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28 Feb 2020

California Dream – San Diego

California Dream – San Diego

The factory of movies. The famous Los Angeles! Definitely a gem in my June roster. Only one thing limited my excitement. Fear that the crew fails and a 49-hour stay in California will spend as usual on shopping and eating.

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California though, like most US states is subordinated to cars. Huge distances, great highways and a wide range of opportunities to do shopping and a lot of different activities without leaving the car. So, without rental a car you can’t see much.  And so, more people the lower the costs.

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Nice surprise

To my surprise, on an expedition decided record 8 people! The standard international environment. Spanish Andrea, Greek Vasiliki, Portuguese Ana Claudia, birthday Romanian Oana, Brazilian Bruno, Argentinean Gonzalo and … Sheila, mulatto who spend half of her life in Nigeria and other half in UK with a Polish passport! : D I couldn’t lose occasion to upgrade a bit her Polish language. The most difficult to master was the orange juice – “sok po-ma-wan-czowy”:D

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We decided to visit San Diego. Although I have never been to Los Angeles, I thought that photo with the “Hollywood” sign, the walk on the stars engraved in the pavement, or sunbathing in Santa Monica, I can always do another time. Escapade in such a large and awesome group, may never be repeated.

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Almost 16-hour flight, to mildly put it, wasn’t easy. I worked my ass off! It’s strange that weighting over half a million tons giant Airbus A380 can spend so much time in the air! We landed after 1 pm. local time. But rather than rest, we arranged car and on the very same afternoon we went to Los Angeles, to Griffith Park, from where stretched a beautiful view of the entire Los Angeles.

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We didn’t make it on sunset because of ubiquitous traffic jams but still views didn’t disappoint us. Traffic jams are one of the biggest problems of California. Despite the well-developed road infrastructure, queuing among hundreds of other cars, it’s standard. There is just too much cars. This proves only the fact that the building of another roads and highways won’t make traffic smoother, and certainly either make life easier for residents. Presidents of Polish cities! Do you hear that?!

Perfect place to leave for rich and… not only

California didn’t greet us with the perfect weather, but we couldn’t complain either. The climate of San Diego is considered as one of the most friendly to live. The average annual temperature is 20 degrees Celsius. In winter, happens very rarely that the thermometer indicated less than 15 degrees. In the summer you can enjoy usually 25-30 degrees Celsius.

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The mild climate of San Diego and whole California, makes this state also a favorite place to live not only for the rich ones but also… for the homeless. Their number is estimated at approx. 200,000. It’s as if all the inhabitants of Rennes in France lived on the street. And indeed, people poorly dressed, begging, or looking for food in the dustbins are a common sight.

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However, San Diego is even though a lovely city. Lots of greenery, harmonious buildings, without fences dividing urban space, wide beaches, ocean waves beating on majestic cliffs, and on them… sea lions! Tens of mammals heating up in the sun, snorts, coughs and making hard to describe sounds. Beside them hundreds of birds and other mammals of the species homo turistas, taking selfies with animals which are already accustomed to the view of people.

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Civilization coexisting in harmony with nature?

Even though, myself also belongs to the species of homo turistas, which quite often is lacking of reason. Lack of this important part of our personality I’ve shown as well. Intoxicated by the beauty of the ocean, I approached the edge of the rocks, with waves  crashing on them, closer and closer. Seeing this, Sheila suggested, that maybe she could carry my camera. With a distinct confidence in my voice I said that there was no such need. In the end, I’ve already done some travels all around the world and gained some experience. The second didn’t even pass, and I, on my own skin and clothes realized of what temperature the water is in the ocean…

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Anyway, a beautiful thing, it might seem, civilization lives here in harmony with nature. However, life isn’t a fairy tale, not so colorful, or rather sweet-smelling. The group of restaurateurs and developers, who in past decided to build their properties there sued the city that… the area stinks because of sea lions and the city isn’t doing anything about it…

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It’s so typical for Americans… Build the house on the shore of the ocean, where it has always sea lions sprawl, and wonder then, that there stinks. It’s like smoking cigarettes, get lung cancer and sue the company that produces cigarettes.

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Another tourist attraction – the cemetery…

And if we’re talking about death, to which usually leads lung cancer, I invite you to the… cemetery :) I must admit, it’d be quite odd answering on the question of what I was doing in San Diego, that I went to the cemetery. But this one was really worth a visit.

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Apparently, this on one of the most beautiful national cemeteries in the United States, where rests  mainly soldiers of US Navy. The cemetery, with all due respect to this place, was very photogenic. Evenly trimmed grass, harmoniously arranged gravestones, and the views from one side to the downtown San Diego, and on the other the Pacific Ocean.

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Insult as much as you can!

At the end we went to the historic center, which today is dominated by various pubs, clubs and restaurants. We followed Bruno’s advice, we decided to eat and drink (rather sequence of these operations should be reversed) in Dick’s Last Resort, where the service is encouraged to insult and joke with customers as much as possible. For instance, the waiter while giving me hand, imperceptibly splashed water on my crotch, which in turn made me looking like I pissed my pants.

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Spending this amazing layover was in cost of sleep deficit, which later resulted in exceptional fatigue during the return flight but it was definitely worth it!

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