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South America » Peru » Lima December 26th 2006

Two hours late to Lima from , we finally arrived at our hostel in Barranco, Lima, by 2 am on X-mas Day. Barranco's Backpackers Inn can really be recommended: safe area/hostel with nice rooms and great breakfast. (we were fed even though we overslept by about an hour and a half the first morning!) Having wolfed down some lovely bread, hot chocolate and a banana we headed for the beach (5 minutes' walk, downhill) as it was really sunny, and besides, the whole town seemed to be down there as well... We only stayed for about an hour though, with pasty skin frying yourself 15 degrees south of the equator isn't a terrible good idea :/ Then we walked round the area for most of the day, before sitting down in a sunset-facing restaurant above the ... read more
My name is Cookie!
Our hostel
Sea view from the hostel

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Venice Beach December 24th 2006

why do we have to be so fr**king PC? We wish family and friends (and anyone else reading the blog) a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!... read more

North America » United States December 24th 2006

We don't have a lot to compare with yet, since the US is our first country on the trip, if we disregard the few hours in Mexico. Nevertheless, the US gets top marks for nature and friendly people, and so-so for food (hard to find anything that isn't junk within a backpacker budget). People usually say Germans are very well organised, which seems generally true, but, with a few exeptions the Americans are as well. Their national parks, for instance, are very well organised. The entrepreneurial spirit is something that shines through pretty much everywhere. People seem to live by JFK's words: don't ask what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country (and yourself). We wish we could see a bit more of the same mentality in Europe. Now, ... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Orange December 22nd 2006

This last day of our road trip was supposed to about surfing in the self-named surf capital of the US, Huntington Beach (HB). So we spent the night at Sea View Motel (no sea view though), just outside HB. HB definately got the surfing vibe, with loads of surf shops and surfer-friendly prices at the cafes, in addition to the most gourgeous beach. The morning started well, with offshore winds and glassy 3ft waves, but we needed some breakfast first. An hour later the wind changed to onshore (which turns the surf from glassy to messy), the waves got bigger and conditions were out of our league, unfortunately. So, we spent a couple of hours watching the guys who know how to handle it instead. Later in the afternoon, in a desperate attempt to get wet, ... read more
showing off...

North America » Mexico » Baja California » Tijuana December 21st 2006

The trip to Tijuana started well. We parked the car just north of the border and took the bus to Tijuna - a 15 min ride. The main street, Revolucion, was, as you expect, full of people trying to sell you anything and everything. They did lack a bit of sales technique though. Hello, welcome, come have a look, best store! hardly trigger any buying needs. Once off Revolucion, it got a bit more interesting, with vibrant street markets, street musicians and underdressed ladies. We had a very nice seafood meal and headed back to the bus. For some reason the way to the border from Tijuana is a lot longer than the other way. This time it took us 2 hours. Later we discovered that the US immigration added the extra 1h45min. At last we ... read more
Our lady of Guadalupe
St Louis...
Street musicians

North America » United States » California » San Diego December 20th 2006

We used San Diego as a launching pad for a day-trip to Tijuana, and found a very central hostel in the downtown Glaslamp quarters. This used to be the seedier side of town, but is now the hippest part (so we were told). San Diego is a small town though, in comparison to NYC and LA, and it shows. We walked around for a bit, got a bite to eat and saw Rocky Balboa. Not one of the best movies we've seen, but worth a DVD-rental. Went to bed early to be fresh for Mexico... eh, Tijuana anyway. Vi anvande San Diego som en utgangspunkt for var dagstripp till Tijuana, och hittade ett valdigt centralt vandrarhem i Gaslamp-kvarteren. Detta brukade vara den skummare delen av staden, men ar nu den hippaste (enligt utsago). San Diego ar ... read more

To get to the Joshua Tree National Park we drove past some interesting (to say the least) towns with names like Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms. Could it have something to do with basically the only vegetation out there higher than 5 feet being varieties of the Yucca lily (yes, it's not a palm tree at all...)? In Twentynine Palms (which hosts a massive military base and seems to be the reason the town is around at all) we were told that coyotes would come up to the car and beg for food, so we looked, and looked, and looked... D saw a tail and a stripy behind, and that was it... The only other interesting fauna we saw was a black-tailed jackrabbit. The park, which is part of the Mojave Desert, is enourmous. You could ... read more
Black-tailed Jackrabbit

North America » United States » California » Big Bear December 18th 2006

Day 2 we drove right through LA to the other side, and the Big Bear Lake area in the San Bernardino mountains. We'd planned to see if we could find some skis and a slope and have a go, but in the end it was too cold, especially since we don't have any salopettes with us... Whimps ;) Also, past Arrowhead (close to the top of the mountain) snow chains were a requirement, and we didn't have any of those either... So we went back down again, and headed for the Joshua Tree National Park. Well worth the trip though, for the fantastic views. Sa mycket sno och inga skidor! Dag 2 korde vi rakt igenom LA till andra sidan, och Big Bear Lake-omradet i San Bernardino-bergen. Vi hade tankt se om det fanns skidor och ... read more

North America » United States » California » Santa Barbara December 17th 2006

Day 1 of the road trip: Santa Barbara. We drove along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), looked at the sea, the nature, the mountains, the pretty houses... PCH must be must one of the most beautiful roads around. It's easy to forget that you're driving and to just look at the views. Santa Barbara itself we didn't spend long in, although it was a beautiful place, we headed back to Malibu for the night... Dag 1 pa bilresan: Santa Barbara. Vi korde langs Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), tittade pa havet, naturen, bergen, de fina husen... PCH maste vara en av de vackraste vagarna som finns. Det ar latt att glomma att man kor bil och istallet bara titta pa utsikten. Sjalva Santa Barbara stannade vi inte lange i aven om det var fint, vi akte istallet ... read more
Pacific Coast Highway
Late afternoon...
Bates' Motel

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Venice Beach December 16th 2006

We arrived in LA on a hazy morning, and were picked up at the airport by Michael from the hostel. He gave us a quickie description of the sights from the car, then dropped us off at the hostel. We had the only private room, complete with sunken bath tub (jacuzzi too!), fridge and painted glass window with a lion. Classy! Sadly the window above the bed wouldn't close so the nights were pretty cold, but otherwise ok. After dropping off our bags we headed down to Venice Beach and the (in)famous boardwalk, complete with nutters, street vendors, old hippie types and loads of people on skates. Muscle Beach was quite a disappointment, only one guy there and none of that over-the-top oiled skin seen in movies... No complaining, but we like to see myths proven ... read more
Venice Beach
...well there were a couple
The skaters...

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