The Lively and Vibrant Old Town || Solo Exploration of San Diego, California

  I haven't really talked about my 2019 solo trip to San Diego. The main reason is that there was so much I had set out to achieve, but so little I actually could. However, now when I look back at that trip, there were so many new experiences that I was blessed with and so much I saw that I should have written about. So here I am, writing about the trip more than a year after it actually occurred.     I happened to be in California for two weeks to attend Adobe's Tech Summit in February 2019. While the first week was all about work and various interesting technical sessions, I had the second week to myself. So I was deliberating on a trip and was confused between Florida (for Harry Potter World) and San Diego (for its amazing zoo and the waterworld).     In the end, San Diego won, mostly because of its proximity to San Jose and the fact that I knew I could enjoy the zoo alone, but for Harry Potter World, I would prefer the company of another Potterhead.     I booked an overnight bus to San Diego and started counting days until the trip. I remember that there was an office social on the evening when I had to take the bus. We had gone bowling and had pasta for dinner. I didn't realize it then, but I probably should not have eaten that pasta. I regretted it later.     I boarded the bus fine and was lucky that there was no one on the seat next to mine. I kept my luggage there, put my head on it, and promptly went to sleep. However, I woke up a couple of hours later with a terrible stomach ache.     Being alone, at that time I was very scared. It was pitch dark outside and I was too far out of San Jose to go back now. I did not know what to do or what was awaiting me. The bus stopped for a restroom break in some time and luckily there was a shop that kept some basic medicines there.     I asked the store owner and he picked out a pack of chewable tablets for stomach ache. I had one and boarded the bus again. I felt some relief in a while went back to sleep. However, I woke up again after some and could again feel the ache coming back.     I think I must have had at least 4 tablets that night but the ache kept coming back. It was in this state that I reached my motel - really early in the morning and was informed that my room could not be made ready before 11 because someone was occupying it. And there was no other room available.     I requested that they keep my backpack and they agreed. I kept my backpack there and headed out to a Starbucks across the road. I had coffee and a sandwich and topped it up with the pill. The stomach ache persisted.     Anyway, I decided that I should keep myself busy until my room could be readied, so I took an Uber to the Old Town. This turned out to be a good decision, as the place was really interesting. I remember some beautiful and very vibrant shops selling everything from desk mementos to funny signs, to paintings and other artwork.     Then there were streets where they had tried to recreate an old Mexican town. You found people dressed in late 19th and early 20th century dresses and shops where you could look at and buy antiques.     Most of these places were too expensive to shop at, so I just looked around. Also, I got several compliments for my shoes. :). These were open-toed high-heels I had bought from a small shop in Rohini. There were old-style restaurants as well, where I did not stop because I couldn't even bear the idea of eating anything.     Anyway, after spending half-a-day in the old town, I took an Uber back to the motel and checked in. By now, I was tired and quite sick (stomach ache back with a vengeance) and so I decided to call it a day. My room was on the ground floor and quite clean and pretty. And it opened into a very green avenue. It felt peaceful. After taking a bath and popping the very useful pill, I promptly drifted into a deep sleep.     I woke up in the evening with the stomach ache gone and my appetite back. By now, however, most of the eating places were closed, so Starbucks came to my rescue again. While I desperately wanted to head into the town for some explorations, better sense prevailed and I decided to rest so that I could enjoy the zoo the next day. I will talk about the zoo in my next post. Stay tuned.


I haven't really talked about my 2019 solo trip to San Diego. The main reason is that there was so much I had set out to achieve, but so little I actually could. However, now when I look back at that trip, there were so many new experiences that I was blessed with and so much I saw that I should have written about. So here I am, writing about the trip more than a year after it actually occurred. 

  I haven't really talked about my 2019 solo trip to San Diego. The main reason is that there was so much I had set out to achieve, but so little I actually could. However, now when I look back at that trip, there were so many new experiences that I was blessed with and so much I saw that I should have written about. So here I am, writing about the trip more than a year after it actually occurred.     I happened to be in California for two weeks to attend Adobe's Tech Summit in February 2019. While the first week was all about work and various interesting technical sessions, I had the second week to myself. So I was deliberating on a trip and was confused between Florida (for Harry Potter World) and San Diego (for its amazing zoo and the waterworld).     In the end, San Diego won, mostly because of its proximity to San Jose and the fact that I knew I could enjoy the zoo alone, but for Harry Potter World, I would prefer the company of another Potterhead.     I booked an overnight bus to San Diego and started counting days until the trip. I remember that there was an office social on the evening when I had to take the bus. We had gone bowling and had pasta for dinner. I didn't realize it then, but I probably should not have eaten that pasta. I regretted it later.     I boarded the bus fine and was lucky that there was no one on the seat next to mine. I kept my luggage there, put my head on it, and promptly went to sleep. However, I woke up a couple of hours later with a terrible stomach ache.     Being alone, at that time I was very scared. It was pitch dark outside and I was too far out of San Jose to go back now. I did not know what to do or what was awaiting me. The bus stopped for a restroom break in some time and luckily there was a shop that kept some basic medicines there.     I asked the store owner and he picked out a pack of chewable tablets for stomach ache. I had one and boarded the bus again. I felt some relief in a while went back to sleep. However, I woke up again after some and could again feel the ache coming back.     I think I must have had at least 4 tablets that night but the ache kept coming back. It was in this state that I reached my motel - really early in the morning and was informed that my room could not be made ready before 11 because someone was occupying it. And there was no other room available.     I requested that they keep my backpack and they agreed. I kept my backpack there and headed out to a Starbucks across the road. I had coffee and a sandwich and topped it up with the pill. The stomach ache persisted.     Anyway, I decided that I should keep myself busy until my room could be readied, so I took an Uber to the Old Town. This turned out to be a good decision, as the place was really interesting. I remember some beautiful and very vibrant shops selling everything from desk mementos to funny signs, to paintings and other artwork.     Then there were streets where they had tried to recreate an old Mexican town. You found people dressed in late 19th and early 20th century dresses and shops where you could look at and buy antiques.     Most of these places were too expensive to shop at, so I just looked around. Also, I got several compliments for my shoes. :). These were open-toed high-heels I had bought from a small shop in Rohini. There were old-style restaurants as well, where I did not stop because I couldn't even bear the idea of eating anything.     Anyway, after spending half-a-day in the old town, I took an Uber back to the motel and checked in. By now, I was tired and quite sick (stomach ache back with a vengeance) and so I decided to call it a day. My room was on the ground floor and quite clean and pretty. And it opened into a very green avenue. It felt peaceful. After taking a bath and popping the very useful pill, I promptly drifted into a deep sleep.     I woke up in the evening with the stomach ache gone and my appetite back. By now, however, most of the eating places were closed, so Starbucks came to my rescue again. While I desperately wanted to head into the town for some explorations, better sense prevailed and I decided to rest so that I could enjoy the zoo the next day. I will talk about the zoo in my next post. Stay tuned.


I happened to be in California for two weeks to attend Adobe's Tech Summit in February 2019. While the first week was all about work and various interesting technical sessions, I had the second week to myself. So I was deliberating on a trip and was confused between Florida (for Harry Potter World) and San Diego (for its amazing zoo and the waterworld). 

  I haven't really talked about my 2019 solo trip to San Diego. The main reason is that there was so much I had set out to achieve, but so little I actually could. However, now when I look back at that trip, there were so many new experiences that I was blessed with and so much I saw that I should have written about. So here I am, writing about the trip more than a year after it actually occurred.     I happened to be in California for two weeks to attend Adobe's Tech Summit in February 2019. While the first week was all about work and various interesting technical sessions, I had the second week to myself. So I was deliberating on a trip and was confused between Florida (for Harry Potter World) and San Diego (for its amazing zoo and the waterworld).     In the end, San Diego won, mostly because of its proximity to San Jose and the fact that I knew I could enjoy the zoo alone, but for Harry Potter World, I would prefer the company of another Potterhead.     I booked an overnight bus to San Diego and started counting days until the trip. I remember that there was an office social on the evening when I had to take the bus. We had gone bowling and had pasta for dinner. I didn't realize it then, but I probably should not have eaten that pasta. I regretted it later.     I boarded the bus fine and was lucky that there was no one on the seat next to mine. I kept my luggage there, put my head on it, and promptly went to sleep. However, I woke up a couple of hours later with a terrible stomach ache.     Being alone, at that time I was very scared. It was pitch dark outside and I was too far out of San Jose to go back now. I did not know what to do or what was awaiting me. The bus stopped for a restroom break in some time and luckily there was a shop that kept some basic medicines there.     I asked the store owner and he picked out a pack of chewable tablets for stomach ache. I had one and boarded the bus again. I felt some relief in a while went back to sleep. However, I woke up again after some and could again feel the ache coming back.     I think I must have had at least 4 tablets that night but the ache kept coming back. It was in this state that I reached my motel - really early in the morning and was informed that my room could not be made ready before 11 because someone was occupying it. And there was no other room available.     I requested that they keep my backpack and they agreed. I kept my backpack there and headed out to a Starbucks across the road. I had coffee and a sandwich and topped it up with the pill. The stomach ache persisted.     Anyway, I decided that I should keep myself busy until my room could be readied, so I took an Uber to the Old Town. This turned out to be a good decision, as the place was really interesting. I remember some beautiful and very vibrant shops selling everything from desk mementos to funny signs, to paintings and other artwork.     Then there were streets where they had tried to recreate an old Mexican town. You found people dressed in late 19th and early 20th century dresses and shops where you could look at and buy antiques.     Most of these places were too expensive to shop at, so I just looked around. Also, I got several compliments for my shoes. :). These were open-toed high-heels I had bought from a small shop in Rohini. There were old-style restaurants as well, where I did not stop because I couldn't even bear the idea of eating anything.     Anyway, after spending half-a-day in the old town, I took an Uber back to the motel and checked in. By now, I was tired and quite sick (stomach ache back with a vengeance) and so I decided to call it a day. My room was on the ground floor and quite clean and pretty. And it opened into a very green avenue. It felt peaceful. After taking a bath and popping the very useful pill, I promptly drifted into a deep sleep.     I woke up in the evening with the stomach ache gone and my appetite back. By now, however, most of the eating places were closed, so Starbucks came to my rescue again. While I desperately wanted to head into the town for some explorations, better sense prevailed and I decided to rest so that I could enjoy the zoo the next day. I will talk about the zoo in my next post. Stay tuned.

In the end, San Diego won, mostly because of its proximity to San Jose and the fact that I knew I could enjoy the zoo alone, but for Harry Potter World, I would prefer the company of another Potterhead. 

  I haven't really talked about my 2019 solo trip to San Diego. The main reason is that there was so much I had set out to achieve, but so little I actually could. However, now when I look back at that trip, there were so many new experiences that I was blessed with and so much I saw that I should have written about. So here I am, writing about the trip more than a year after it actually occurred.     I happened to be in California for two weeks to attend Adobe's Tech Summit in February 2019. While the first week was all about work and various interesting technical sessions, I had the second week to myself. So I was deliberating on a trip and was confused between Florida (for Harry Potter World) and San Diego (for its amazing zoo and the waterworld).     In the end, San Diego won, mostly because of its proximity to San Jose and the fact that I knew I could enjoy the zoo alone, but for Harry Potter World, I would prefer the company of another Potterhead.     I booked an overnight bus to San Diego and started counting days until the trip. I remember that there was an office social on the evening when I had to take the bus. We had gone bowling and had pasta for dinner. I didn't realize it then, but I probably should not have eaten that pasta. I regretted it later.     I boarded the bus fine and was lucky that there was no one on the seat next to mine. I kept my luggage there, put my head on it, and promptly went to sleep. However, I woke up a couple of hours later with a terrible stomach ache.     Being alone, at that time I was very scared. It was pitch dark outside and I was too far out of San Jose to go back now. I did not know what to do or what was awaiting me. The bus stopped for a restroom break in some time and luckily there was a shop that kept some basic medicines there.     I asked the store owner and he picked out a pack of chewable tablets for stomach ache. I had one and boarded the bus again. I felt some relief in a while went back to sleep. However, I woke up again after some and could again feel the ache coming back.     I think I must have had at least 4 tablets that night but the ache kept coming back. It was in this state that I reached my motel - really early in the morning and was informed that my room could not be made ready before 11 because someone was occupying it. And there was no other room available.     I requested that they keep my backpack and they agreed. I kept my backpack there and headed out to a Starbucks across the road. I had coffee and a sandwich and topped it up with the pill. The stomach ache persisted.     Anyway, I decided that I should keep myself busy until my room could be readied, so I took an Uber to the Old Town. This turned out to be a good decision, as the place was really interesting. I remember some beautiful and very vibrant shops selling everything from desk mementos to funny signs, to paintings and other artwork.     Then there were streets where they had tried to recreate an old Mexican town. You found people dressed in late 19th and early 20th century dresses and shops where you could look at and buy antiques.     Most of these places were too expensive to shop at, so I just looked around. Also, I got several compliments for my shoes. :). These were open-toed high-heels I had bought from a small shop in Rohini. There were old-style restaurants as well, where I did not stop because I couldn't even bear the idea of eating anything.     Anyway, after spending half-a-day in the old town, I took an Uber back to the motel and checked in. By now, I was tired and quite sick (stomach ache back with a vengeance) and so I decided to call it a day. My room was on the ground floor and quite clean and pretty. And it opened into a very green avenue. It felt peaceful. After taking a bath and popping the very useful pill, I promptly drifted into a deep sleep.     I woke up in the evening with the stomach ache gone and my appetite back. By now, however, most of the eating places were closed, so Starbucks came to my rescue again. While I desperately wanted to head into the town for some explorations, better sense prevailed and I decided to rest so that I could enjoy the zoo the next day. I will talk about the zoo in my next post. Stay tuned.

I booked an overnight bus to San Diego and started counting days until the trip. I remember that there was an office social on the evening when I had to take the bus. We had gone bowling and had pasta for dinner. I didn't realize it then, but I probably should not have eaten that pasta. I regretted it later. 

  I haven't really talked about my 2019 solo trip to San Diego. The main reason is that there was so much I had set out to achieve, but so little I actually could. However, now when I look back at that trip, there were so many new experiences that I was blessed with and so much I saw that I should have written about. So here I am, writing about the trip more than a year after it actually occurred.     I happened to be in California for two weeks to attend Adobe's Tech Summit in February 2019. While the first week was all about work and various interesting technical sessions, I had the second week to myself. So I was deliberating on a trip and was confused between Florida (for Harry Potter World) and San Diego (for its amazing zoo and the waterworld).     In the end, San Diego won, mostly because of its proximity to San Jose and the fact that I knew I could enjoy the zoo alone, but for Harry Potter World, I would prefer the company of another Potterhead.     I booked an overnight bus to San Diego and started counting days until the trip. I remember that there was an office social on the evening when I had to take the bus. We had gone bowling and had pasta for dinner. I didn't realize it then, but I probably should not have eaten that pasta. I regretted it later.     I boarded the bus fine and was lucky that there was no one on the seat next to mine. I kept my luggage there, put my head on it, and promptly went to sleep. However, I woke up a couple of hours later with a terrible stomach ache.     Being alone, at that time I was very scared. It was pitch dark outside and I was too far out of San Jose to go back now. I did not know what to do or what was awaiting me. The bus stopped for a restroom break in some time and luckily there was a shop that kept some basic medicines there.     I asked the store owner and he picked out a pack of chewable tablets for stomach ache. I had one and boarded the bus again. I felt some relief in a while went back to sleep. However, I woke up again after some and could again feel the ache coming back.     I think I must have had at least 4 tablets that night but the ache kept coming back. It was in this state that I reached my motel - really early in the morning and was informed that my room could not be made ready before 11 because someone was occupying it. And there was no other room available.     I requested that they keep my backpack and they agreed. I kept my backpack there and headed out to a Starbucks across the road. I had coffee and a sandwich and topped it up with the pill. The stomach ache persisted.     Anyway, I decided that I should keep myself busy until my room could be readied, so I took an Uber to the Old Town. This turned out to be a good decision, as the place was really interesting. I remember some beautiful and very vibrant shops selling everything from desk mementos to funny signs, to paintings and other artwork.     Then there were streets where they had tried to recreate an old Mexican town. You found people dressed in late 19th and early 20th century dresses and shops where you could look at and buy antiques.     Most of these places were too expensive to shop at, so I just looked around. Also, I got several compliments for my shoes. :). These were open-toed high-heels I had bought from a small shop in Rohini. There were old-style restaurants as well, where I did not stop because I couldn't even bear the idea of eating anything.     Anyway, after spending half-a-day in the old town, I took an Uber back to the motel and checked in. By now, I was tired and quite sick (stomach ache back with a vengeance) and so I decided to call it a day. My room was on the ground floor and quite clean and pretty. And it opened into a very green avenue. It felt peaceful. After taking a bath and popping the very useful pill, I promptly drifted into a deep sleep.     I woke up in the evening with the stomach ache gone and my appetite back. By now, however, most of the eating places were closed, so Starbucks came to my rescue again. While I desperately wanted to head into the town for some explorations, better sense prevailed and I decided to rest so that I could enjoy the zoo the next day. I will talk about the zoo in my next post. Stay tuned.

I boarded the bus fine and was lucky that there was no one on the seat next to mine. I kept my luggage there, put my head on it, and promptly went to sleep. However, I woke up a couple of hours later with a terrible stomach ache. 

  I haven't really talked about my 2019 solo trip to San Diego. The main reason is that there was so much I had set out to achieve, but so little I actually could. However, now when I look back at that trip, there were so many new experiences that I was blessed with and so much I saw that I should have written about. So here I am, writing about the trip more than a year after it actually occurred.     I happened to be in California for two weeks to attend Adobe's Tech Summit in February 2019. While the first week was all about work and various interesting technical sessions, I had the second week to myself. So I was deliberating on a trip and was confused between Florida (for Harry Potter World) and San Diego (for its amazing zoo and the waterworld).     In the end, San Diego won, mostly because of its proximity to San Jose and the fact that I knew I could enjoy the zoo alone, but for Harry Potter World, I would prefer the company of another Potterhead.     I booked an overnight bus to San Diego and started counting days until the trip. I remember that there was an office social on the evening when I had to take the bus. We had gone bowling and had pasta for dinner. I didn't realize it then, but I probably should not have eaten that pasta. I regretted it later.     I boarded the bus fine and was lucky that there was no one on the seat next to mine. I kept my luggage there, put my head on it, and promptly went to sleep. However, I woke up a couple of hours later with a terrible stomach ache.     Being alone, at that time I was very scared. It was pitch dark outside and I was too far out of San Jose to go back now. I did not know what to do or what was awaiting me. The bus stopped for a restroom break in some time and luckily there was a shop that kept some basic medicines there.     I asked the store owner and he picked out a pack of chewable tablets for stomach ache. I had one and boarded the bus again. I felt some relief in a while went back to sleep. However, I woke up again after some and could again feel the ache coming back.     I think I must have had at least 4 tablets that night but the ache kept coming back. It was in this state that I reached my motel - really early in the morning and was informed that my room could not be made ready before 11 because someone was occupying it. And there was no other room available.     I requested that they keep my backpack and they agreed. I kept my backpack there and headed out to a Starbucks across the road. I had coffee and a sandwich and topped it up with the pill. The stomach ache persisted.     Anyway, I decided that I should keep myself busy until my room could be readied, so I took an Uber to the Old Town. This turned out to be a good decision, as the place was really interesting. I remember some beautiful and very vibrant shops selling everything from desk mementos to funny signs, to paintings and other artwork.     Then there were streets where they had tried to recreate an old Mexican town. You found people dressed in late 19th and early 20th century dresses and shops where you could look at and buy antiques.     Most of these places were too expensive to shop at, so I just looked around. Also, I got several compliments for my shoes. :). These were open-toed high-heels I had bought from a small shop in Rohini. There were old-style restaurants as well, where I did not stop because I couldn't even bear the idea of eating anything.     Anyway, after spending half-a-day in the old town, I took an Uber back to the motel and checked in. By now, I was tired and quite sick (stomach ache back with a vengeance) and so I decided to call it a day. My room was on the ground floor and quite clean and pretty. And it opened into a very green avenue. It felt peaceful. After taking a bath and popping the very useful pill, I promptly drifted into a deep sleep.     I woke up in the evening with the stomach ache gone and my appetite back. By now, however, most of the eating places were closed, so Starbucks came to my rescue again. While I desperately wanted to head into the town for some explorations, better sense prevailed and I decided to rest so that I could enjoy the zoo the next day. I will talk about the zoo in my next post. Stay tuned.

Being alone, at that time I was very scared. It was pitch dark outside and I was too far out of San Jose to go back now. I did not know what to do or what was awaiting me. The bus stopped for a restroom break in some time and luckily there was a shop that kept some basic medicines there. 

  I haven't really talked about my 2019 solo trip to San Diego. The main reason is that there was so much I had set out to achieve, but so little I actually could. However, now when I look back at that trip, there were so many new experiences that I was blessed with and so much I saw that I should have written about. So here I am, writing about the trip more than a year after it actually occurred.     I happened to be in California for two weeks to attend Adobe's Tech Summit in February 2019. While the first week was all about work and various interesting technical sessions, I had the second week to myself. So I was deliberating on a trip and was confused between Florida (for Harry Potter World) and San Diego (for its amazing zoo and the waterworld).     In the end, San Diego won, mostly because of its proximity to San Jose and the fact that I knew I could enjoy the zoo alone, but for Harry Potter World, I would prefer the company of another Potterhead.     I booked an overnight bus to San Diego and started counting days until the trip. I remember that there was an office social on the evening when I had to take the bus. We had gone bowling and had pasta for dinner. I didn't realize it then, but I probably should not have eaten that pasta. I regretted it later.     I boarded the bus fine and was lucky that there was no one on the seat next to mine. I kept my luggage there, put my head on it, and promptly went to sleep. However, I woke up a couple of hours later with a terrible stomach ache.     Being alone, at that time I was very scared. It was pitch dark outside and I was too far out of San Jose to go back now. I did not know what to do or what was awaiting me. The bus stopped for a restroom break in some time and luckily there was a shop that kept some basic medicines there.     I asked the store owner and he picked out a pack of chewable tablets for stomach ache. I had one and boarded the bus again. I felt some relief in a while went back to sleep. However, I woke up again after some and could again feel the ache coming back.     I think I must have had at least 4 tablets that night but the ache kept coming back. It was in this state that I reached my motel - really early in the morning and was informed that my room could not be made ready before 11 because someone was occupying it. And there was no other room available.     I requested that they keep my backpack and they agreed. I kept my backpack there and headed out to a Starbucks across the road. I had coffee and a sandwich and topped it up with the pill. The stomach ache persisted.     Anyway, I decided that I should keep myself busy until my room could be readied, so I took an Uber to the Old Town. This turned out to be a good decision, as the place was really interesting. I remember some beautiful and very vibrant shops selling everything from desk mementos to funny signs, to paintings and other artwork.     Then there were streets where they had tried to recreate an old Mexican town. You found people dressed in late 19th and early 20th century dresses and shops where you could look at and buy antiques.     Most of these places were too expensive to shop at, so I just looked around. Also, I got several compliments for my shoes. :). These were open-toed high-heels I had bought from a small shop in Rohini. There were old-style restaurants as well, where I did not stop because I couldn't even bear the idea of eating anything.     Anyway, after spending half-a-day in the old town, I took an Uber back to the motel and checked in. By now, I was tired and quite sick (stomach ache back with a vengeance) and so I decided to call it a day. My room was on the ground floor and quite clean and pretty. And it opened into a very green avenue. It felt peaceful. After taking a bath and popping the very useful pill, I promptly drifted into a deep sleep.     I woke up in the evening with the stomach ache gone and my appetite back. By now, however, most of the eating places were closed, so Starbucks came to my rescue again. While I desperately wanted to head into the town for some explorations, better sense prevailed and I decided to rest so that I could enjoy the zoo the next day. I will talk about the zoo in my next post. Stay tuned.

I asked the store owner and he picked out a pack of chewable tablets for stomach ache. I had one and boarded the bus again. I felt some relief in a while went back to sleep. However, I woke up again after some and could again feel the ache coming back. 

  I haven't really talked about my 2019 solo trip to San Diego. The main reason is that there was so much I had set out to achieve, but so little I actually could. However, now when I look back at that trip, there were so many new experiences that I was blessed with and so much I saw that I should have written about. So here I am, writing about the trip more than a year after it actually occurred.     I happened to be in California for two weeks to attend Adobe's Tech Summit in February 2019. While the first week was all about work and various interesting technical sessions, I had the second week to myself. So I was deliberating on a trip and was confused between Florida (for Harry Potter World) and San Diego (for its amazing zoo and the waterworld).     In the end, San Diego won, mostly because of its proximity to San Jose and the fact that I knew I could enjoy the zoo alone, but for Harry Potter World, I would prefer the company of another Potterhead.     I booked an overnight bus to San Diego and started counting days until the trip. I remember that there was an office social on the evening when I had to take the bus. We had gone bowling and had pasta for dinner. I didn't realize it then, but I probably should not have eaten that pasta. I regretted it later.     I boarded the bus fine and was lucky that there was no one on the seat next to mine. I kept my luggage there, put my head on it, and promptly went to sleep. However, I woke up a couple of hours later with a terrible stomach ache.     Being alone, at that time I was very scared. It was pitch dark outside and I was too far out of San Jose to go back now. I did not know what to do or what was awaiting me. The bus stopped for a restroom break in some time and luckily there was a shop that kept some basic medicines there.     I asked the store owner and he picked out a pack of chewable tablets for stomach ache. I had one and boarded the bus again. I felt some relief in a while went back to sleep. However, I woke up again after some and could again feel the ache coming back.     I think I must have had at least 4 tablets that night but the ache kept coming back. It was in this state that I reached my motel - really early in the morning and was informed that my room could not be made ready before 11 because someone was occupying it. And there was no other room available.     I requested that they keep my backpack and they agreed. I kept my backpack there and headed out to a Starbucks across the road. I had coffee and a sandwich and topped it up with the pill. The stomach ache persisted.     Anyway, I decided that I should keep myself busy until my room could be readied, so I took an Uber to the Old Town. This turned out to be a good decision, as the place was really interesting. I remember some beautiful and very vibrant shops selling everything from desk mementos to funny signs, to paintings and other artwork.     Then there were streets where they had tried to recreate an old Mexican town. You found people dressed in late 19th and early 20th century dresses and shops where you could look at and buy antiques.     Most of these places were too expensive to shop at, so I just looked around. Also, I got several compliments for my shoes. :). These were open-toed high-heels I had bought from a small shop in Rohini. There were old-style restaurants as well, where I did not stop because I couldn't even bear the idea of eating anything.     Anyway, after spending half-a-day in the old town, I took an Uber back to the motel and checked in. By now, I was tired and quite sick (stomach ache back with a vengeance) and so I decided to call it a day. My room was on the ground floor and quite clean and pretty. And it opened into a very green avenue. It felt peaceful. After taking a bath and popping the very useful pill, I promptly drifted into a deep sleep.     I woke up in the evening with the stomach ache gone and my appetite back. By now, however, most of the eating places were closed, so Starbucks came to my rescue again. While I desperately wanted to head into the town for some explorations, better sense prevailed and I decided to rest so that I could enjoy the zoo the next day. I will talk about the zoo in my next post. Stay tuned.

I think I must have had at least 4 tablets that night but the ache kept coming back. It was in this state that I reached my motel - really early in the morning and was informed that my room could not be made ready before 11 because someone was occupying it. And there was no other room available. 

  I haven't really talked about my 2019 solo trip to San Diego. The main reason is that there was so much I had set out to achieve, but so little I actually could. However, now when I look back at that trip, there were so many new experiences that I was blessed with and so much I saw that I should have written about. So here I am, writing about the trip more than a year after it actually occurred.     I happened to be in California for two weeks to attend Adobe's Tech Summit in February 2019. While the first week was all about work and various interesting technical sessions, I had the second week to myself. So I was deliberating on a trip and was confused between Florida (for Harry Potter World) and San Diego (for its amazing zoo and the waterworld).     In the end, San Diego won, mostly because of its proximity to San Jose and the fact that I knew I could enjoy the zoo alone, but for Harry Potter World, I would prefer the company of another Potterhead.     I booked an overnight bus to San Diego and started counting days until the trip. I remember that there was an office social on the evening when I had to take the bus. We had gone bowling and had pasta for dinner. I didn't realize it then, but I probably should not have eaten that pasta. I regretted it later.     I boarded the bus fine and was lucky that there was no one on the seat next to mine. I kept my luggage there, put my head on it, and promptly went to sleep. However, I woke up a couple of hours later with a terrible stomach ache.     Being alone, at that time I was very scared. It was pitch dark outside and I was too far out of San Jose to go back now. I did not know what to do or what was awaiting me. The bus stopped for a restroom break in some time and luckily there was a shop that kept some basic medicines there.     I asked the store owner and he picked out a pack of chewable tablets for stomach ache. I had one and boarded the bus again. I felt some relief in a while went back to sleep. However, I woke up again after some and could again feel the ache coming back.     I think I must have had at least 4 tablets that night but the ache kept coming back. It was in this state that I reached my motel - really early in the morning and was informed that my room could not be made ready before 11 because someone was occupying it. And there was no other room available.     I requested that they keep my backpack and they agreed. I kept my backpack there and headed out to a Starbucks across the road. I had coffee and a sandwich and topped it up with the pill. The stomach ache persisted.     Anyway, I decided that I should keep myself busy until my room could be readied, so I took an Uber to the Old Town. This turned out to be a good decision, as the place was really interesting. I remember some beautiful and very vibrant shops selling everything from desk mementos to funny signs, to paintings and other artwork.     Then there were streets where they had tried to recreate an old Mexican town. You found people dressed in late 19th and early 20th century dresses and shops where you could look at and buy antiques.     Most of these places were too expensive to shop at, so I just looked around. Also, I got several compliments for my shoes. :). These were open-toed high-heels I had bought from a small shop in Rohini. There were old-style restaurants as well, where I did not stop because I couldn't even bear the idea of eating anything.     Anyway, after spending half-a-day in the old town, I took an Uber back to the motel and checked in. By now, I was tired and quite sick (stomach ache back with a vengeance) and so I decided to call it a day. My room was on the ground floor and quite clean and pretty. And it opened into a very green avenue. It felt peaceful. After taking a bath and popping the very useful pill, I promptly drifted into a deep sleep.     I woke up in the evening with the stomach ache gone and my appetite back. By now, however, most of the eating places were closed, so Starbucks came to my rescue again. While I desperately wanted to head into the town for some explorations, better sense prevailed and I decided to rest so that I could enjoy the zoo the next day. I will talk about the zoo in my next post. Stay tuned.

I requested that they keep my backpack and they agreed. I kept my backpack there and headed out to a Starbucks across the road. I had coffee and a sandwich and topped it up with the pill. The stomach ache persisted. 

  I haven't really talked about my 2019 solo trip to San Diego. The main reason is that there was so much I had set out to achieve, but so little I actually could. However, now when I look back at that trip, there were so many new experiences that I was blessed with and so much I saw that I should have written about. So here I am, writing about the trip more than a year after it actually occurred.     I happened to be in California for two weeks to attend Adobe's Tech Summit in February 2019. While the first week was all about work and various interesting technical sessions, I had the second week to myself. So I was deliberating on a trip and was confused between Florida (for Harry Potter World) and San Diego (for its amazing zoo and the waterworld).     In the end, San Diego won, mostly because of its proximity to San Jose and the fact that I knew I could enjoy the zoo alone, but for Harry Potter World, I would prefer the company of another Potterhead.     I booked an overnight bus to San Diego and started counting days until the trip. I remember that there was an office social on the evening when I had to take the bus. We had gone bowling and had pasta for dinner. I didn't realize it then, but I probably should not have eaten that pasta. I regretted it later.     I boarded the bus fine and was lucky that there was no one on the seat next to mine. I kept my luggage there, put my head on it, and promptly went to sleep. However, I woke up a couple of hours later with a terrible stomach ache.     Being alone, at that time I was very scared. It was pitch dark outside and I was too far out of San Jose to go back now. I did not know what to do or what was awaiting me. The bus stopped for a restroom break in some time and luckily there was a shop that kept some basic medicines there.     I asked the store owner and he picked out a pack of chewable tablets for stomach ache. I had one and boarded the bus again. I felt some relief in a while went back to sleep. However, I woke up again after some and could again feel the ache coming back.     I think I must have had at least 4 tablets that night but the ache kept coming back. It was in this state that I reached my motel - really early in the morning and was informed that my room could not be made ready before 11 because someone was occupying it. And there was no other room available.     I requested that they keep my backpack and they agreed. I kept my backpack there and headed out to a Starbucks across the road. I had coffee and a sandwich and topped it up with the pill. The stomach ache persisted.     Anyway, I decided that I should keep myself busy until my room could be readied, so I took an Uber to the Old Town. This turned out to be a good decision, as the place was really interesting. I remember some beautiful and very vibrant shops selling everything from desk mementos to funny signs, to paintings and other artwork.     Then there were streets where they had tried to recreate an old Mexican town. You found people dressed in late 19th and early 20th century dresses and shops where you could look at and buy antiques.     Most of these places were too expensive to shop at, so I just looked around. Also, I got several compliments for my shoes. :). These were open-toed high-heels I had bought from a small shop in Rohini. There were old-style restaurants as well, where I did not stop because I couldn't even bear the idea of eating anything.     Anyway, after spending half-a-day in the old town, I took an Uber back to the motel and checked in. By now, I was tired and quite sick (stomach ache back with a vengeance) and so I decided to call it a day. My room was on the ground floor and quite clean and pretty. And it opened into a very green avenue. It felt peaceful. After taking a bath and popping the very useful pill, I promptly drifted into a deep sleep.     I woke up in the evening with the stomach ache gone and my appetite back. By now, however, most of the eating places were closed, so Starbucks came to my rescue again. While I desperately wanted to head into the town for some explorations, better sense prevailed and I decided to rest so that I could enjoy the zoo the next day. I will talk about the zoo in my next post. Stay tuned.

Anyway, I decided that I should keep myself busy until my room could be readied, so I took an Uber to the Old Town. This turned out to be a good decision, as the place was really interesting. I remember some beautiful and very vibrant shops selling everything from desk mementos to funny signs, to paintings and other artwork. 

  I haven't really talked about my 2019 solo trip to San Diego. The main reason is that there was so much I had set out to achieve, but so little I actually could. However, now when I look back at that trip, there were so many new experiences that I was blessed with and so much I saw that I should have written about. So here I am, writing about the trip more than a year after it actually occurred.     I happened to be in California for two weeks to attend Adobe's Tech Summit in February 2019. While the first week was all about work and various interesting technical sessions, I had the second week to myself. So I was deliberating on a trip and was confused between Florida (for Harry Potter World) and San Diego (for its amazing zoo and the waterworld).     In the end, San Diego won, mostly because of its proximity to San Jose and the fact that I knew I could enjoy the zoo alone, but for Harry Potter World, I would prefer the company of another Potterhead.     I booked an overnight bus to San Diego and started counting days until the trip. I remember that there was an office social on the evening when I had to take the bus. We had gone bowling and had pasta for dinner. I didn't realize it then, but I probably should not have eaten that pasta. I regretted it later.     I boarded the bus fine and was lucky that there was no one on the seat next to mine. I kept my luggage there, put my head on it, and promptly went to sleep. However, I woke up a couple of hours later with a terrible stomach ache.     Being alone, at that time I was very scared. It was pitch dark outside and I was too far out of San Jose to go back now. I did not know what to do or what was awaiting me. The bus stopped for a restroom break in some time and luckily there was a shop that kept some basic medicines there.     I asked the store owner and he picked out a pack of chewable tablets for stomach ache. I had one and boarded the bus again. I felt some relief in a while went back to sleep. However, I woke up again after some and could again feel the ache coming back.     I think I must have had at least 4 tablets that night but the ache kept coming back. It was in this state that I reached my motel - really early in the morning and was informed that my room could not be made ready before 11 because someone was occupying it. And there was no other room available.     I requested that they keep my backpack and they agreed. I kept my backpack there and headed out to a Starbucks across the road. I had coffee and a sandwich and topped it up with the pill. The stomach ache persisted.     Anyway, I decided that I should keep myself busy until my room could be readied, so I took an Uber to the Old Town. This turned out to be a good decision, as the place was really interesting. I remember some beautiful and very vibrant shops selling everything from desk mementos to funny signs, to paintings and other artwork.     Then there were streets where they had tried to recreate an old Mexican town. You found people dressed in late 19th and early 20th century dresses and shops where you could look at and buy antiques.     Most of these places were too expensive to shop at, so I just looked around. Also, I got several compliments for my shoes. :). These were open-toed high-heels I had bought from a small shop in Rohini. There were old-style restaurants as well, where I did not stop because I couldn't even bear the idea of eating anything.     Anyway, after spending half-a-day in the old town, I took an Uber back to the motel and checked in. By now, I was tired and quite sick (stomach ache back with a vengeance) and so I decided to call it a day. My room was on the ground floor and quite clean and pretty. And it opened into a very green avenue. It felt peaceful. After taking a bath and popping the very useful pill, I promptly drifted into a deep sleep.     I woke up in the evening with the stomach ache gone and my appetite back. By now, however, most of the eating places were closed, so Starbucks came to my rescue again. While I desperately wanted to head into the town for some explorations, better sense prevailed and I decided to rest so that I could enjoy the zoo the next day. I will talk about the zoo in my next post. Stay tuned.

Then there were streets where they had tried to recreate an old Mexican town. You found people dressed in late 19th and early 20th century dresses and shops where you could look at and buy antiques. 

  I haven't really talked about my 2019 solo trip to San Diego. The main reason is that there was so much I had set out to achieve, but so little I actually could. However, now when I look back at that trip, there were so many new experiences that I was blessed with and so much I saw that I should have written about. So here I am, writing about the trip more than a year after it actually occurred.     I happened to be in California for two weeks to attend Adobe's Tech Summit in February 2019. While the first week was all about work and various interesting technical sessions, I had the second week to myself. So I was deliberating on a trip and was confused between Florida (for Harry Potter World) and San Diego (for its amazing zoo and the waterworld).     In the end, San Diego won, mostly because of its proximity to San Jose and the fact that I knew I could enjoy the zoo alone, but for Harry Potter World, I would prefer the company of another Potterhead.     I booked an overnight bus to San Diego and started counting days until the trip. I remember that there was an office social on the evening when I had to take the bus. We had gone bowling and had pasta for dinner. I didn't realize it then, but I probably should not have eaten that pasta. I regretted it later.     I boarded the bus fine and was lucky that there was no one on the seat next to mine. I kept my luggage there, put my head on it, and promptly went to sleep. However, I woke up a couple of hours later with a terrible stomach ache.     Being alone, at that time I was very scared. It was pitch dark outside and I was too far out of San Jose to go back now. I did not know what to do or what was awaiting me. The bus stopped for a restroom break in some time and luckily there was a shop that kept some basic medicines there.     I asked the store owner and he picked out a pack of chewable tablets for stomach ache. I had one and boarded the bus again. I felt some relief in a while went back to sleep. However, I woke up again after some and could again feel the ache coming back.     I think I must have had at least 4 tablets that night but the ache kept coming back. It was in this state that I reached my motel - really early in the morning and was informed that my room could not be made ready before 11 because someone was occupying it. And there was no other room available.     I requested that they keep my backpack and they agreed. I kept my backpack there and headed out to a Starbucks across the road. I had coffee and a sandwich and topped it up with the pill. The stomach ache persisted.     Anyway, I decided that I should keep myself busy until my room could be readied, so I took an Uber to the Old Town. This turned out to be a good decision, as the place was really interesting. I remember some beautiful and very vibrant shops selling everything from desk mementos to funny signs, to paintings and other artwork.     Then there were streets where they had tried to recreate an old Mexican town. You found people dressed in late 19th and early 20th century dresses and shops where you could look at and buy antiques.     Most of these places were too expensive to shop at, so I just looked around. Also, I got several compliments for my shoes. :). These were open-toed high-heels I had bought from a small shop in Rohini. There were old-style restaurants as well, where I did not stop because I couldn't even bear the idea of eating anything.     Anyway, after spending half-a-day in the old town, I took an Uber back to the motel and checked in. By now, I was tired and quite sick (stomach ache back with a vengeance) and so I decided to call it a day. My room was on the ground floor and quite clean and pretty. And it opened into a very green avenue. It felt peaceful. After taking a bath and popping the very useful pill, I promptly drifted into a deep sleep.     I woke up in the evening with the stomach ache gone and my appetite back. By now, however, most of the eating places were closed, so Starbucks came to my rescue again. While I desperately wanted to head into the town for some explorations, better sense prevailed and I decided to rest so that I could enjoy the zoo the next day. I will talk about the zoo in my next post. Stay tuned.

Most of these places were too expensive to shop at, so I just looked around. Also, I got several compliments for my shoes. :). These were open-toed high-heels I had bought from a small shop in Rohini. There were old-style restaurants as well, where I did not stop because I couldn't even bear the idea of eating anything. 

  I haven't really talked about my 2019 solo trip to San Diego. The main reason is that there was so much I had set out to achieve, but so little I actually could. However, now when I look back at that trip, there were so many new experiences that I was blessed with and so much I saw that I should have written about. So here I am, writing about the trip more than a year after it actually occurred.     I happened to be in California for two weeks to attend Adobe's Tech Summit in February 2019. While the first week was all about work and various interesting technical sessions, I had the second week to myself. So I was deliberating on a trip and was confused between Florida (for Harry Potter World) and San Diego (for its amazing zoo and the waterworld).     In the end, San Diego won, mostly because of its proximity to San Jose and the fact that I knew I could enjoy the zoo alone, but for Harry Potter World, I would prefer the company of another Potterhead.     I booked an overnight bus to San Diego and started counting days until the trip. I remember that there was an office social on the evening when I had to take the bus. We had gone bowling and had pasta for dinner. I didn't realize it then, but I probably should not have eaten that pasta. I regretted it later.     I boarded the bus fine and was lucky that there was no one on the seat next to mine. I kept my luggage there, put my head on it, and promptly went to sleep. However, I woke up a couple of hours later with a terrible stomach ache.     Being alone, at that time I was very scared. It was pitch dark outside and I was too far out of San Jose to go back now. I did not know what to do or what was awaiting me. The bus stopped for a restroom break in some time and luckily there was a shop that kept some basic medicines there.     I asked the store owner and he picked out a pack of chewable tablets for stomach ache. I had one and boarded the bus again. I felt some relief in a while went back to sleep. However, I woke up again after some and could again feel the ache coming back.     I think I must have had at least 4 tablets that night but the ache kept coming back. It was in this state that I reached my motel - really early in the morning and was informed that my room could not be made ready before 11 because someone was occupying it. And there was no other room available.     I requested that they keep my backpack and they agreed. I kept my backpack there and headed out to a Starbucks across the road. I had coffee and a sandwich and topped it up with the pill. The stomach ache persisted.     Anyway, I decided that I should keep myself busy until my room could be readied, so I took an Uber to the Old Town. This turned out to be a good decision, as the place was really interesting. I remember some beautiful and very vibrant shops selling everything from desk mementos to funny signs, to paintings and other artwork.     Then there were streets where they had tried to recreate an old Mexican town. You found people dressed in late 19th and early 20th century dresses and shops where you could look at and buy antiques.     Most of these places were too expensive to shop at, so I just looked around. Also, I got several compliments for my shoes. :). These were open-toed high-heels I had bought from a small shop in Rohini. There were old-style restaurants as well, where I did not stop because I couldn't even bear the idea of eating anything.     Anyway, after spending half-a-day in the old town, I took an Uber back to the motel and checked in. By now, I was tired and quite sick (stomach ache back with a vengeance) and so I decided to call it a day. My room was on the ground floor and quite clean and pretty. And it opened into a very green avenue. It felt peaceful. After taking a bath and popping the very useful pill, I promptly drifted into a deep sleep.     I woke up in the evening with the stomach ache gone and my appetite back. By now, however, most of the eating places were closed, so Starbucks came to my rescue again. While I desperately wanted to head into the town for some explorations, better sense prevailed and I decided to rest so that I could enjoy the zoo the next day. I will talk about the zoo in my next post. Stay tuned.

Anyway, after spending half-a-day in the old town, I took an Uber back to the motel and checked in. By now, I was tired and quite sick (stomach ache back with a vengeance) and so I decided to call it a day. My room was on the ground floor and quite clean and pretty. And it opened into a very green avenue. It felt peaceful. After taking a bath and popping the very useful pill, I promptly drifted into a deep sleep. 

  I haven't really talked about my 2019 solo trip to San Diego. The main reason is that there was so much I had set out to achieve, but so little I actually could. However, now when I look back at that trip, there were so many new experiences that I was blessed with and so much I saw that I should have written about. So here I am, writing about the trip more than a year after it actually occurred.     I happened to be in California for two weeks to attend Adobe's Tech Summit in February 2019. While the first week was all about work and various interesting technical sessions, I had the second week to myself. So I was deliberating on a trip and was confused between Florida (for Harry Potter World) and San Diego (for its amazing zoo and the waterworld).     In the end, San Diego won, mostly because of its proximity to San Jose and the fact that I knew I could enjoy the zoo alone, but for Harry Potter World, I would prefer the company of another Potterhead.     I booked an overnight bus to San Diego and started counting days until the trip. I remember that there was an office social on the evening when I had to take the bus. We had gone bowling and had pasta for dinner. I didn't realize it then, but I probably should not have eaten that pasta. I regretted it later.     I boarded the bus fine and was lucky that there was no one on the seat next to mine. I kept my luggage there, put my head on it, and promptly went to sleep. However, I woke up a couple of hours later with a terrible stomach ache.     Being alone, at that time I was very scared. It was pitch dark outside and I was too far out of San Jose to go back now. I did not know what to do or what was awaiting me. The bus stopped for a restroom break in some time and luckily there was a shop that kept some basic medicines there.     I asked the store owner and he picked out a pack of chewable tablets for stomach ache. I had one and boarded the bus again. I felt some relief in a while went back to sleep. However, I woke up again after some and could again feel the ache coming back.     I think I must have had at least 4 tablets that night but the ache kept coming back. It was in this state that I reached my motel - really early in the morning and was informed that my room could not be made ready before 11 because someone was occupying it. And there was no other room available.     I requested that they keep my backpack and they agreed. I kept my backpack there and headed out to a Starbucks across the road. I had coffee and a sandwich and topped it up with the pill. The stomach ache persisted.     Anyway, I decided that I should keep myself busy until my room could be readied, so I took an Uber to the Old Town. This turned out to be a good decision, as the place was really interesting. I remember some beautiful and very vibrant shops selling everything from desk mementos to funny signs, to paintings and other artwork.     Then there were streets where they had tried to recreate an old Mexican town. You found people dressed in late 19th and early 20th century dresses and shops where you could look at and buy antiques.     Most of these places were too expensive to shop at, so I just looked around. Also, I got several compliments for my shoes. :). These were open-toed high-heels I had bought from a small shop in Rohini. There were old-style restaurants as well, where I did not stop because I couldn't even bear the idea of eating anything.     Anyway, after spending half-a-day in the old town, I took an Uber back to the motel and checked in. By now, I was tired and quite sick (stomach ache back with a vengeance) and so I decided to call it a day. My room was on the ground floor and quite clean and pretty. And it opened into a very green avenue. It felt peaceful. After taking a bath and popping the very useful pill, I promptly drifted into a deep sleep.     I woke up in the evening with the stomach ache gone and my appetite back. By now, however, most of the eating places were closed, so Starbucks came to my rescue again. While I desperately wanted to head into the town for some explorations, better sense prevailed and I decided to rest so that I could enjoy the zoo the next day. I will talk about the zoo in my next post. Stay tuned.

I woke up in the evening with the stomach ache gone and my appetite back. By now, however, most of the eating places were closed, so Starbucks came to my rescue again. While I desperately wanted to head into the town for some explorations, better sense prevailed and I decided to rest so that I could enjoy the zoo the next day. I will talk about the zoo in my next post. Stay tuned. 

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