15.07.2012 - 19.07.2012 28 °C
There wasn't a great deal that we wanted to do in San Diego but we had a really nice time anyway, soaking up the sun and enjoying the last few days of our trip together. I tried not to think that I'd be back in England soon, but unfortunately it was at the front of my mind all the time, which ruined these last few days a bit as I was a bit mopey!
Although we were heading to the final city of our 5 month trip, I was pretty excited as we were packing up to leave LA because we were going to stop at Newport Beach on the way down to San Diego. This is where the TV show The O.C. was filmed, which is one of my favourite shows ever! We had lunch by Newport Pier and strolled along the ocean front, envying the people chilling outside their beach houses. Newport was everything I imagined it would be and I'm really glad we got to go there and see it Some of the yachts we saw as we passed the harbour on the way out of town were amazing!
The restaurant that was the 'Crab Shack' in The O.C.
Lunch on the beach
When we arrived at our hostel in San Diego we were a little disappointed as it was no where near as nice as the one we'd stayed in in LA (even though it was part of the same small chain). However, it didn't matter too much as it was right on Pacific Beach and we were only staying there one night before moving to the downtown area.
We spent the afternoon relaxing on the beach and most of the evening at a place called P.B. Alehouse which did delicious food and even more delicious beer
I was pretty tired so I called it a night when we got back to the hostel, but Stephen stayed up drinking with some people we'd met in LA and didn't end up getting to bed until about 4am!
As Stephen was feeling too tired and hungover to drive us anywhere, we decided today would be another beach day. We managed to drag ourselves the 5 metres from the hostel to the beach and stayed there for most of the day (breaking for lunch at P.B. Alehouse!). We eventually got in the car and drove to our next hostel in the late afternoon, where we discovered parking was an absolute nightmare as it was right in the middle of downtown and next to Petco Park (the baseball stadium). Quite a lot of time was spent over our last few days moving the car between different cheap/free parking spots!
We had a private room in this hostel and it was nice and cosy. The whole place was generally pretty cool with lots of random artwork and drawings all over the walls. We walked into the Gaslamp Quarter in the evening (where all the restaurants and bars are) and found an amazing Mexican place called La Puerta to have dinner. It ended up being even better than we thought as when we got the bill the delicious home-made guacamole and our beers were half price!
We really didn't know what to do during the day today so we ended up sleeping in really late and then wandering around downtown for a bit before having something to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe (the worst one I've ever been to - rude staff and no atmosphere!). After lunch we walked down to have a look at the convention centre where ComicCon had been on a few days before, unfortunately everything had been taken away already and there wasn't anything of much interest to see, apart from a couple of massive games adverts covering the entire building of both the Hilton and Marriott hotels, but even these were in the process of being taken down.
We then took our picnic blanket down to the park by the harbour and just chilled out there for the rest of the afternoon. We were watching the men taking down the games advert from the windows of the Hilton and one of them dropped his roll and it was very close to falling on someone's head about 20 stories below! It was pretty funny but would have been a very different story if it had actually hit someone!
Chilling in the park
In the evening we went to Petco Park to see a baseball game - the San Diego Padres against the Houston Astros. It was really fun and the Padres won by a long way so the atmosphere was great too It was a special day where people could bring their dog's to the baseball game too, so that was pretty funny to see!
I woke up this morning feeling very sad - it was my last full day away before going back home and leaving Stephen Luckily we had a fun packed day ahead of us! We got up early (mainly because we had to move the car from its parking space before 8!) and drove to iHop for a yummy pancake breakfast before heading to San Diego Zoo for when it opened.
San Diego Zoo
We had a lovely day at the zoo and saw some really funny animals - here's a few of my favourites:
The orangutan looked so sad and was all on its own in the corner of the enclosure It made us feel really sad!
Me being a seal!
We felt really lucky to be able to see Giant Pandas again, after seeing them for the first time all those months ago in Chiang Mai.
In the evening we dressed up in our best clothes and headed to a posh steak restaurant for dinner. We spent way more than we should have done, but the food was really great and it was a perfect last night together
It was hell trying to pack all of the things I'd accumulated in the US into my two bags (I bought another one to take extra stuff home). I also had some of Stephen's stuff to bring home and lots of beer for him to have at home so I got very stressed trying to get it all to fit. Eventually Stephen managed to do it and so we loaded up the car and made our way back to LA.
After dropping the car back off at Hertz we got a taxi to the airport (with a very funny sports obsessed Iranian tax driver!) where we waited or our flights. We were pretty early so we sat in Starbucks feeling very sad until the time came when we had to part. This is probably the saddest I've been in my entire life; ending the trip of a lifetime and saying goodbye to Stephen, it was just terrible!
And so it ends...
I will look back on these past few months and remember them with such happiness. I'm so proud that I had the courage to go as I enjoyed myself more than I ever thought possible. It was perfect being able to share this with Stephen and the memories will last forever We are already planning our next trip (money and time dependent of course) and hope that this first adventure will not be our last!