What I Will Miss About San Diego

By: Christina Phan

I was born and raised in southern California. This has been my home for my entire life. This is the world that I love and will always be a part of my heart. However, I have decided that after I graduate from law school I will be moving out of state. I will be leaving everything I know and trying something else with my life. I do not know if I will ever be back home to southern California or if I will return after just a few months.

However, I do know that I will miss home immensely. San Diego has been my home for the past three years and I truly love this place. If I ever return to California, San Diego will definitely be at the top of my list of places to live.

I will miss many different aspects of San Diego.

 Something for Everyone: I will miss the fact that San Diego is the perfect place for any personality. There is just enough of everything to make everyone happy and to meet the desires of a multifaceted individual. There many communities within San Diego, it has a city vibe, suburban communities, beach-goers, hipsters, preppy people, mountain-lovers, desert people, and others. Whether you want to watch a Tony Award winning musical, watch some Football or go dirt-biking, go to a wine lounge, go to the Farmer’s market, or just sit at home to relax and watch fireworks at SeaWorld, there is something for everyone. I will miss being able to experience everything that makes me happy.

 Coronado Island: I love this little place with its patriotic inhabitants and many U.S. flags waving in the air. I used to love coming out to the island and getting lost in the different neighborhoods and taking pictures of the cute little houses and the incredible landscape with beautiful flowers and trees. I also loved the little pubs and burger joints around the island, especially the pubs that are heavily inhabited by Navy Seals.

 Beach: I will miss randomly going to the beach at 1:00 in the morning and just walking around enjoying the sea breeze or dancing around and playing. I will miss the different types of beaches with different vibes and bars, clubs and shops to fit the needs of any beach-loving spirit.

 Driving: I will miss the fact that you can get to just about anywhere in San Diego in about 15 minutes. I used to love just driving around with buddies and getting lost. Many times we would end up at the beach. I loved getting lost and driving out to Sunset Cliffs or going out to dark back roads. Of course, the back roads were scary and I was sure I would be murdered and killed, but really it was truly funny and the likelihood of getting killed was extremely limited.

 Clothing Attire: My favorite aspect about San Diego was being able to wear dresses, skirts and shorts in January. While so much of the nation was suffering from winter and epic coldness, I was enjoying life and able to go out to the beach. I used to love being cruel and sending pretty pictures of me hiking or at the beach or walking along the harbor in summer-wear while many of my friends were whining and crying about horribly cold weather.

 Harbor: I will miss the San Diego harbor and randomly walking along and enjoying the serenity of life in San Diego. I loved going out to the harbor for lunch while I worked in downtown San Diego. I would grab a sandwich or burrito walk out to the harbor and just sit by the ships and just look out to the ocean and enjoy.

 Sunsets: Sunsets over the California oceans is one of the most incredible things in the world. These sunsets almost rival west Texas sunsets in beauty and scope. I love watched the sun hitting the ocean and just seeing the different colors dancing across the sky. Sunset Cliffs is one of the most incredible places in the world.

 Adventureland: I love that fact that San Diego is such an outdoor community. Anything I would like to experience here is within easy distance. I have always wanted to go skydiving and could never find anyone to go with. One day, I had a day off from work and was able to randomly go skydiving. San Diego is so beautiful and as I was slowly parachuting down I could see the vast expanse of this community: ocean, mountains, desert, open-land. It was beautiful. I love being able to randomly go kayaking or paragliding or going out to the desert and go biking (even though I do not bike) or hiking trails or jogging paths. It is also close distance to the mountains to go skiing. This is the perfect place for anyone who loves the outdoors.

Concerts: I love that San Diego is a big enough hub to have some of the biggest and best musicians come and perform. Crickets Wireless Amphitheater is a fantastic outdoor venue and the best place to have tailgating parties, meet cool random people, and enjoy live music at reasonable prices. During my time here in San Diego, Crickets has been like a second home to me. I find myself always down there enjoying some of the world’s best musicians.

 Rooftop Lounges: There is no better experience than the year-round San Diego rooftop lounges. No additional comments needed, this speaks for itself. Big Love.

 La Jolla:  I love this place. It is beautiful and picturesque. The houses are gorgeous, the ocean is stunning. There are seals. You can kayak with the sharks. Go paragliding. You can sit out at a park, barbeque and look out at the ocean. I love walking around and checking out the cute boutiques. Salsa dancing! Marriott Hotel has free salsa dancing lessons and a great opportunity to use your skill sets and meet new people. This is one of the best cities out there.

 Military Community: I love the Military. I love all the military related events and being able to support our troops. I love the military air shows and flyovers. There are so many opportunities to be actively involved with and interact with members of the United States military and their families. San Diego is such an incredible and supportive community. This is probably one of my favorite aspects about San Diego and something I will truly miss.

 I love southern California with all my heart and I will miss so many things about this place. I will truly miss San Diego and this world. No matter where I go, I will always be a southern California girl at heart and San Diego will always have my love.

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