Monday, August 29, 2005

San Diego Trip

Had a blast with Kavya in San Diego last week. She was really well-behaved and didn't miss home or mommy or anything, the flights left on time, we did all the things we planned to do, didn't have any problems with the hotel reservation, car rental, finding places to eat, etc. In other words, it was just how a vacation should be :-)

We flew on Monday and after a short nap at the hotel, took off to the beach. It was a nice sunny day and the water was just perfect for Kavya to splash around in (the incorrigible Madrasi in me was reminded of Marina Beach and the numerous trips I have made there when I was young. All that was needed were some sundal sellers and wooden boats for couples to cozy up behind and I would've felt right at home :-) Though we live in California, this was actually Kavya's first trip to a beach and she had a great time.

Went to SeaWorld on Tuesday. Nothing much new for her since she's already been to the one in San Antonio. Some pink flamingos, a really cute show with pet animals and a Cirque de Soleil-kinda show were some of the new things for her and she enjoyed them the most.

Off to Legoland on Wednesday. It was the first time for both of us and IMO, the best part of the trip. There were a lot of very imaginatively constructed rides for kids her age and I think I covered as many of them as humanly possible. Scattered all around the park were lots of models like a dragon, Einstein's face, etc. all constructed out of lego blocks. There is also a section with models of cities(like New York) and world famous attractions(including the Taj Mahal) built solely out of lego bricks(each of them uses thousands of those little lego blocks). Really amazing works of art.

Stopped again at the beach on the way back from Legoland and Kavya was able to wade in the water and play on the sand to her heart's content. Also made it before the sun set and so was able to catch a really picture-perfect sunset(more pictures here and here).

Visited the world-famous zoo on Thursday. It was blazing hot and my usual 'zoo jinx' was in full form, keeping most of the animals fast asleep in the water, under the water, on the shores or inside their caves. I think the bear was the only animal that helped me break the jinx and convinced Kavya that we were really at the zoo!

To sum up...

Four days of fun
With the li'l one
Wish I could do it
All over again :-)


At 11:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bb, nice pics...and even better 2 hear that the trip with kuttys went off well w/o any glitches...kewllll...!!

"Visited the world-famous zoo on Thursday"--konjam sarcastic-aa soneengelaa or did you really mean it?!

i've been to the SD zoo once...just had a fun day in the sun with appa and amma...apapo edho jandhookall kannla pattudhu!

At 2:06 AM, Blogger NS said...

lovely write up... the sunset snaps are awesome! why dont u put the snaps within the blog itself? LOL @ ur zoo jinx..;-)

At 8:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to know how ur vacation went.. well-written.. will u give 4 stars for this trip? :-)

At 8:40 AM, Blogger Chitra said...

That sounds wonderful, something that I look forward to doing with my kids myself! You know taking them all by myself for outings! How fun! BTW, I think Kavya is pretty lucky! ;)

At 9:49 AM, Blogger Krish said...

Welcome back. Looks like you had a lot of fun :-)

At 9:55 AM, Blogger Arvind Srinivasan said...

Super pics of the sunset and pink flamingos :-)

Already, see you in action ;) bashing up ONAK/N :P

At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bb, why no pics of you with kutty-paaps?

At 2:22 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

ram, thats how they call the zoo. but too much walking(pushing a stroller!) and not enuf animals. not a memorable day :-)

nithya, thanx! didnt post them as inline images cos i was worried about bandwidth. this way, ppl dont have to wait for the page to load and can see the fotos only if they r interested :)

gp, LOL. good one. yep, definitely 4 stars!

missy, yep lotsa fun. been doing it a lot since karthik was born and thoroughly enjoying myself :)

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