Don’t go to Napa, go here!! Wine Tasting in Lodi California

Don’t go to Napa, go here!! Wine Tasting in Lodi California

You know that moment when you think you're going on a wine tasting tour, but in hindsight you realise you basically went on a classier than average bar crawl!? Well, that's what hit me the morning after my pal and her mum took me on a tour of Lodi's wineries in California. Especially at approximately [...]

The Coast Starlight from Sacramento to Portland (Shooters, Snow and Very Strange Folk)

The Coast Starlight from Sacramento to Portland (Shooters, Snow and Very Strange Folk)

It was midnight in Sacramento train station, and I had just discovered that my train was delayed by at least an hour. UGH. I tried to sneakily work out who was waiting to board the train and who was just trying to get a night's rest and a bit of warmth on the wooden benches. [...]

A casual review of the HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf

A casual review of the HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf

After a very brief stay in the HI Downtown San Francisco branch, we decided it was about time we upped sticks and moved on...to a different, cheaper hostel, in the very same city. Also part of the Hostelling International family, because as we had payed for membership we decided we might as well make use [...]

The Journey to San Francisco (or, the Coast Starlight is a magical name for a train)

The Journey to San Francisco (or, the Coast Starlight is a magical name for a train)

We arose at the crack of dawn in our hostel in Downtown San Diego and walked to the train station in the pitch black darkness and pouring rain, which led me to the realization of two things. Firstly that my waterproof jacket was in actual fact not waterproof, and secondly that 6.30am is one of [...]

Adventures at the R.K. Hostel, San Diego

Adventures at the R.K. Hostel, San Diego

Stepping into the R.K. Hostel in San Diego was a bit like stepping into a parallel universe, where none of the characters we encountered were quite what they seemed and you got the feeling the majority of them were harbouring a dark dark secret, or at least an incredibly interesting and complex back story. The [...]