This is the story of my 6 months of studying in Arizona in 2010 and subsequent travels in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. Enjoy!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Day 13 - WOW, SEA WORLD! :D

Monday morning we got up and left the motel with all our luggage to go to Sea World, one of San Diego's main attraction. On the way we stopped by the hostel we would be sleeping at that night, in order to get some discounted rate tickets for the park.

I imagine how Sea World can be a visitor hell during holiday periods, but on this perfectly sunny January day we had all the space we wanted in the park. Sea World is a hybrid between a zoo and an amusement park with shows mixed in as well. We spend the day walking past huge aquariums and enclosures with whales, sea lions, a polar bear, loads of fish, some birds, etc. etc. etc. The most remarkable things was of course the performances, we watched 3: One with sea lions and an otter, which turned out to be our favorite show. The other two were with dolphins and killer whales, respectively, also both very fascinating and entertaining. We really had a great day browsing through the park, and when we left around 4 PM we felt like the 63$ was really well spent.

From the park we drove to the old part of San Diego through the Presidio park. The surprise from the park on the hill surprised us a bit, as we could really only see highways to all sides. Back down we checked out some shops, and then walked through parts of Old Town. A super cozy area with little old houses, some of which contained small, authentic-style shops, like an old candy shop. After a while we found a Mexican restaurant for dinner, then went back to the hostel to relax. It was sort of troublesome with parking around the city-center-hostel, and we had to get up at 3 AM to buy another parking ticket. But as we were awake due to noise in the hostel anyway, it wasn't really a problem.

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