‘Good morning, San Diegooo!’ is the main thing that once sprung to mind when thinking of the Southern-most city on the coast of California. (If you haven’t watched Anchorman, I apologise as that will be lost on you) Now that I’ve visited, that is still the first thing that springs to my mind. Followed by…the following.
Arriving there from L.A. was quite a contrast as the whole city seemed so much more laid-back- and generally speaking, way cleaner- in fact it was rather a welcome break from the hubbub. The people are welcoming, they say hello, in fact they might even give you a smile as you pass them by in the street. The guy who built a lot of the Downtown area in the early days of San Diego’s existence was named Alonzo Horton…at one time he was a full on big-time-rich-from-digging-up-gold kind of a guy, but he was also very generous and trustworthy from the sounds of it. His life principal was, in his own words, “to be as happy as I can every day; to try to make everyone else as happy as I can, and to try to make no one unhappy.” Maybe that philosophy has just kept going through the generations of the city so that they’re all just happy-go-lucky, chilled out kind of people. Or it could just be that everyone is happier in the sunshine and San Diego has one of the most consistently awesome set of weather conditions in America, I don’t know. What I do know is that by the time of his death, ol’ Horton was but a poor man once again- rumour has it he was actually homeless. But did he care?? Did he HELL. There is more to life than money people, and Horton knew it. Plus, people loved him so much they named a shopping mall after him. You are a fully-respected member of society if people care about you enough to name a mall after you, money or no money.
Here, in no particular order are some interesting and awesome things I recommend getting up to if you ever happen to be in what is one of the most relaxed cities in North America. Continue reading