After 8 years away, coming back to the college I grew up in felt familiar yet foreign at the same time. I instantly felt at home, arriving early in the morning and inhaling the crisp sea breeze as the sun warms my body. Studying in such a beautiful setting did make it hard to concentrate, but taking a walk to the cliffs did make for a perfect break from the books.
I did start to feel a little bit disconnected to the school. The 8 years has brought a lot of changes for both me and the school. I've had a lot of ups and downs since then so college feels like a lifetime ago. Since I'm also 10 years older than the incoming freshman class, I could no longer relate to what they were going through on a day to day basis.
There have also been a lot of changes to the school, which made the whole experience more disorienting and unusual. I don't know what I expected everything to be the same, and that it will always remain as I remember it. But I am grateful for the experience and for the reminder to embrace the change.
Here are a few of my favorite things to do in La Jolla and San Diego.
- Visit the cliffs overlooking La Jolla - This little known Scripps Coast Reserve is usually almost always empty. Enjoy the view all to yourself.
- If the height at the cliffs does not scare you, go on a hang gliding adventure at the Torrey Pines Gliderport.
- Take a dip in the ocean at La Jolla Shores or go for a surf lesson with the Surf Divas.
- On the way to La Jolla shores, stop by Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial for the best view of all of San Diego.
- THE place to go to for breakfast/brunch: The Cottage. Sit outside and enjoy the weather. Go early or the wait will be long.
- For lunch, you have three solid options. If you want a sandwich, go to the Cheese Shop. If you want inexpensive seafood, go to El Pescador Fish Market. If you want a nice sit-down restaurant, go to Piatti Ristorante & Bar.
- For dinner, the Prepkitchen is great and has a wide range of food that will sure to please everyone in your group. If celebrating a special event, go to the Marine Room for a view of the ocean. During high tide, the waves crash against the windows.
- Beer: The craft beer scene in San Diego puts Los Angeles to shame (we are slowly following suit). There are a ton of options, but you can't visit San Diego without going to the Stone Brewery. There are multiple locations to sample the beers.
- Wine: for wine and a great view of the ocean, go to We Olive & Wine Bar.
Our beautiful Geisel Library
The 'Fallen Star' art project
The bear art project
Haven't taken this Amtrak train home in 8 years!