rockin' the diego

June 04, 2005



that’s right, when we go places we don’t just go… we rock them. i’m talking me, elena, jeff, and lisa – taking san diego by storm. at the mission valley resort, we got adjoining rooms to create our party home base. and thanks to some new speakers jeff picked up at the local apple store the tunes were sounding pretty smooth. but seriously, we had a great time, even though it was only for a few days.

the key to short vacas (IMHO) is to break up the days into little mini-vacations themselves. one day, do this, another, do this, etc. it doesn’t have to be a fully developed plan, don’t get me wrong… i honestly hate spec’ing everything out, since that’s more work than fun. but it really does help to focus on the key places you’d like to visit or those few things you just have to do, especially if you’re on a short timetable. take paris, where my first trip of 3 days was broken up into the following:

  1. eiffel tower, notre dame, & l'arc de triomphe
  2. montmartre and sacre coeur
  3. versailles

boom! right there i covered most everything i’d been dreaming about since i started taking french. sure, i skipped the louvre and some other key areas, but that’s what the next trip(s) are for. of course, along the way, you can squeeze a ton of little activies, too, such as “having breakfast at an outdoor cafe” or “taking the metro” or

in san diego our days broke down like so:

  1. pool and gaslamp
  2. san diego zoo and gaslamp again
  3. mission beach, more gaslamp :)
  4. fashion valley mall, old town, embarcadero, & little italy

a little bit of everything, and most exploring done on the last day. perfect. and we have the pics to prove it.