Video: San Diego River Bass 2013

just found some videos from last years fishing at san diego river.

Exactly one year ago this day, I arrived in San Diego. A wonderful adventure began…

I really miss the times there and wish I could go back as soon as possible.

I hope you like this video. Happy New Year everybody!

Thanks for watching!

Peace

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peaceful evening

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shot from yesterdays evening session at the pond.

unfortunately no catfish for my friends, fortunately for me so i don’t have to touch them. :D

some days…

Last Saturday started bad, I had to bring a friend to the airport. It’s every time again sad if a good person leaves the campus.

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San Diego Airport at 8am

Back on campus I had to find out that our wifi is broken. What dured the whole weekend without any information or warning, thanks guys! So I went to the cafeteria, the only place which still had wifi, but it looked like they also had some troubles otherwise i can’t explain me why they opened half an hour too late.

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The afternoon I spent at Lake Ramona, about which you can read here:

This day started bad, got worse, continued better and ended peacefully.

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fish&friends!

Since I arrived in San Diego people always ask me to come fishing with me. Unfortunately we don’t have a lake around where I just can go and catch some bass for fun. So I had to find something else where I can bring my friends, so they can relax and with a bit of luck catch a fish.

I found a pond near the campus with catfish, carps, gills and some baby bass in it. In the beginning I was scared that they don’t catch anything so they will be bored after half an hour. But we were lucky and already the first cast brought one of my friends his first catfish. Since then they are kind of infected too and in the last two weeks we went 5 or 6 times pond fishing. For my friends the set up has to be easy, so they fish a piece of bread on a drop shot hook and as help I organized them some floats. It works for them, they have fun so I’m happy too, what else!

The only thing they won’t learn I guess is to touch a fish^^. But even if I don’t like to touch catfishes it’s in the end me who has to take the fish.

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We even caught a goldfish aka koi which fought very nice!

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Me personally I don’t like this style of fishing but to see all of them happy just sitting and watching the float is worth to do something like this.

Hope they will catch a really big one soon, heard a 8 lb catfish should be in the pond.

Thanks for reading&take your friends fishing! – Peace!

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!

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!

Weekend in LA

Last weekend twi friends and me went to Los Angeles for the weekend.

Saturday noon we arrived on the Fairfax Blvd for some shopping. There are a few shops from some street brands like Pink Dolphin, Supreme, DOPE and my personal favorite Diamond Supply Co.

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Next destination was the spot to take pictures from the hollywood sign…

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…from where we went to the famous Walk of Fame. There are a lot of people who want your money. Pay attention and don’t believe everything. The people there are harmless but almost everyone want to sell you something.

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The next few hours we were looking for the famous boulevard with all the big houses in beverly hills, checked-in the hotel and looked again for beverly hills. Later in the night we tried to go to a night club. But as in San Diego is it almost possible to find a party under 21 and without elegant clothes.

Sunday morning we drove through Malibu and a lil bit on the famous coastal highway.

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Malibu Los Angeles, CA 05.2013

Next we visited Santa Monica and its peer…

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…and then we finally arrived in Venice Beach!

Beautiful beach with a nice promenade with a lot of crazy souvenir and food shops. There are a lot of street artists, skater, bladder, dancer, sprayer and all other kind of artists. It’s like going back to the old school. The people there are nice and the atmosphere really peaceful. If you are interested in street arts you definitely have to go there!

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It was a really nice time with good people and I definitely wanna go back there soon!