“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein,” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
This quote is very enlightening to me. Too often I think we find ourselves feeling more on the side of, “There’s just not enough time in a day.” I will say finding balance in today’s world can be a daunting task but if you think about it, it’s really all about perspective. Your days could be filled with a whole lot of nothing or a whole lot of something. These words mean a lot to me because it’s a great reminder to not only stay grounded when we begin to feel overwhelmed but to also make good use of the time we’re given.
With that in mind I booked a last minute trip to San Diego, got in touch with my friend who’s there doing a rotation and hopped on a plane headed to America’s Finest City.
The flight was just long enough for the attendants to pass out some peanuts and then get back to their seats to prepare for landing. I was about a pot of coffee deep and ready to take on the world, or at least this Southern California city. As always my mission was to see and experience as much as possible. After a Starbucks stop and a quick visit to our hostel we were headed to the beach!
Here’s how I squeezed San Diego into 36 hours:
The charming seaside town of La Jolla is not to be missed when you visit San Diego. It’s about a 15 minute drive from downtown and can also be reached by the bus line. La Jolla has something for everyone. We opted for a kayak tour, lunch on the patio at Aroma, a visit with the smelly yet hilarious sea lions and a sunset stroll on the beach.
We stayed at Lucky D’s Hostel in the Gaslamp Quarter, which is a stone’s throw away from downtown San Diego. This district is known for it’s rich history which dates back to 1850. Today, the Gaslamp Quarter is home to eclectic shops, diverse restaurants and a fun nightlife scene. After meeting some new friends at our hostel we all headed out for a night on the town. I even met a guy from Chile who taught me how to Salsa and Bachata!
Old Town San Diego
This part of town is considered the birthplace of San Diego. I think the city has done an impressive job at preserving the rich history that started there close to 9,000 years ago. My friend was working for a majority of the day so I spent the morning walking around Old Town with a new friend from Switzerland who I met at the hostel! We wandered around the museums, savored a cup of coffee at a local coffee shop and got a glimpse of what life was like in the old days.
Balboa Park is a massive, 1,200 acre area of San Diego which includes everything from open space to museums to botanical gardens to an organ theatre. What I loved about Balboa Park was that almost all of the attractions offered free admission. Having free admission to museums, historical sites and the like encourage people to be interested. I think Americans would be much more engrossed in the arts if it didn’t cost an arm and a leg just to walk into a museum or show. I spent the afternoon wandering around, checking out different museums and the botanical garden and eventually camped out next to a fountain and took in the scenery.
After finishing our exquisite dinner at Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill where we tried San Diego’s famous fish tacos we headed over the bridge to Coronado Island. My friend was staying there so she gave me a quick tour of the Naval base and then we went to the edge of the island to take in a beautiful sight of the San Diego skyline at night. I wasn’t able to get a decent photo but I assure you it was breathtaking.
Apart from the absolutely perfect weather, San Diego has so much to offer. I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to experience San Diego’s at it’s best due to my lack of time. I was clearly wrong! This city is a place that I will indefinitely be visiting again.