I’m back! After a whirlwind few days in San Diego from which I needed the entire weekend (and then some) to recover from, I’m finally back catching up on my favourite blogs and of course updating my own with the hundreds of photos I took in San Diego. Although in fairness most of the photos were taken in the zoo and I’ll save them for a separate post.
Less than a week after coming back from my trip to Ireland I was heading off again this time to San Diego. Except that while Ireland was purely a holiday this trip was for work. I attended a major scientific cancer conference that was really engaging and informative but also exhausting. I always forget just how hard it is to stay alert and attentive for all the talks which ran from 7am to 6.30pm....not to mention the networking (which I'm terrible at because I'm super shy!) and the walking.... it easily took 10 minutes to walk from one end of conference center to the other. After 5 days I was shattered.
Unfortunately (because my work is currently unpublished) I can't share the photo of me with the ribbon I got for the "scholar in training award” I was fortunate enough to receive from the Susan Komen foundation. But it was awesome, and I brought the ribbon home so it will be gracing the walls of my house soon and I’ll share it then.
Obviously I was in San Diego for work and even though I only brought the “big camera” out with me one day I still managed to capture a few photos to remember San Diego by. One evening we took a ferry out to Coronado Island for dinner (we'd been hoping to make it to the beach too but science got in the way) but as luck would have it the sun was setting just as we boarded the ferry - best $4 sunset boat cruise ever!
And of course we managed to sneak in a cocktail (mango mojito) outside in the sunshine overlooking the marina, and then later that night we had the most amazing icecream ever (chocolate with butterscotch sauce) from Ghirardelli icecream.....heavenly!
So even though I didn't get to venture any further than the tourist parts of town, I still loved loved San Diego, it's going back on the "to visit" list and even on the "might move there" list, although it was very expensive compared to Columbia (but then again everywhere seems to be more expensive than Columbia).
Until the next time San Diego....