For this week’s Through The Eyes Of A Local interview, we’re flying across to the other side of the pond, to beautiful San Diego in California. Enjoy!
1. Could you tell us a little about yourself and where you come from?
My name is Jocelyn, I’m a Director of Marketing at a software company in San Diego, CA. While we work full time, my boyfriend and I always make time to visit a few new countries a year, and finally started a travel blog last summer. Our next big trip is to New Zealand!
2. How long have you lived in San Diego? And what brought you here?
I’ve lived in San Diego for about 10 years. I moved here from Boston, Massachusetts after college – I had had enough of long, cold, snowy winters and wanted to give a city in a warmer climate a try!
3. What do you love most about your hometown?
San Diego is amazing. There’s really something for everyone. The beach, of course. But the mountains are close by, great hiking, a terrific zoo, lots of great restaurants (especially Mexican and seafood!), lots of craft beer and wineries not far away. Plus, the overall vibe in San Diego is pretty relaxed, which is always great for a vacation!
4. Is there anything that frustrates or annoys you when tourists visit San Diego?
No, being a tourist and traveler myself and loving San Diego, I appreciate why anyone would come visit. I would say the only downside is that certain times of year can make the beach communities pretty crowded so it’s always nice when the high season dies down.
5. In your opinion, which places should be at the top of any visitor’s wishlist in your hometown?
The beach! Of course, I think it totally depends on what you are looking for, but if you’re coming to San Diego, you probably want to spend some time at the beach. For a change from the ocean, there are also bay options where you can paddleboard, sail, jet ski, and more. Then enjoy some delicious Mexican or seafood!
6. What foods must visitors eat when in San Diego?
The Mexican is great. And of course lots of seafood options – including sushi. But in reality, San Diego’s restaurant scene has really exploded over the years so you can find great options for really any type of cuisine.
7. What advice would you give to somebody moving to San Diego from another country?
San Diego has lots of different neighborhoods that all have a different feel – I’d recommend exploring different areas before committing to a house or apartment. Also, San Diego is a city of transplants – a majority of the people I know did not grow up here! Which I’ve found to mean that people are pretty nice and welcoming!
8. If you could describe your hometown in just one sentence, what would you say?
A paradise wonderland full of great food, craft beer, and yoga pants.
9. If tourists were to know one thing about San Diego’s culture, what should that be?
San Diego is a laid back town where people love to work out but also love to enjoy the great food and drinks this city has to offer.
Thanks Jocelyn! We’ve loved getting to know you and San Diego better!
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