From Mexico City we flew to Tijuana in order to cross over the border into the States (much cheaper than flying direct to San Diego). The line for the border was huge, leaving us to think it would be at least three hours before we reached the front, but it actually moved pretty quickly and we were through it in just under an hour.

We shortly arrived at our hostel in Ocean Beach, and spent the rest of the day exploring the local area and beach. Ocean Beach definitely has a laid-back bohemian feel to it, and the people there were a ridiculously friendly - making a nice change to some of the places we've recently visited (what, you're being genuinely nice to us and you don't want money in return?!)

When we weren't sunning ourselves, wandering around the shops or enjoying a drink in one of the many bars at OB (local speak for Ocean Beach. I'm down), we spent our time doing the usual tourist route of San Diego. On Thursday we visited the historic Gaslamp Quarter - an area downtown full of bars, restaurants, old cinemas and small boutiques (another time when I was wishing I wasn't on a backpacker's budget!)

Friday was the day we set aside for Balboa Park and the Zoo. The park was beautiful - full of old buildings, museums, and well-kept grounds. The zoo itself was something else. It was huge, and you can see why it's one of the most famous in the world, housing nearly every animal you can imagine, including some you can't.

After a few days I almost felt a bit sad to leave, and can't help thinking that we haven't seen nearly as much as the city has to offer but I suppose that will have to wait until next time! Stay classy San Diego.