Soooo we had arrived in Barstowe. The hotel was puh-retty cool. We had gotten an upgrade because my father had signed up for some thing (no idea what for, I don’t think it had any use at all) so we had a really nice hotel room. Two rooms, two tellies, a desk, and the bathroom was immense as well. It was really big, and on the left was a bath/shower combination, and there was also a jacuzzi. The bathroom also had a window you could open, probably so you could watch tv from the jacuzzi (!). In all, really damn luxury. Dinner there, though, was not. I wasn’t hungry so I opted to skip dinner, but the rest of the family did want food. At 9:30pm, EVERYTHING was closed, except for one tiny snackbar thingy where you could choose from like, four things. Poor family.
Next day, we got up, had a niiice breakfast, waited in the lobby for a little. The lobby had two computers with internet (and HUGE monitors) you could use for free, ‘t was nice. After that, we left and drove to our final destination of the journey, San Diego. I can’t remember a thing from the drive, so either nothing special happened, or my memory is shit. Probably the latter. Anyway, we drove to San Diego. We arrived in San Diego as well (oooooooooooooooooooh!). The hotel/motel was … nice? I’m overusing that word. It had a seperate bedroom, that was yay. Later that afternoon/evening, we went to visit Old Town, a park thingy in San Diego that has been kept like it was in the late 1800s or something. Of course it’s been renovated, but it still looks the same. We had dinner in some Mexican restaurant, came to the conclusion next time we’re just ordering drinks (free refills) and eating the free tortilla chips on the table (free refills on that as well) xD (We didn’t actually do that, haha). We walked around for a bit, it was pretty cool. There was a museum thingy on the post things (sorry… my English vocabulary is real bad today), an awesome candy shop with billions of kinds of candy. They had these really cool big jelly beans that looked just like stones, I’ll post a picture of them later. They also made their own candy, with one of those stretch things… it was great. There was a candle/soap shop where you could make your own hand in wax and colour it, and they had so. much. different kinds of soap and candles, and a bunch things you could hang on the wall with funny things on them (and they were actually funny as well, instead of the forced thing that you often see). There was an old school, with also a list on things you get punished for. Harassing a girl, 10 lashes, having long nails, 1 lash, etc. Kind of funny since the girls were protected in every way possible, or something. I also bought a shirt there, I <3 SD. SD obviously standing for San Diego, but SD are also my initials so yeah… woohoo.
The next day, we went to Sea World. Aaawesome. Firstly, the shows. The first show we saw, was the killer whale show. The star whale or something was called Shamu (I’ve seen and heard that name at least a thousand times that day. *sigh*). The show was really impressing. It’s such a magnificent, beautiful animal. I’d never seen one in real life before, either. It was also really cool how they like, swum around the corner, did their trick and swum back. Impressing how they trained them. However, as much as I loved it, I did felt somewhat like, well, yeah. It’s completely against nature to train and basically exploit animals like this…they had three whales, and while they probably take very good care of them, I can’t imagine they live in a pool even close to the spaciousness they’d have had if they lived in the ocean. Anyway. We also went to a show of which I’ve lost the name, but it was cool. It was kind of circus-esque, with acts. Nothing with animals, it was just people doing stuff. It was cool. I don’t know how to describe it xD The third show we watched, was the dolphin show. It was pretty cool. They had a new set, apparently, and it definitely looked good. The show was a story about some girl, but the story was lame, it’s not really worth mentioning. The show also included a couple of kinds of birds, that was a nice addition. The dolphins were really cool (I’m completely back set on my future career being a dolphin trainer xD), they’re just such beautiful creatures. The acrobats did cool stuff, although their suits were a bit … weird. There were a bunch of guys supposed to be birds, but their suits looked like they were wearing a bikini and a skirt. BUT, the show was still pretty awesome. Although we did had to wait a lot in advance, because the show filled up really quickly, so you had to get there like at least 40 minutes before the thing actually started.
The last show we watched, was the Rocking with Shamu show or something like that. It was supposed to be a killer whale show to ‘all kinds of rock’n’roll tunes’. The show itself was pretty cool, also with lights (since it was dark outside), but it wasn’t very rock’n’roll, it was more a weird mix of pop and a tiny bit of rock and other music sorts… it definitely wasn’t rock’n’roll, that’s for sure. It was still a nice show, though. Um… I don’t really have much to say about it, haha.
Apart from the shows, we’ve also been to a couple of rides. One we’ve only been once in but was definitely cool, was something of which I’ve forgotten the name, but it was sort of like rafting. You’d sit in a circular boat, for nine persons, I think, and it was this wild water ride. You got very wet in it, haha, but that wasn’t that bad because it was fairly warm. Although at the end of the day it was kinda cold, since some parts of my clothes just refused to dry. An other ride we’ve been in was an Antarctica experience. You did a ‘helicopter ride’, in one of those rooms that move and you look at a screen. No idea how to describe that or what it’s called, but it was cool. After that, there were a couple of animals. Ice bears (who were hiding, you could only see one. He was sitting in a corner, squished against the window, that was cool to see, but there were really a lot of people, so I just peered between people and thought enough of it. There also were walruses. Holy jeez, those creatures are huge. Killer whales for example are also very big, they’re even bigger, but you can’t really see it when you look at the animal without a reference next to it, but the walruses, you could just see they were huge. Especially the male was just one huge blob of fat. Walruses are cool.
The last animal there were beluga whales. Oh, I loved those. They’re pretty small whales, I suck at estimating but I think something like 3-4m long, and they’re completely white. They’re beautiful. I’ve been standing there for the longest time, unable to walk away. <3 Love.
In the end of the Arctic thingy, there was a real ice wall. I don’t know what the exact purpose of it was, but it was cool.
The last ride we’ve been on (and we’ve been on that a lot of times, haha), was the Journey to Atlantis. There wasn’t much journey or Atlantis about it, but it was nice. The only Atlantis thing was that at first you heard “the destiny of Atlantis is in your hands, if you don’t save Atlantis it will disappear forever”, and a minute later when the ride was finished and all you did was sit the woman’s voice from the speakers said “Well done! You’ve saved Atlantis” and some more blabbering like that. It was a very nice ride, though. It was a water splash thingy, like, you sit in one of the carts, and it goes up, and down a splash track thing. Then you go up again, there’s a small part of rollercoaster, another splash, and it’s done. It was nice though. At the end of the day, at like 9pm or something, we’ve been on that like five times in a row. Before the vacation we had bought rain ponchos, like those plastic things you use and throw away afterwards. However, we hadn’t used those yet. Because it was kind of cold, we went in the Journey to Atlantis, but in those ponchos! Definitely a good idea, I wouldn’t have wanted to walk around completely soaked at 9pm with a temperature below 20*C
An other thing we’ve seen/done there, was a pool thingy with rays in there, which you could also stroke. Also one other kind of fish or shark or something. Rays feel reaaally weird. I’ve touched them before, but that was when I was like 8 or 9, and I was kind of scared. It feels really weird. Really soft and squishy. You could also feed them, but I didn’t do that. Both because it cost a lot of money and because I was a little scared. They don’t even have teeth, but still.
A good closer of the evening was the fireworks they set off. They were really spectacular. I missed half of it because I was in the Journey of Atlantis again, but it was really cool.
Our last full day in San Diego. We first went to do some more shopping because we hadn’t quite bought everything we wanted yet (especially me… I wanted to massively shop on chucks, because they’re so cheap in the US and so expensive here, and I hadn’t bought a single pair yet). We went to this place called Fashion Valley (lol), which was a big site of all kinds of warehouses and shops. In all, I bought one pair of chucks (:’(), a Green Day shirt for 11 bucks, and a couple non interesting things. I also saw Mike’s shoes and other MacBeth shoes in one shop, but Mike’s shoes weren’t the kind I wanted (although they were on sale for a ridiculously cheap $20), and the shoes I did want weren’t on sale, but they didn’t feel good either. So I’ve come to the conclusion the Journey’s hates me, because this is the third time this happens in a Journey’s shop. We had lunch, and then we went to La Jolla (lovely pronounced phonetically “la yolla” by my mom :P).
It was beautiful there. The waves were high and really spectacular, I’ve made a bunch of pictures of that. There was this beach that had sealions on it, which you could publicly access as well. That was pretty cool. You couldn’t go near them, though. Fortunately, otherwise they’d be gone. Um… that’s really all I can think of what to say, it’s just something you gotta see. While walking back to the car, there was this dad with his kids (I suppose) plus a bunch of other kids who had THE best toy ever. A bunch of guys walking by called it “that silver rocket nuke thing is the coolest thing ever!”, and that’s really what describes it best. It was this giant, silver balloon that looked like a nuke or a rocket, and you’d throw/push it in the air in a certain way, and it’d float back to the ground, but really cool. I want to have that thing.
We drove to a place to eat, our final dinner in the United States (sniff). We ate in this cute restaurant/cafe/bar, nothing really special about it. The food was nice, although huge (like everywhere. The portions are just big everywhere. Not as gigantic like us was told before, but still, big). We also had a really nice view on the fireworks from Sea World from our table, that was nice.
The next morning, our last hours in the US :( We had to get up somewhat early in order to be on time at the airport. We got up, had our last breakfast, and drove to LA. We dropped off the rental car, went to the airport by shuttlebus, and had to wait at the airport. We had to take our shoes off at the customs services thingy. I know that’s standard in US airports, but it was still kind of funny. We had lunch at the airport, the food was ridiculously expensive. I had hoped there was a CD shop at the airport, because I want a copy of Dookie without the Ernie on the back (and all vacation we haven’t been in a single record store. Well, we’ve been in one, but that one didn’t have it), so I was kind of bummed about that, but it’s not a disaster. Some more waiting, and then, the flight. To our surprise, we did have the tv thingies in the seats. That was really nice. I feel as if I’ve told this before, but I’m too lazy to check what I’ve already written about the flight xD The flight was mainly, long. Dinner was really not nice at all and I was still hungry after it. They also brought us ice cream again, like, during the 7th hour of the flight or something like that. I entertained myself with a movie I really liked, I think it was called The Blind Side. I watched another movie called Planet 51. It’s one of those computer animated movies, but it was nice so whatever xD Also watched a Simpsons episode and I dunno what else I did during the flight… I sort of wanted to sleep, but I just wasn’t tired, so that didn’t happen.
After the landing, there should have been a taxi for us, but it was really late, so we had to wait at Schiphol airport for at least an hour and a half till we finally got go to leave. We arrived home and I crashed down on the couch almost immediately, because I was tired. Shouldn’t have done that, because of that I couldn’t sleep at night and I’ve been lying awake till 5am every night since.
So. That was our trip to the US. It has been great, the greatest vacation ever for sure. I also really didn’t want to leave. Usually nearing the end of a vacation, I sort of want to go home, but I just really didn’t in this case. I guess that’s a sign that I really enjoyed it. The sights have been beautiful, the cities were great… I loved it all. Some of the breakfast foods were a little bit eh, haha, but it was great. I’m not good at ending things and this is really finalizing so it’s even more terrible than normal to end it. I guess I just hope that whoever read it, wasn’t too confused. I’m going to post some more photos, and I guess that’s it. I might post some random thoughts on the vacation whenever I think of it, or just random thoughts at all. Use this the way tumblr is supposed to be used, you know. Sooo yeah. Bye!