Yesterday's lesson to note is be patient.
I went to San Diego via Amtrak. Union Station in LA is a bleak station compared to its counterparts in NYC or DC. It also does not even compare to the under rated station in Newark NJ.
My first impressions of the trip was this looks like the Bronx again. Then we passed some concrete river beds and we were in a landscape much like Industrial NJ, albeit in spring. After Anahiem, the scenery becomes breath taking. The train follow the coast in many places and the section in San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Nigel were amazing.
Aesthetically, San Diego is easy on the eyes. The only problem was there were no clear cut instructions linking the Zoo from the terminal. However if one walks 1/2 a mile the 7 bus takes one there for 2.25, the bus accepts dollars.
The San Diego Zoo was an excellent experience that did not live up to its hype. It did display Pandas in a wonderful manner. It also had a wonderful hippoquarium where the hippos swim freely. The reptile house was disappointing and they do a better job in DC or the Bronx. There was no Komodo Dragon on display or any aligators. It was still an excellent experience, just one that was over hyped.
I did see plenty of Ducks. However, there were no insane specimens quacking off about obscure foreign films and the merits of collectivization. I will have to return to this area as the Dead Sea scrolls are in San Diego. This does not seem to be a cause for a visit even though many of my class mates are extreemly religious.
I went to a decent Italian resturant. This was the first time I had gnocci outside of NYC. In NYC
it is served in a very thick meat sauce. It was said to be served in a meat sauce but it tasted somewhat soft. It was good to enjoy gelato and San Pelogrino water as well. I drank the whole bottle as the local water is disgusting. The people in San Diego joke about LA water. The people in LA claim this is a local problem confined to my area Japantown.
I went to the breath taking Japanese garden. It is a wonderful place to relax. For some reason management decided not to place Koi in the pool. However, Koi are expensive and a opportunistic Earl the Cat could eat six figures of Koi in a single setting.
I do not like Japanese food so my mission today will be to locate the local Cuban resturant and visit a Carl Jr's.
Beamish in 08