All restaurants in the US offer you (tap) water non-stop. Your glass is never empty. I think I had more water in this trip than I have in a month in London. Very healthy habit and you drink less of other stuff during meals.
The sidewalks are large, perfect for walking. And the streets are beautifully organised in parallels and perpendiculars. Impossible to get lost.
People are very very nice there. It is always better to have overly nice people than rude people, right?
Although it is very easy to walk around San Diego very few people do. I was one of the few people that walked from the hotel to the city centre (less than 2 miles) and people called me “very brave” for doing so. Very few bicycles as well. Shame.
Panda Inn, an American Chinese (Mandarin, sorry) chain in California (with one or two restaurants in Canada). It looks nice, it smells nice, but the food… don’t bother. Honestly, just go to an American fast food restaurant and the food will be much better. I had a dish with prawns and walnut. The prawns were covered in… mayonnaise. No, really, have you ever eaten mayonnaise in Chinese restaurant? I haven’t been to China, yet, but none of the Chinese places I’ve been to in London had something like that. It was like having warm prawns cocktails (which I dislike, by the way). And stay away from the “fresh lemonade with raspberry juice” – it’s the sweetest and most artificial drink I have ever had. Yuk!
A lot of homeless people compared to London.
Streets smell bad – no wonder why people don’t want to walk on the streets.
And the things that are worth mentioning
We had a nice dinner at the Harbor House. I had pasta and it wasn’t ubber tasty, but a couple of people had the paella and said it was really nice. The portions are huge and can be easily shared. The view is really nice.
We stayed at the Inn at the Park. Despite the bad reviews on Trip Advisor, I don’t think it was as bad as people said it was. Ok, I’m easy going. And I didn’t pay for it. Having said that, half of the hotel is being refurbished – the other half has just gone through renovation. The rooms are new and clean and whether you like the decor or not, they look good. They are big, have nice big beds, a nice big sofa, a closet, the bathroom is new and good sized (no, no bathtub, just shower, which is perfect) and there is even a nice little kitchen (little, but the same size of our kitchen in our previous flat in London) with all the appliances. The main problem is that because it was so new, they didn’t have the new electricity system connected – so air con didn’t work, dish washer didn’t work (why do you need one anyway?), the hob didn’t work,… fridge and microwave were working though and it was great to have both there for late night meals. The hotel is a spit away from Balboa Park.
Comic Con. Great for geeks and comic fans. Fun for the rest of us. One day is more than enough if you are not really into the whole dressing up thing, not keen in very long queues to get free bags and pin badges, and ever longer queues for the talks and screenings. Plus it is expensive if you are not into it. We paid $175 for our professional badges, per person, for the 4 days. As I said, one day would have been more than enough for me.
Next time: beach, Sea World, Safari.