The way I feel about San Diego is right up there with how Winston Zeddemore feels about New York. I've lived here for nearly half my life... which a friend of mine says makes me an official San Diegan! There's a certain responsibility that comes with that. People have to be able to trust your Mexican food recommendations. You have to act like a total baby if the temperature gets too far below 65. You have to drive like a maniac when it rains (though to be fair it is mostly us transplants that do that). It's a strange thing, to leave a place that's been home for your entire life only to find a completely new place and end up feeling more at home there. It certainly wasn't overnight...but it didn't take long for me to fall in love with this town.
I mean this is just unfair.
There are a lot of reasons. The weather is certainly up there. Jealous friends across the country give me an earful on social media when I'm walking the dog in shorts during winter. Beyond the weather, there's a certain atmosphere (ha!) about San Diego that I really dig. It's the pace. It's very stereotypical Californian in a lot of ways. There isn't a sense of dire urgency behind people's everyday lives (looking at you east coast). The moment you land in San Diego (after dodging downtown high rises) everything relaxes.
Thank you for using "relaxovision."
I do a fair amount of event coverage for local conferences, and I've had the honor to do my fair share of destination weddings. Outoftowners (all one word) almost always bring up how laid back San Diego is...and that's one of things I love the most about it. I love that "beach culture" everyone talks about. I love that we don't freak out if we don't get our food within 4.7 minutes of ordering it. I love that %85 of that food I'm eating is Mexican food and that %97 of that food is in taco form I love that I get to live close to an amazing urban park that people meander through at their very own pace.. Balboa Park is home to a litany of great museums and what has been hailed as one of the better Zoos on the planet. It's pretty hard to beat as far as having a pleasant relaxing afternoon goes.
Also, it's real purty at night.
Of course, we aren't fully immune to the trappings of big city life. There is traffic. Heaven and Earth there is traffic. If you're one of the few lucky souls that lives within an earshot of your work...then you might not have the faintest idea what I'm talking about here. But as someone who's driven from one end of this place to the other at every time of day imaginable, we have traffic. Getting out of downtown in the evening can be a true test of patience...and most of the North/South freeways are in some state of disarray at the time of day when you need them most.
Every streak of light is a steel/glass case of emotion.
The beaches here are gorgeous too. Some are more for tourists...some are less trafficked local spots...others are so picturesque that you'd be hard pressed to go there without seeing a photographer shooting a /model/wedding/sunset/family portrait. As far as landscape views go, Windandsea beach is probably my favorite.
Windandsea is like another planet.
I love my adopted home. I'm not opposed to ever living anywhere else...but I have a strong feeling that I'll always come back to this place. When I graduated college my mom asked me if I was thinking of moving. For now (12 years later) I'm just fine right here... doing things at my California pace.