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24 Hours in San Diego

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

Despite my Uncle having lived in San Diego for 15 years I’ve never made it out here to visit. Of course being in the neighbourhood (well, Salt Lake City) meant I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to extend my trip and spend time with my family.

So with 24 hours in San Diego I had a very short wish list: go to the ocean, eat Mexican food and spend time with my family.

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

Straight off the plane we headed to Coronado Island to take a walk along the beach and take a look at the city from the bridge. We walked along to Hotel del Coronado which was built in Victorian times and has an impressive wooden ceiling. If I was here longer I would totally be on that Segway tour.

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

The waves were huge and so loud when they crashed down. Despite the water temperature (cold!) I kicked off my shoes and ran into the surf. I honesty could have stayed on the beach the entire day playing in the surf and letting the ocean fill me. Later, when the Santa Ana began to blow, the waves were robbed of their crest and blown back towards the ocean.

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

 

From Coronado Island we crossed back to the city and drove up to Mount Soledad to get a panoramic view of San Diego. From here you can see the whole city, the coast and the mountains.

My visit came right after a few weeks of rain so the landscape was flush with green. I loved seeing cacti and succulents growing wild.

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

The best thing about visiting family is that you can ditch the tourist trail and go local. After a second trip to the ocean and the salt marshes my cousin and I headed by his office (so freaking proud of him).

When I say we headed to his office it’s one building out of dozens all on a campus for the same company. It’s so big it has its own power station. It was vast!

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

Then we went to Target for two reasons: 1. to see if we could find a mug for Kelly (we couldn’t) and 2. because everyone talks about how much they love it and I wanted in on the action.

It did not disappoint. The store was packed to the gills with a mixture of cute and tacky products. It had three aisles devoted to Velentine’s Day and more flavours of Method soap than I know what to do with. We (I) spent way too much money and made the silliest Snapchat story of our adventures.

Things I discovered at Target: 1. they have escalators for the trolleys 2. They add sales tax at the till – not on the shelf prices 3. 23kg is not a big enough baggage allowance.

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

In the evening my Uncle, his girlfriend and I headed to Old Town for some Mexican food. I didn’t order well (they told me afterwards) so I’m not counting this as my first authentic Mexican dining experience. I am coming back for a do-over.

The Old Town area is a State Historic Park with lots of Spanish architecture and attracts loads of tourists. Around the restaurants were many shops and entertainment.

The next morning we returned to Old Town and took in the incredible beauty of the buildings and pine-filled parks. We sat in the sun planning family gatherings over coffee and browsed an antique store where I bought a vintage quilt.

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

San Diego is beautiful, the weather in Winter was an easy going 20°C and it’s easy to get around in a car. Its size means you could see just a fraction of what the city has to offer in a single trip. I recommend checking out the Old Town and going to Target (joking!).

I definitely have plans to return in the future and hit the restaurants and thrift stores properly.

Housewife Confidential in San Diego

Postcards from Salt Lake City

Plane over Salt Lake City

I’ve been out here in Salt Lake City since Wednesday and I am having the best time.

I was a little nervous about travelling alone, having never left the country on my own. What I found out is that it’s loads of fun to make a trip alone because you have no choice but to meet people. From conversations struck up in the airport to staying in an Airbnb; I’ve spent this week open to new connections.

Salt Lake City is beautiful, surrounded by mountains which peek down each street you can’t help but feel in awe.

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

As I was attending Alt Summit (more about this later) I didn’t have much time to explore the city. I was determined not to miss it completely and took a an early morning trip to Temple Square to see the incredible 19th century Mormon Temple and meeting house.

I had hoped for a pretty sunrise but happily made do with the cool overcast morning light. The temple forces your eye up to the heavens and the golden angel proclaiming the resurrection.

As a space considered sacred by The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints it’s not open for public tours. If you want to go inside you’ll need to get a recommendation from a church member. I was happy to walk through Temple Square and admire the architecture.

Salt Lake City Temple

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

I walked and took the Trax (tram) around the city as well as using Uber for rides in the evenings. The city is on a grid system which messed with my head a bit, it’s like my conditioning to winding and irregular road navigation is hard wired.

I’m not sure if my experience is unique but I found the welcome from everyone I met to be warm and genuine. My Airbnb hosts were so friendly, they even gave me a couple of lifts and picked me up at the airport. It was like coming to stay with old friends and I stayed up way too late chatting last night.

Salt Lake City

I will share more about the people I met out here when I’m back in the UK because I have a lot more to say.

Today I’m headed to San Diego to visit family before coming home on Sunday. I’m looking forward to great Mexican food, my first trip to Target, getting my camera out a bit more and to wrapping myself up in family hugs for a day.