Have you guys heard of Airbnb?
We’ll tell you a little bit about it:
With Airbnb, you rent a place to stay at (anywhere in the world, really) with a local host who either has a private room available, a shared room, an empty house/apartment, or even some really interesting accommodations like a treehouse (seriously now on our travelling bucket list cuz waking up in a tree sounds awesome). When staying in places with the host around, you have the opportunity to discover a new place with the eyes of a local and can get the inside scoop on a new land, and you also get to make a new friend! This helps travelers feel at home in a foreign place.
We totally aren’t affiliated with Airbnb, but our first experience with it in San Diego this weekend was amazing, and we can’t wait to try it out for our future adventures.
Our Sunday afternoon was spent at Balboa Park, claimed to be the “nation’s largest urban cultural park.” It’s a space loaded with museums, music/performing arts venues, various gardens, and the San Diego Zoo is also located within the park.
What we liked best:
Allison: Balboa Park was very cool as there was so much that you could do! You can chill and just hangout; you can have a picnic or spend time in tons of museums; you can walk your dog or workout; or you can listen to live music — all in one place! Best part: falling asleep in the Rose Garden with no one bothering us.
Ashley: The gardens were stunning, and were also one of the free attractions as for some reason, we totally assumed that the museums would be free? But, we’ll have to plan for that next time and splurge on one of the art museums that I was dying to check out. It was so great to see the walking paths packed with families and couples, and to see musicians playing and entertaining the Balboa guests. It was such a beautiful space and was honestly just a wonderful place to take a stroll. Like Allison said, that nap in the rose garden. Bliss. Thank you everyone for not stepping on us and for not stealing our shoes/bags.
Saturday in Ocean Beach, we woke up to open windows and early morning dog walkers. With sleepy eyes, we warmed up some oatmeal and topped it with peanut butter and banana, items we brought from home so we wouldn’t have to feel pressured to spend money/search for breakfast locations during this weekend getaway. Eating our breakfast slowly at the kitchen table, we had the chance to get a quick hello and goodbye in with our Airbnb host before she headed out to a surf competition that coupled as a fundraiser for her friend’s charity (she literally got cooler each day). Her morning energy got us jazzed for our day, and after cleaning up our room and getting ourselves ready, we Google Mapped our way to the Little Italy Mercato Farmers Market.
AND LET US TELL YOU.
That farmers market was incredible. It spread across 3-4 blocks and was filled with families, dogs, musicians, girls with envious style, and the sweetest vendors.
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This weekend we are escaping the AZ heat and our AZ exhaustion. With about 6 hours behind the dashboard, we’ll be in San Diego once again. This is a little vacation that the two of us need quite badly. We can see it in our apartment cleanliness and in our work motivation.
I am on summer break, but my days are spent at work or at the hospital I volunteer at. Hours of my summer break are spent blending and topping acai bowls for the many customers who want a sweet, cold treat on these sunny days. Or my hours are spent at the hospital completing tasks the Med Surg floor needs me to do to assist the staff with their responsibilities. Thus, majority of my summer activities aren’t cliff jumping, pool swimming, friend hanging, or road tripping.
Ash has been crawling towards the finish line of my AmeriCorps VISTA service, and is working full-time to teach health literacy classes to the community and more specifically, the adult probation population. The job is rewarding as it is challenging, and she says it never feels as though there is enough hours in the day to complete her class reports and her cubicle duties.
But you know what? All of that is just fine.