Thursday, July 14, 2005

Back from San Diego & Me-he-co!

Very, very tired and back from San Diego and Mexico! My favorite parts were visiting Ensenada in Mexico and laying on Pacific Beach.
The “Road to Ensenada” was beautiful, following the oceanside the entire way with huge cliffs and crashing waves to the right and mountains to the left. The city itself is a blend of authentic Mexico and tourist Mexico, which was good for me since I had never been. Shops had everything from Mexican-style handcrafted goods to upscale world brands. Little kids, some as young as about six, ran up to us selling chiclets and offering to braid our hair. We stopped at a bar called Hussong’s, which turned out to be a hangout for Mexican locals and a perfect place to get the real flavor of Mexico. When I walked in, the building, at 110 years old, “felt” happy. It also turned out to be the birthplace of the margarita. Who knew? Peanut shells filled the floor, and a mariachi band played constantly, with everyone singing along. I really wished I knew the songs because they were having so much fun! We also stopped at Puerto Nuevo, where we had a $13 lobster meal. What a steal!
The next day was spent at the beach in San Diego, where it was cold to the point of goose bumps at times but where I somehow still managed to get sunburned. I couldn’t get in the water like here, of course, because it was so cold, but listening to music and laying on the beach was still very relaxing.
Later that day, we went to Coronado Island and took a look around at the Hotel Del Coronado, which was built in 1888 and is absolutely gorgeous. White on the outside with a red gabled roof, it is a massive structure. Inside, the woodwork is unbelievable, with the richness of the layout and design harkening back to a time when things were built much differently. I'd love to stay there some time.

All in all, it was a very nice trip, but until they can turn up the water temperature, Texas is still the place for me!

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