To the South

In the second week that Johanna was here, we took Rick’s car and went south. We made a quick stop in Monterey to stay at his friend Seth for one night. Love the uncomplicated way they arrange a place to sleep.

Seth is a really nice guy from the east coast, and he never “slowed down” to the Californian way of speaking—or maybe even living? We had great seafood right at the bay, and he introduced me to his collection of bluegrass music. Will eventually be handy when I maybe go to the big bluegrass festival at the end of September. Oh, and Seth’s house is pretty awesome as well!

We continued our trip on Highway 1 along the beautiful Pacific coast of California to finally reach San Luis Obispo, where Sandy, another friend of Rick, awaited us. Had a great time there, going to Santa Barbara, to the beach, and to the world-famous weekly San Luis Obispo Farmers Market. That tri-tip there was definitely worth the 30-minute queue!

And if you ever happen to be in San Luis Obispo, check out Novo—their tapas are simply great. If you don’t appreciate very spicy food though (Johanna rather doesn’t), just don’t try the chili peppers that come along, they are red and hot! (By the way, did I already mention I recently got tickets for this concert?)

I’ll probably not soon forget being locked in the bathroom for about an hour until the locksmith came to release me. :)

After very nice days with very nice people we returned back to Palo Alto to rent a car, pick up Rick and Heli from the airport, and continue our trip northwards. But more on that later.

If you want to know the details, here is our exact route.