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sunshine & unicorns: a blog about love, learning, and life in the upper midwest

12 April 2010

i saw two panda bears

waiting to push back from the gate

A few weeks ago, a coworker and I took a business trip to San Diego. I haven't been to San Diego since I was about 4 years old, so this was a new experience for me. This was a week-long trip (We flew out Monday afternoon and returned late Friday night). Anyway, when I wasn't attending sessions and such, I tried to get out and take a few pictures.

sheraton

We stayed at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina. It was OK. We stayed there because it was the conference hotel; I wouldn't stay there again. Everything cost extra, including internet. And they stopped giving us shampoo and conditioner after the second day too. Also, they stuck us in the older "Bay Tower" (there is a newer "Marina tower"), which means we had to walk outside a decent distance to reach most of the hotel's amenities (including the conference rooms). Anyway, that's the hotel above, and below is our view from the 4th floor. (Really nice, except that the airport's on the other side of the marina. Loud!)

view from our hotel room

Check out this tree. Flowers, but no leaves!

red flowering tree

the harbor

One night, we took a taxi to the Gaslamp quarter...

neat building

Yeah, that's me with my thumbs up in front of the chocolate store below. :)

Ghirardelli + Tequila?

Another afternoon, we took a taxi to Balboa Park.

cacti

rose

theater in balboa park area

And we went to the San Diego zoo.

camels

elephant

koala

older panda

The panda below is an 8-month-old baby, and weighed about 30 pounds (according to the zoo guide). When they are born they are the size of a stick of butter, apparently.

a baby panda!

flamingo

Before our flight left on Friday afternoon, we spent a couple of hours exploring Old Town, which from what I can tell is a touristy area that has a lot of Mexican influences.

old town

big yellow flower

building in the oldtown

pretty floral roof

We took two different little propeller planes to get home. I looked at (and heard) the view below from Denver to Fargo.

de havilland propeller

It was actually a pleasant flight though: flights to Fargo North Dakota on Friday nights are *not exactly* crowded most of the time! Each person pretty much had their own row!

That was my trip, in a nutshell. But there are MORE photos! We ate so much delicious food on this trip, I decided that it deserved a post of its own! That's coming up later this week.