn’t usually get much hotter or colder than this and it rarely rains.  I am a sunshine kinda girl (one of the reasons I’m going home to Aus is because I just can’t stand another English winter) and I could defiantly get used to this.

I’m staying with Joyce, one of my ex surfers who stayed with me in London a couple of years ago.  As with staying with Katie it’s a wonderful experience.  I like making new friends but its different staying with someone you already have a connection with.  It was like staying with old friends and Joyce and her fiancÚ show me the best of San Diego at a whirl wind pace to make the most the short time I have here.  They’re getting married in less than a month, moving into the new place and they still had me to stay! After ten days in the van its good to be staying in doors again.  We hit the best pizza in San Diego one night (olive and pesto, yum!).  Joyce has take the day off work to show me around and we hit Balboa Park with its beautiful conservatories full of orchids and palm fronds, beautiful, Spanish style architecture and ponds filled with water lilies, fat, brightly coloured carp and cute turtles

There is time for a walk in the old town and its old fashioned shops selling soaps and candles and salt water taffy before lunch at old fashioned Mexican dinner where the women work in the window flattenins balls of tortia dough in their bare hands.  This close to the border there is a big Mexican influence in the food but day trips across the boarder are no longer recommended due to safety concerns.  From what I hear Mexico is a bad place to be right now, with drug cartels enacting a might is right policy and using torture and fear to suppress anyone who dares to speak out or rise up against them.  We swing by Mission Beach and its upscale neighbourhood with killer views of the city.  I knew San Diego was on the coast but I never really thought of it as having beaches.  As the day draws to and end we hit Cabrillo National Monument just before it closes.  It used to be an island until sand from dredging of the navy shipping channels was dumped in bay, connecting the island to the main land by a narrow strip of sand.  The navel base has been decommissioned and the area turned into a national park.  There’s an old light house that’s been done up as a small museum, showing how the light house keepers of old would have lived in isolation before the island was connected, and San Diego was just a small town.  The views of the city from here are amazing and it reminds me of the Point Nepean area back home with its old brick bunkers and no go zones on the beach.  On my second and final night we makeChiles Rellenos from scratch.  It’s a Mexican recipe where you blacken and peel long peppers/capsicums before stuffing them with jack cheese and coating them with flour and a batter of beaten egg whites, flour and the yokes folded back in.  Once covered its fried in hot oil and served with salsa, beans, Mexican rice and a side of hot sauce if you want to spice it up.  Its entirely delicious and I’m delighted when Joyce makes me up a box to take with me for the train. 

The train back to LA is uneventful but the views of the coast and the beaches easier to see in the day light.  The stop in LA passes relatively quickly and before I know it I’m boarding my train to Austin.  The train leaves at 3pm and won’t roll into Austin until 10am on Friday in two days.  The time passes relatively quickly.  With the exception of long haul flights I seam to have an inate ability to pass time on journeys like this without getting board.  Sleeping on the train is not to bad.  The seats recline and there is a leg rest that goes up to be level with the seat.  If I’m luckily enough to have two seats to myself there is enough room on both chairs to curl up and sleep OK.  The coffee on board is still dire however and I’ve learnt to add lots of milk and sugar when I just can’t wait for a caffeine fix.  On the second night we are woken up at 2am to change carriages.  This one is having technical difficulties and we have to switch.  Between staring out the window, catching up on my blog and watching an old series of Chuck I’m in Austin almost before I know it. 
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Jen on

So no more Chris?

sarahs_voyage on

Sadly no. He only had a few weeks off work and had to get back to London. Plan is still for him to come out to Aus next year.

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