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Storke Plaza

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  • Day4

    Santa Barbara, USA

    September 25, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Nachdem wir nun schon ein paar Meilen zurück gelegt hatten, sind wir in einer der schönsten Städte in Kalifornien angekommen. Santa Barbara ist eine kleine Stadt im spanisch-mexikanischen Style. Leider hatten wir nicht so viel Zeit dort, da wir noch ein Unterschlupf für die Nacht brauchten und noch ca. 100 Meilen zurücklegen mussten. Also gab es bloß ein leckeres Eis und einen kleinen Stadtbummel.Read more

  • Day22

    Down the west coast we go

    April 25, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    This is a tale of the good, the bad...and the damn right ugly. We left our nice hostel beds at 6 in the morning and dragged our backpacks once again to the greyhound bus station. The first half of our journey took us to a small town called Gilroy - which Aiden will forever call "my favourite place" and then laugh at me hysterically. We had to wait here for 4 hours and there was no bus station, so we went for a walk and found a small McDonalds by the side of a road. We stayed there for a good couple of hours, ordering minimal amounts (and eating as many free things as we could). We thought we better head back as sometimes the buses are half hour early. An hour and a half later I was ready to burst into tears and get on the first plane home. Homeless people circled us, and as soon as Aiden left me for 5 seconds they made their move towards me...luckily Aiden had clocked it and headed back to me a minute later. I think they were asking me for drugs, I'm not down with the kids and their lingo. Aiden said they were harmless, however they came back and proceeded to tell us how they knew how to kill people. This man spent the next hour shouting at us, saying the English ruined his country. The whiter than white man then went on to say he wasn't homeless as he was a native...silence fell. Luckily the bus arrived and the driver wouldn't let him on. 90 minutes of being shouted at and told he had stopped numerous terrorist attacks with his bare hands and agility was enough for me. We made our way to Monterey and found our motel (with the help of a taxi). The room had a microwave, a fridge and 1 big plastic bowl. Dinner would be tricky. We are ashamed to say we managed to make chicken noodles with peppers and mushrooms, stirring it with the aid of a thoroughly cleaned clothes hanger and eating using our hands like animals...it isn't our finest moment! Tomorrow will be a better day hopefully...

    We picked up our rental car, and were very pleased that they had decide to upgrade us from our crappy small cheap car we asked for...to a Chrysler!! We both managed to drive the car on the right side of the road, adhering to most of the rules. The drive from Monterey along highway 1 was stunning. Driving through the Big Sur was among the highlights, although the biggest highlight was seeing the look on Aidens face as we drove through, he was a very happy boy. We managed to find a motel in San Simeon, with the biggest bed I've ever stayed in. We had to treat ourselves to a meal out as we didn't even have a microwave this time, so we enjoyed a typical American diner experience. The waiter was nice enough to suggest we take a walk to the beach to watch the sunset, which was beautiful. The perfect way to end a nice day... That and watching Xmen when we got back to our room. Our next day was very similar, we managed to get a room in a neighbouring motel, and feasted on carrot cake for breakfast. We took a drive down to San Luis Obispo and followed some more of the beautiful coast line. We took a nice walk around the town, had a look in some book shops. We then went back for dinner at our favourite diner.

    So off again we went to Santa Barbara. We are loving the driving! We managed to do the 3 hour trip and get to our hostel. May I also add that we do not have a satnav or a map so I think we're doing well. Also just to make you all jealous, a tank of petrol here costs about £18!!!! Ridiculous! We found our hostel which is nice, apart from the young girls we have in our room, who have nice clothes, make up and talk loudly at all hours in Spanish. My choice of view this morning was to look at one girl starting at herself in the mirror for at least 15 mins posing, or on my left about 5 inches from my face was a girl who packed her clothes with her arse in my face for about 10 minutes! Luckily they're gone, but have now been replaced by brummy lads who love to tan, drink and talk to me in their tight white boxers with their hands down their pants...I don't know which room mates were worse! The beach here is absolutely beautiful. We took a lovely walk paddling in the sea following a flock of birds as they searched the waves for food. It's quite windy though so today after we took our car back :'( (in 1 piece though, thank God!!), we took a bus down town and took a walk down State Street, a bit of a famous historic town. People are starting to get the LA look, women walking around in the heat with big coats on, a big sunhat, sunglasses and an umbrella. I only hope there is a reason for this type of look, such as laser eye surgery!! So this is our last night in Santa Barbara, tomorrow we will get the train to our new abode in LA, hope it's nice!!
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  • Day86

    Santa Barbara Holiday Parade

    December 1, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Am Freitagnachmittag ging es mit dem Bus nach downtown, wo abends eine Weihnachts-/ Holiday Parade stattfinden sollte.
    Obwohl wir schon 3 Stunden vor Paradenbeginn in Santa Barbara ankamen, waren an der State Street schon Campingstühle aufgestellt, um Plätze zu reservieren. Bevor die Parade startete, waren wir noch am Stearns Wharf. Obwohl hier auch alles weihnachtlich geschmückt ist, fällt es schwer in Weihnachtsstimmung zu kommen. Um halb 7 abends fing die Parade an, die aus marching bands, weihnachtlich geschmückten Festzugswagen und Tanzgruppen bestand.
    Die Parade ließ uns des Öfteren sagen “typisch amerikanisch”, da man feststellen musste, dass Amerikaner nach dem Motto “mehr ist mehr” leben. Je mehr Lichter, je lauter und je auffälliger, desto besser.
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