EF SD: what to pack for SD

here my opinion what to take with for a stay at EF San Diego. I put my thoughts in a list of 12 things together which are in my mind the most important.

– clothing: Pack your clothes wisely, depending on your budget and the duration of your stay. Don’t bring too much stuff, our luggage weight for the flight is really limited and you can buy a lot of nice clothes here in the US. Remember, most of your favorite brands are american and compared to most other countries cheaper here. For example, I arrived in San Diego with just three shirts, one pair of shorts, one jeans, underwear, socks and five hats. which was enough for the first few days.

– sunglasses: The californian sun is quit strong and not all people are used to this. It can be very helpful if you can protect your eyes the first few days. I used to go outside with my shade son only the first few months.

– sanitary articles: Of course you can buy all this stuff here. But on the other hand you might not get to a shop immediately after your arrival. So bring the most important articles with you and the rest you can shop with the first opportunity.

– laptop/camera: Take the if you have, it’s a good way to share your experiences and stay in contact with your people at home. Some students also buy all electronics here because they are cheaper than in their countries.

– handy: It can safe your first day if you have a working phone on you during your travel. Maybe a flight could get cancelled or your shuttle could be late or doesn’t even come. During your stay it’s good to have an american number. Sometimes hotels or online shops might ask for a number to do a reservation or order.

– chargers: Don’t forget the chargers to all your electronics. Some people feel really uncomfortable if their laptop or whatever runs out of battery and they can’t recharge it.

– adapter: Remember that the energy plugs in the US are different from other countries. To use the electronics from your country you might have to use an adapter.

– personal things: It depends on the person but I have already seen students who got homesick after a few days here. Special things with a special meaning could help you getting over the homesickness.

– home food: In the beginning of your stay you have to get used to the US food. If you could have problems with this, bring some food from home for the first few days. Like chocolate if your swiss for example. But pay attention! It’s official not allowed to bring food over the border.

– driving license: Don’t forget your driving license if you have one! To rent a car it’s necessary having a valid license on you and for legal driving too of course.

– cash for the start: Have some money on you during the travel in case of any kind of emergency. You might also be happy if the first thing after your arrival is not finding an ATM-machine to take money.

large enough suitcase: To transport all these articles noted down you need of course a good bag or suitcase. Always remember that you probably will come home with more stuff than you left. Chose your luggage big enough but pay attention to not load them over the weight limit of your flight company.

This list might net be complete but maybe a little help to some of you!

thanks for reading – PEACE!

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first murray bass

just wanted to show you my first fish from murray I caught last week.

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tubed murray this morning again, without fish and also the evening session on lake miramar brought me just one small bass.

hope I will catch some big ones soon.

thanks for reading – stay tuned for more!

10 tips for a successful road trip!

10 tips for a successful road trip (as an  EF student)

1. plan the route

We did our trip without any specific route. That is on one side good because you can discover beautiful places you didn’t now and stay some time or maybe one night there. On the other side was it bad when the day was coming to an end and we didn’t know where we want to stay. Especially on the highway nr. 1 can it get difficult to find a place to stay if the next village or city is 50 miles away. So you don’t have to plan everything exactly but make up an idea which cities and places you want to visit.

2. organise a good car

On a road trip you are driving a lot so it’s important that you have a solid car with all insurances needed. Especially during vacation season it’s important that you reserve your car/van as fast as possible and not to wait till all rentals are booked up. We rented a Chrysler family van from DirtCheap, San Diego which had enough space for us five.

3. reserve hotels/motels/campings

If you plan your route and know where you will go is it recommended to reserve the hotels or wherever you will stay. We had problems in San Francisco downtown to get a room and also on the Yosemite Camping were we very lucky getting a cabin. As I learned are especially campings really fast booked up. Outside big cities it’s most of the time easier to find something and also cheaper.

4. go with the right people

Go with people who have same interests as you and who want to do things that you also like. Otherwise you will have a lot of disputes during your trip.

5. plan enough time

If you have like a schedule for your trip, plan enough time between two main destinations. On a road trip you will explore always a lot of unknown, nice places where you want to rest at.

6. not too much luggage

The space in a car is very limited so don’t bring too much stuff with you. Some clothes, bath stuff, camera, chargers, money and Passport (or California State ID). California gets cold in the evening even in summer, so pack at least a hoodie. Training pants are also very comfortable and safe you the night if you should sleep outside or in a car.

7. enough drinks

Not just alcohol is important on a road trip. Have all the time enough water or something else to drink available. You might get somewhere hot without any possibility to buy something. In particular for the driver’s concentration is it important too drink enough.

8. buying food

If you go camping try to buy the food in a city or bigger village early enough before you arrive. Around the campings are most of the time just small shops with high prices. If you want to do a barbecue buy also a grill because on most campings are barbecue areas but no grills. Also if you stay in a motel with kitchen can it be fun to cook together and it’s a good relief to all the fast food. And if you don’t like to cook are almost everywhere some fast food or other restaurants.

9. enough music

Driving without music can be boring, so make sure everyone take some music that he/she likes and play it. So you avoid some conflicts and all music wishes are considered.

10. RESPECT

Respect the people you go with and their wishes. Don’t try all the time to make them do what you like. Compare your notions together and find a solution which everyone can live with. Otherwise your trip could escalate into a big dispute.

enjoy your trip – thanks for reading!

trouts from yosemite

Thursday last week, as I wrote in the roadtrip post, I got up early in the morning to fish the small river along the camping.

I just had a small spinner from the stop at Bass Pro the day before. I managed to hook six fish. Nothing big but at least something else than bass (of course they are still my favorite fish). I talked to a boy who told me that the trouts are stocked all season long. But they are still way nicer than what I know from switzerland.

But the nature alone was worth the time I spent walking and casting with the shitty pole I bought also in Bass Pro.

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If you are interested in staying there too, here is their website: http://www.stayatyosemite.com

I recommend to do a reservation as early as possible. We were really lucky to get a place there without book before.

thanks for reading!

roadtrip june ’13

Because of school vacation four friends and me decided to do a little roadtrip along the california coast.

We rent a Chrysler Van for this which has enough space for 5 guys and allt heir stuff needed.

SATURDAY 6/8/2013

We started last saturday early in the morning and drove directly to Santa Barbara. There we took a motel for one night and spent the rest of the day with visiting the city, cooking food and my friends tried to find a good nightclub. Unfortunately, my 19 years don’t allow me to go into a pub or bar so I stayed in the room watching TV.

SUNDAY 6/9/2013

While my friends still were sleeping, my day started early in the morning at the harbor of Santa Barbara. I fished with dropshot and swimbaits the whole harbor. I didn’t get any bite but saw at least some nice creatures from the sea like starfish, a baby ray and even some dolphins.

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Later this day, when all were awake, we continued our trip and got as fast as possible on the beautiful highway nr. 1!  After some hours driving we stopped at a pier for a break and I tried again to catch some fish. After a few minutes fishing the others wanted to try too and so we spent the next hour looking for a shop to buy them some stuff and this just after a few casts each. That’s called an addiction, I think!

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The only fishing shop around was already closed when we arrived there so we decided to spent the night in the next city/village which was Morro Bay. There we just found a camping to stay so after buying food and everything necessary we did barbecue till 1am (the grill didn’t want to work first) and slept after in the car. Which was not so comfortable but in the end we survived it!

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MONDAY 6/10/2013

After grabbing some food we continued driving highway nr. 1 up to the north. We couldn’t agree if we already want to drive directly to San Francisco or not so we landed finally in Carmel after driving north, south and back north.

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For dinner we went to a local italian restaurant where the staff was really unfriendly and treated us like we wouldn’t pay. My friends tried after again to find something to party but returned to the motel early. In my opinion is Carmel more a city for older people with money that they want to show.

some impressions from highway nr. 1

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TUESDAY 6/11/2013

We arrived in the early afternoon in San Francisco and spent the next hour looking for a place to sleep this night. First we asked in the office of EF San Francisco where the friendly girl in the office sent us to a motel in which a lot of their students are lodged. In San Diego someone from EF told us that it’s possible to sleep in other EF schools for free. In SF we should pay so we decided to find something else, what is not that easy in SF downtown for an affordable price. After a few researches we found a hostel maybe five minutes walking away from the center. From there we walked a bit through the city with a visit in China Town. My friends spent the night again looking for a party to go but returned early then even in SF a lot of clubs are closed during weekdays.

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WEDNESDAY 6/12/2013

We started the day with a walk along Fisherman’s Warft, the harbor where it’s really expensive to park a car. By the way, driving through downtown is hard and needs a lot of concentration from the driver. I would say driving&parking in SF is, like most other cities here, not that easy and everything else than a pleasure.

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Two hours later our parking time was already over and after a quick stop at the Golden Gate Bridge we continued our roadtrip in the direction to Yosemite.

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After five hours drive and a stop in a Bass Pro Shop we arrived a few miles before the entrance to the Yosemite National Park. There is a small village with a food store which has everything you need. We booked a a cabin on a camping called “Yosemite Lakes” in the middle of beautiful nature. Along the camping is a small river with rainbow trouts in it where we spent the next hours fishing till the sun set. Because our unlucky fishing we had to grill our meat we brought with us from the shop. It’s really impressive to spend a night surrounded with trees and a wonderful sky full with stars.

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THURSDAY 6/13/2013

I started the day early in the morning after a cold night on the floor of a cabin in the woods. Before my friends woke up I fished again the small river from the day before. watch what I caught here -> https://projectbassthumb.com/2013/06/19/trouts-from-yosemite/

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After a nice day in the nature we decided to drive back on the highway nr. 1, direction south. A few unsuccessful motel requests later we finally landed in Big Sur a small “village” in the forest directly on the highway. Because there was really nothing to do we went sleep early for one time.

FRIDAY 6/14/2013

Driving back to Santa Barbara where we went to the same motel as the saturday when we arrived there first. Meanwhile the prices were risen because the Graduation Weekend. Finally we decided to stay there anyway because all the other hotels/motels were in the same situation. We made a bicycle tour along the beach and went eating later.

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SATURDAY &/15/2013

In the morning we met some friends from switzerland who were traveling too. But the rain in Santa Barbara made us leaving and we took the last miles back to San Diego. On the way we visited the nice places along the coast like Malibu and Santa Monica. In the late afternoon we arrived safe and without an accident the whole week on the campus in San Diego! We all were tired but it was a lot of fun this week and I personally learned again some important lessons for life.

in this post I wrote down some tips for a successful road trip: https://projectbassthumb.com/2013/06/20/10-tips-for-a-successful-road-trip/

thanks for reading!

somewhere in cali

last week I had the great opportunity to fish a nice lake somewhere in cali of which I can’t say the name.

but i still can show you some pictures.

the day started slow for me with just too missed topwater bites early in the morning. a little later I caught a 3.2lb on jig. a few more followed later, also on jig. after maybe three hours fishing i got a hard bite and fight on dropshot. I hoped a long time for a good bass till a big ugly catfish appeared at the end of my line. my friend thought it was about 8-9lb. unfortunately the fish broke the line before i could take a picture. after this I fished swimbaits for a long time without any success. So later in the afternoon I changed on a texas-rig and caught a couple more. my total of the day was 12 bass, which is a good result for myself even if all my friends caught more.

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thanks for reading! stay tuned for more BASS!

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some miramar bass

After almost one week without fishing I went yesterday evening for a little time to lake miramar.

The first cast already brought a good bite on my Deps B-Custom Spinnerbait but the fish came off. The weather was cloudy and very windy so casting was not that easy, the fish didn’t care this and I lost another bass in front of my feet, damn! I really wanted to show my friends who came with me one of the fish I talk about all the time. But the gates were almost closing so I had to hurry up! One last cast into the reed and BITE! This time the hook hold good and I finally could present my friends a bass :)

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Good time with good people, all I need! :)

Because this good evening I decided to tube this morning again on miramar.

I got eight bass in maybe four hours before I had to go back to class. Unfortunately my catches weren’t so big but at least I caught some fish. I will go back soon on lake miramar and fish bigger lures so I hope to catch bigger fish. ;)

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biggest fish of the day

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thanks for reading – peace!