8 Things You Need To Know Before Moving To San Diego

8 Things You Need To Know Before Moving To San Diego

From San Diego's newest California girl
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Hello, it's me, the born-and-bred midwestern girl who moved across the country earlier this summer. After about two months of being in San Diego, I have officially come up with the eight things every person needs to know before moving to San Deigo.

1. In-in-out isn't all that great

Crucify me, Californians, and those of you who have visited the west coast. Yes, it's a decent burger, but that's literally all it is. A decent burger. I will admit that the prices are amazing, and perfect for high school/college students, but if you want really good food, try one of the thousands of taco places available in San Diego.

2. You take the highway everywhere.

I wish I was joking. When you check google maps to get an idea of where you're going, you'll probably see an ETA of about 15 minutes. But when you look harder, you see that it's actually about 17 miles away. If you don't like getting on the expressway, San Diego is probably not the best place to be.


3. You don't have to cry anymore, there's free parking at the beaches.

Maybe it's because I came from Illinois, where in order to park at North Avenue, you paid no less than $12.00 an hour, but free parking at the beaches is the nicest thing ever.


4. Speaking of beaches, avoid the touristy ones.

Coronado, Mission Beach, La Jolla Cove (although technically not a beach, still extremely congested) are all nice with groups of people, but if you want to just relax by yourself or with a few friends and avoid large families with small children that like to kick sand in every direction known to man, get away from all that. My personal favorite spots are Sunset Cliffs beach (you do have to do a little rock climbing to get down there, but it's worth the privacy), Ocean Beach, and Tourmaline Surf Park.


5. While we're still on the topic of beaches, don't leave your food unattended.

When I say food, I specifically mean food. You generally won't have issues with people stealing your stuff while you're in the waves, but the seagulls are ruthless. They know that you won't be back for a few minutes, and they also know how to open bags of food.


6. Hills.

Don't let anyone ever try and convince you that San Francisco is the only major city in California with ungodly hills. You can just leave your roller blades at home, you won't need them.


7. You've never seen Farmer's Markets like this before

Not only are the products generally decently priced for a farmer's market, the quality of the produce here is amazing.


8. Everyone's just a little bit nicer

San Diegans are almost always smiling, stopping to let you cross the street, walking their cute dogs, or going hiking, and maybe that makes them all really great people, I'm not sure. However, you're rarely going to encounter mean people. Midwesterners, prepare yourself for more compliments and "you have a great day"'s than you've probably received ever. Even the people at the DMV are nice, and that just doesn't happen.


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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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To the only person who can be my mentor, friend, and leader at the same time

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To the person that I find impossible to ever replace.


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I'm not only impressed but inspired by you

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