Back in 2009 I started a food blog. Then from 2011 to 2012, I traveled to 13 countries and documented life abroad on a travel blog. Now here I am with a new blog that combines a little of the food blog with a little of the travel blog with a wordplay on Claire Danes’ other show in one place to share with you what it’s like for me and Eaman (my boyfriend of 7 years) to move to San Diego with virtually no safety net. No jobs lined up, no huge network of family or friends and basically no familiarity with Southern California. I mean, we even sent a deposit for an apartment and just sort of crossed our fingers it wasn’t a scam. (It worked out.) We love a good adventure, can you tell?
We drove nearly 3,000 miles from New Jersey (where I’m from) to San Diego.
We came to San Diego in 2010 during a short weekend trip from New York City, and it was love at first sight. The idea of coming back here more permanently was always on the back burner, so after we got back from our travels — when we realized the idea of becoming lifelong backpackers didn’t really suit our personalities or hygiene requirements — there wasn’t really anywhere else we wanted to live. We figured we would just fit our careers into our lives instead of the other way around.
And moving here on a whim is, in a way, a lovely extension of our backpacking trip. What better way to get to know our new home than to use everything we learned from our travels? Walk the streets (or drive on the freeways, I guess), talk to locals, eat at hole-in-the-wall spots and constantly push ourselves to look for new and unique things. So that’s my goal for this blog: a guide to food, outdoors, style and culture not just in San Diego, but in Southern California as a whole, and a peek at how we ourselves are fitting into a completely new place.
I’ll be posting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so…see you Friday!