San Diego - my home from home

Trip Start Feb 28, 2005
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Saturday, March 26, 2005

I finally got to San D at 9am and felt a little grubby from the trip, but really was happy when I woke up on the bus there and saw sunshine. The weather there is guaranteed to be good 90% of the time and this cheered me up! Thje hostel I had booked was in the Gas Lamp Quarter and only two blocks away from the sea which upon arriving, I found was a very nice area. It is all old buildings (which I like), and seemed to be the fashionable place to be. It is named so because of the lamps that line the streets! I was very polite when I got to the USA Hostel and they didn't have my booking, but they were quick to sort it out and my 'home from home' relationship started with everyone there.

I thought I would start the day with some shopping as this is what I seemed to be surrounded by (as well as many lush restaurants including TGI Fridays, my weakness!). I particularly liked Urban Outfitters, The Dungaree Company, and a wicked dress shop that sold evening dresses that looked like they belonged on fairies. The Horton Plaza is an indoor/outdoor mall that was designed so that you could never quite get out easily and had to pass more shops that would draw you in. I brought a summer jacket for ten quid which has served me very well since. I got back at 2pm and phone d some friends from LA who had suggested we go to Tijuana that night (O.C. style), but by the time I phoned them it was a little late, so I did my usual - a little kip!

I felt very safe in San D and so went out for a walk that night. THe convention centre separates the buildings from the sea and it is a massive building. That evening there seemed to be some ball full of Mexican people, and I enjoyed looking at all the guys hats and shirts, and the girls pretty dresses, but I couldn't help feeling it was going to be a hoot-e-nany (?) and they would soon start shooting their pistols up in the air. they didn't have any pistols of course, the security on the door made sure of that.

On the sea front is the Sea Port Village - a kind of Marina, where I felt it was imperative i tried some Mexican food (which is never as good as the food I make at home) and some Rocky Road Fudge type concoction at the Fudge Factory. Sweet food does seem to be my downfall at the moment! The Village was very pretty and I often returned there over the next couple of weeks just as I like being by the sea, it clears my head. I also felt a bit like a princess when the horse-drawn carriages with lights all over them like lit up pumpkins kept trotting on by. Bliss - should have brought a fairy dress and got on one just for fun!
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