Q: We heard that you went to San Diego, California, isn't it?
A: Yes, I went to San Diego, California on December 25-28, 2008 with my mother, Mrs. Rosario Magtalas Balajadia. Thanks God that I have a chance to go there because I don't have a time to go there before because of my hectic schedules at work.
Q: How far is San Diego, California from your place in Daly City, California?
A: Well, San Diego, California is 510 miles from Daly City, California. If you will drive, the travel time is approximately 8 to 9 hours depending with the traffic conditions and weather. If you will come from West Coast Area, you have to take I-280 North, I-80 East, I-580 East, and then I-5 South. If you will come from East Coast Area, you have to take I-80 West, I-580 East, and then I-5 South. If you will take a flight, the travel time is 1 1/2 hours.
Q: We heard that San Diego, California is also a popular place in USA, isn't it?
Q: Did you enjoy in touring and visiting in San Diego, California?
A: Yes, of course. I really like to visit in San Diego, California because my friends and relatives were already visited there. They said that San Diego, California is also a good place to visit. On December 25, 2008, we went to San Diego, California at 8:00am with my mother after we celebrate the Christmas Party at my parents' house in Suisun City, California. It was raining there when we went there and we arrived at 8:00pm because of heavy traffic. We stayed at Ramada Inn for 4 days.
On December 26, 2008, after we ate our breakfast, we went to Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala to see the one of the oldest church in California. This church was built on July 16, 1769 by Junipero Serra and since then, it is one of the tourist spots in San Diego, California. There is a tour inside the church especially for the visitors to see the old images of the saints as well as the old things inside the church that are more than 200 years. At the back of the church, there's also a cemetery that is more than 200 years, too. Most of the notable priests there are buried in the said cemetery. After that, we went to the downtown area of San Diego to see their city hall.
After we ate our lunch, we went to Sea World in San Diego, California. At Sea World, there are many aquariums for salt water fishes and other creatures living in the sea. There are many things also to do at Sea World like horseback riding, watching the sea lion show and other animal shows. We spend most of the time there because Sea World is also a big area.
On December 27, 2008, after we ate our breakfast, we went to Wild Animal Park in Escondido, California. Escondido, California is a neighbor city in San Diego, California. There are many animals that are scattered around the area and mostly are wild. Most of the animals there are from Asia and Africa that's why they are mostly wild and exotic. The management of Wild Animal Park are still taking care of all the animals there because many of these animals are endangered species. They are trying to breed the animals there as much as they can. We spend a whole day there because Wild Animal Park is also a big area. If you want to see the all animals there, you must have a free day at least.
On December 28, 2008, after we ate our breakfast, finally we went to San Diego Zoo in San Diego, California. You will see mostly the animals that are endangered species and they are came from different parts of the world. San Diego Zoo is bigger than Wild Animal Park that's why there are cable cars that you can ride and have a faster tour there. The difference also is that there are animal shows like sea lions, dogs, parrots, and so on. There is a schedule for these shows. I can't believe that there are animals that are imported from Philippines like wild boar, deer, birds, and chickens. You will see many species of snakes and reptiles there. You have to send at least one or two days so that you can see all the animals and to watch the animal shows there.
Q: How was the weather there in San Diego, California?
A: Well, the temperature there is 65°F during days and 50°F during evenings in winter time. It was raining when we went there on December 25, 2008. Thanks God that the weather is nice and sunny when we started our tour there. Also, San Diego, California is not a foggy area like in San Francisco Bay Area. This is also a memorable tour for us.
Q: Do you have a plan to visit in San Diego, California again?
Yes, I have to visit in San Diego, California again later because I was not able to see the other places there like Legoland. Legoland is also a well-known tourist spot in San Diego. You will see the houses, castles, and buildings that are made from Lego toys. This is a good place for the kids.
Q: Do you recommend San Diego, California to anyone?
A: Yes, I will recommend San Diego, California to everyone to visit there too because the place is so nice also. If you like to see the exotic animals in the world, this is a best place for you to visit. If you have kids, this is also a nice place to visit especially at Legoland. The weather there is nice always that's why there are many tourists there for the whole year always.