I went to the Hillcrest Farmers Market. This was slightly difficult since the San Diego mass transit system likes to give very vague locations for the bus stops. When it says catch the 7 from City College, it actually means go 2 blocks north of City College. There is no map of the bus stops. Even Auckland has those. Jack!
The market is very good.
They have a lot of fresh produce, artisan food stalls, and some other craft stalls. I bought some proper mozzarella – they also have cheese made with raw milk. However they still have that weird marbled American cheese if you like that. There is a LOT of sampling – I tried candied nuts, flavoured salt, hummus, garlic dip (SO GOOD), a lot of fruit, tostadas, cheesecake, biscuits, and Indian food (this is much more exotic in San Diego than it is in NZ).
After that I wobbled down to the zoo. It’s free for military – but only US military! Jack! I had a coupon for $5 off and it was still $35. It was afternoon and most of the animals were asleep.
I have had a thing about pandas since Xiao Xiao and Fei Fei came to Auckland in 1988.
San Diego zoo is unlike others I have visited as it has escalators. This may sound like a terribly American thing but the site is quite steep, and they’d be very handy if one of the children collapsed and cried ‘Carry me!’
There is a large eagle section. But as far as national birds go eagles will never be as good as small flightless balls of fluff.
Of course noone could see ANYTHING in the kiwi house. Someone even turned on a torch and still couldn’t find anything!
The lion plays with a giant barrel, carrying it around in its mouth.