San Diego Stories and Tips

Lorraine

We got back on the Greyhound bus to travel to San Diego. Our hotel was excellent and located in the historic Gaslamp District. There is an excellent public transport network to get around and see everything.

Visited Old Town San Diego, which is the original mission site of the town. We won’t talk about the evils of having too many margaritas! They have a saying: one margarita, two margarita, three margarita, floor! We also went to the famous San Diego Zoo, which is situated in beautiful, historic Balboa Park, which also has lots of attractions to see. The zoo is huge and home to many endangered species. The bus trip around the zoo takes 40 minutes. We were interested in seeing Hua Mei, the oldest surviving giant panda bear born in North America. Very cute. We didn’t have time to visit the Wild Animal Park or SeaWorld – next time. On St. Patrick’s Day we watched the President’s address to the nation about the war in Iraq, which was quite relevant, as San Diego has a navy base. The Americans seem to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with gusto – celebrations and the words "Erin Go Bragh" (Ireland forever) were everywhere.

We took a tour to Baja, travelling 125 miles along the Baja coastline, and we saw where they filmed Titanic and Pearl Harbour. Then we saw Calafia; Ensinada (an international port city); La Bufadora, "the blowhole" (the only other blowholes like this are in Hawaii and Australia); and Estero Beach, and we returned via Rosarito Beach and the border city of Tijuana. The trip was very interesting, and the scenery were very beautiful – of course, the local people are, for the most part, very poor. We saw some person trying to climb over the border fence into the US – evidently, about 800 Mexicans per day get across illegally.

We met and had dinner with some very nice people whilst in San Diego, which added to our experience. We really loved the town and plan on coming back. We find that one of the joys of travelling is meeting people.

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