First day in San Diego
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After taking some rest and not waking up that late (6am first, then 9am) and finally getting up at 10am, I am taking my first stroll in the city. That's a cultural change for a parisian people! Streets are wide, clean, people are frienly and cars do stop when you're about to cross the street.
A hop to the city transit to get my bus day pass for $5, and off to the gaslamp area to check out things. A lot of bars and restaurants, some fancy hotels and the convention center just across the street. At least I know my way for the next days! And here is also the baseball stadium, the first I am seeing in my life (I saw some baseball fields in japan, but never a real NLB stadium, impressive.
As for luch, I would like some sushi. But without any advice, I decide to go to this ceramic shop which does import from japan and ask the nice owner lady about my craving.
I then get a call from fellow travbuddy Elise, and off we go to meet at Ocean Beach. Riding the 923 bus is pretty convenient, and I am there 20 minutes later. The streets behind the beach are what I would have dreamt of California: long stretch of road with palm trees, low houses and small frontyards.
A beach towel and a new piercing later, we are back on the highway to downtown (pretty cool ride as well, first time on a US highway, that is worth mentioning). I get my badge for SIGGRAPH and Sandbox events, and we are going for a drink and light dinner. How cool!
I really like the life here - within 24 hours, I can tell you, for sure - anyway I have always liked the idea of city life with the beach or moutains around (sea being my preference). Just thinking about going to work with a surf board in the trunk gives me chills...
Off to bed for the first serious part of the trip by tomorrow!