I’ve been to LA six or seven times before and have a sort of love/hate relationship with it, as expected from most New Yorkers. Drive?! No thank you. But this last trip I had the opportunity to spend a few days in San Diego (to visit my bestie Heather that just moved down there from the east coast), and I have to say I fell a bit in love. Even just the train ride down the coast was pretty incredible.
Let’s start there. The food. The Mexican food I tasted while in San Diego changed my life and I now feel like I could never truly enjoy Mexican food in NYC again. Seriously! It was that good. I hear it’s because they use more “lard” which may sound disgusting to you, but I dare you to taste it and tell me if you feel the same. (Read my post about Slater’s 50/50 & their ‘merican burger too.) But burritos, lard & bacon alone couldn’t convince me to pick up everything and move tomorrow.
The city as a whole had a tremendous amount of Mexican influence. In the architecture, the fashion, the art. It was beautiful and COLORFUL everywhere we went. Even though the two days I was there were mostly cloudy, the brightness of the city showed through. People wear colors other than gray and black. Amazing!
The area itself has beaches, mountains, desert, and an adorable city. (“Adorable” is a condescending adjective New Yorkers say to describe other cities when they mean “small.”) The main parts of the city are actually very beautiful and look fun, though I didn’t get to spend too much time exploring. Seems like just enough city to keep it interesting.
Now let’s talk about the Dog Beach. My new favorite place…ON THE PLANET. There were HUNDREDS of dogs off-leash, running around, having the time of their lives and I felt like I was in heaven. Dog heaven. It wasn’t a relaxing place to take a nap, because five minutes after your arrival some new wet and sandy furry friends would make their way to your towel to say hello. But it was so out of this world. That’s where I fell in love.
Love or not, I’m not really one to settle down. I would need more time for a full assessment, but I’d imagine that it’s too calm for me to move there any time soon. Once I’m a bit older and want a calmer life… maybe. But I can’t be going to live there just yet. It would be too easy for me to take over that city… and I like a challenge.
When do I get to retire?