One Year in San Diego

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One year ago today (31.05.2019), I moved to San Diego. I don’t remember the flight at all, but I remember my first evening in SD. I had four large suitcases and a carry-on suitcase, somehow managed to get them all in my rental car, sat in my car and got an instant migraine. The stress was too much. I’d recently moved back to the U.S. from Ireland and had, once again, moved to a place I had never visited before. I had exactly one week to find and buy a car and hopefully secure an apartment before I started my new job. I purchased my car (Sam) on the 6th of June in Ramona (after six full, exhausting days of car shopping) and started my job on the 10th of June. Today, I celebrate one year in San Diego, a place I never imagined I would live. I also celebrate how far I’ve come and how much I’ve grown and changed.

This morning, I went for a walk in PB (photo above) to appreciate the beauty of SD – something I do very often. As we all know, it has been an interesting time these past few months. My first day working from home due to COVID-19 was the 17th of March (what a Paddy’s Day to remember!) and we are likely working from home until mid-August. It certainly is a very interesting (and scary) time to be working in the field of International Education, to say the least. Cheers to new adventures and to San Diego for the many life lessons I’ve learned over the last year (and for endless tacos!).

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Sisters in San Diego

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I feel incredibly blessed because my sister was able to visit me in San Diego twice: in early November for her birthday, and again in early February. My sister is my best friend and there is nothing like a C&K sister adventure!

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What better way to start trip #1 than with San Diego’s number one breakfast. God bless American-sized portions…

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Guac & margs with a view at Coasterra

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Onto K’s birthday lunch at none other than Las Brisas in Laguna Beach – what a treat! Chorizo torta and carne asada tacos. Such a beautiful, relaxing dining experience from start to finish.

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My kind of marg

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Birthday girl with a gorgeous tres leches cake

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Not a bad view of Laguna Beach from Las Brisas’s patio

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Heaven in taco form @ City Tacos

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We watched the sunset at Sunset Cliffs both times K visited – unbeatable.

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Balboa Park

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Heaven in taco form @ Taco Stand

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The only face to make when about to eat/eating tacos (especially in SD)

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K bonding with a hippo at San Diego Zoo

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There is nothing in the world like laughing with my sister. We love the open air set up of Better Buzz in La Jolla!

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La Jolla

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Our sleep inspirations

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City Tacos all day every day!!!

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Little Italy

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Coronado Island (with a view of downtown SD)

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On K’s second trip, we decided to cross the border to Mexico just because!

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Beautiful Mexican brunch @ Mission

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We love wandering North Park (and I’m happy to call this my neighbourhood!) 🙂 

I’m happiest when my sister is here – all we do is laugh and eat (pretty much only tacos) and somehow find ourselves in ridiculous situations. I am so grateful to have these memories with my best friend.

On a personal note: my only New Year’s resolution for 2020 is to eat more tacos (and yes, I am serious).

First Impressions of San Diego

I have officially lived in San Diego for one week, as of tonight. Prior to moving here, I had not visited. I truly had no idea what to expect. I’m publishing this post so that, in six month’s + time, I can look back on it and laugh at my preconceived notions and first observations.

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  1. Where is the sun?! I arrived on Friday evening, 31st May. I did not see the sun until Wednesday afternoon – and it was only out briefly! Thanks to my life wife driving down to see me on my second day, I learned about “May Gray” and “June Gloom”. I had never heard of this before and was/am shocked that San Diego has looked more like Ireland during my first week here.
  2. It is MASSIVE. Before arriving, I looked at maps of San Diego many times. I knew about the many neighbourhoods, but I still thought SD was fairly small. It is so spread out and has, so far, coming from Ireland, overwhelmed me! I pictured loads of people cycling around, not driving around! (On the same note, I did not picture this many highways!!)
  3. TRAFFIC!!! Traffic, traffic, traffic! Anyone from Los Angeles or any of the other bigger cities, please don’t laugh at me… I absolutely realise SD traffic is nothing in comparison, but for me, coming from Ireland… this has been my greatest shock. I’ve driven a lot in my first week and have spent a lot of that time sitting in traffic. On the same subject, SD is a lot more crowded than I expected.
  4. I haven’t yet seen the “relaxed” atmosphere SD is so famous for. Granted, I haven’t had time to get to the coast and relax myself (I spent the majority of my first six days car shopping, ugh), so that’s probably why. Time will tell!
  5. Where is the dry air?! I grew up knowing SD was known for having dry air. So far, it’s been quite humid. Nothing in comparison to Florida of course, but still! I was looking forward to not having frizzy hair, but I still do!
  6. Petrol is so expensive.
  7. The taco shops and Mexican food in general are/is going to spoil me for life. I love cooking and pride myself on cooking most of my meals, but I’m thinking I’ll probably be cooking less in SD!!

I’ll edit this as I think of more!