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North America » United States » California » San Diego » Coronado March 18th 2015

Good evening, welcome to my TravelBlog. In this travelogue I will be telling my best experiences and memories about my trip to San Diego CA.... read more
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We started our more than a month long journey from our home today in San diego, CA! We will inform you of our stops along the way! We plan to finish the states we have not been to as well as see some of Americas most beautiful sites! We plan to spend a week in the smoky mountains as well as 2 weeks on a Caribbean cruise. It should be a very fun and amazing journey with my loving wife Jennifer. This is a trip we have been planning for months! So let's see where it takes us :)... read more
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North America » United States » California » San Diego March 10th 2015

The plan for today, our last day in San Diego, is to see as much as possible of Balboa Park. Originally known simply as City Park in the 19th century, it was selected as the site of the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal and renamed in honour of the Spanish explorer. Over the years, other exhibitions were held there and other buildings built. Many were turned into museums and gradually the park became the city's museum centre. We take a taxi from the hotel to the park. We buy a package that allows us to enter up to five different museums during the day. First pick is the Air and Space Museum. It's similar to other museums of its type, with a variety of aircraft on the floor and suspended ... read more
Apollo 9 Command Module, Air and Space Museum, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Billy Bishop's medals, Air and Space Museum, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Entrance to Museum of Man, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

North America » United States » California » San Diego March 9th 2015

Here are a few fun facts about our driving habits: 1. We usually have the windows rolled down, blaring either John Mayer or alt-J. 2. Only once have I chauffeured Kayli around while she was still sleeping in bed. 3. We never drive at night. 4. We stop to explore whenever we desire. 5. We are passed by most, including semis because we rarely drive above 50 M.P.H. (We just smile and wave) With this last fact in mind, you can imagine how overwhelmed we were upon entering San Diego. We were forced to drive at speeds our poor little van could barely handle. Where are all of these people going in such a hurry anyway? After a stressful few hours on the freeway, Kayli and I found comfort in the most unlikely of places, the ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Diego March 8th 2015

Blissful sleep-in morning. Today the plan is to hook up with Vi's cousin Mike, who lives in San Diego. Mike and his wife (whom we have never met before) pick us up around 11 and whisk us to brunch at a really interesting restaurant called the 94th Aero Squadron. The restaurant sits alongside an old airfield that is still used by smaller single-engine planes and vintage aircraft. The restaurant picks up this theme and features decor and memorabilia from the air forces of the first and second world war. The spread is fantastic, especially the seafood, which includes about three different types of salmon, numerous shellfish, Alaska king crab and much more. Bottomless champagne flutes ensure that everyone is happy. We eat outside on a patio, where we have front-row seats to planes and helicopters landing ... read more
View of San Diego and ocean from Mt. Soledad, San Diego, CA
La Jolla Beach, San Diego CA
Pelicans at La Jolla Beach, San Diego CA

North America » United States » California » San Diego March 7th 2015

Up early to submit to U.S. customs on board, mandatory for all non-U.S. citizens. Long wait. Our guy has trouble finding our entry stamp in our passports, which I guess is more important than I thought. But, of course, it is there. Relatively efficient disembarkation. Outside the weather is beautiful; warm but not humid, not a single cloud in the sky. I call our hotel, which sends over a van to pick us up. The hotel is not too far away from the cruise port, located on the outskirts of San Diego Old Town. After checking in at the hotel, we spend the day exploring Old Town. This is a reconstruction of the original San Diego town on the original site, the first permanent European mission on the Pacific Coast in 1769 and the first official ... read more
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North America » United States » California » San Diego » Ocean Beach February 27th 2015

Left hostel at 7AM on way to Tijuana and San Diego. My left foot had been hurting the day before and I was planning on visiting a pharmacy before heading out but Zaina who is a doctor advised me to elevate my leg as I slept. That really helped because my leg felt much better after 1 night. Driving through the desert away from Phoenix I made good time but when I hit California the gas prices jumped to the same as Canada $1/liter. I was surprised about this until I figured out that it discouraged people from Mexico from coming up and taking gasoline down to Mexico where the prices are high. Driving through Southern California is surprisingly challenging because the mountains are so high and the highways go right up the mountains. The engine ... read more
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North America » United States » California » San Diego February 11th 2015

February 11, 2015 (San Diego, CA) Well its that daunting time again...heading to the airport for the marathon trip from the west coast of the US to the East coast of Africa. At dinner last night a friend asked me if we fly east or west, and we figured out it probably was about the same. I'm leaving from SAN to ATL (non-stop flight) and then meeting up with two colleagues from OU in ATL. From there we take the 15 1/2 hour non-stop to Johannesburg, South Africa, then on to Swaziland. Looking forward to a new experience - this time spending some time working with a team doing outreach to remote areas, developing their vision screening program.... read more

North America » United States » California » San Diego January 8th 2015

Today we would be driving for the first time. This was exciting in itself and having the freedom to stop when we feel like it. First we picked up our car, they tried selling us every insurance under the sun and just felt a bit dodgy, almost like the dad from the Matilda story. We did lash out and upgrade to a car with GPS which after driving was possible the most sensible decision we have made all trip. When every taxi has a GPS it makes sense to be a first timer in the city to have a GPS. Once we got the car, on about the 4th corner Theresa freaked out when she thought Ryan pulled onto the wrong side of the road. We punched in Santa Monica into the GPS and headed for ... read more




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