San Diego 2003 - Animals and Hostel
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It was spring break where I worked at, and I decided to visit San Diego. Never been there before, and I would only have about 4 days of travel. I visited from March 13th to the 16th, which was part of spring break, where I worked. And things were better in my life than the last time I traveled.
As the plane was about to land in San Diego, I noticed how close it was flying near some buildings. That was kind of scary. I arrived, and would not have a car for the 1st 2 days of the trip. So I took a bus, which was not far at all, from downtown.
I would stay in a hostel for the very first time. I finally did it, after reading about it for a long time, and considered it before.
First place to visit, was Balboa Park. I walked there from the hostel, which was farther than I thought, as I was sweating a lot. Balboa Park has a lot of buildings, making it feel like I am in Latin America. I did not stay long, as I went to the San Diego Historical Society Museum, which was not a city history museum. Instead, it showcased on how San Diego is a popular place for movies. There were other museums, but I did not have time for them.
I would meet up with Maria, who took me to Old Town, which was an old Anglo settlement.
I got to visit the 2 animals parks: the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park. One day for each, with the zoo being the first one of the two. This was where I got to see pandas and koalas, along with the other animals. When the zoo opened, I made a mad dash to the panda, before it got crowded. I got this advice from someone, but can't remember who. Well, it paid off, because later on in the day, there was a long line. I was not able to see everything, as the place is huge!
The second was Wild Animal Park, where animals are more free to roam, as if they are in their natural habitat.
I did make stop to meet up with some people, and we all ate dinner at an authentic Mexican restaurant. Then I did stay at their place. I know before, that I would never do this again, but someone insisted that I stay with them, and it was just for one night. It worked out well this time.
There were more sights that I wanted to see, but unfortunately, I did not have enough time, and could not take too much time off work. Maybe another time. And hope that time, it does not rain at all.