Jennifer Dery on San Diego
In keeping with my promise to grant each of you the same window into my life that you so quickly offer up in return when you become clients, I wanted to tell you a little bit about my relationship with San Diego. For those of you who want more from the “Getting to Know Your Photographer” series, you can check out last week’s post detailing my feelings about photography (link to post). But today – it’s all about the sun and sand!
So many people in San Diego are transplants. I have met friends and clients who have hailed from up and down both coasts and everywhere in between – and that isn’t even taking into consideration those who find their way here from out of country. We are a destination town, but no one ever really wants to leave, lending the melting pot atmosphere we have going on. We are just one of those places where nearly no one is truly from here.
I am the rare anomaly: a native born San Diego girl through and through. My Grandparents moved here in the 40’s, my Dad was raised here and so was I. This has been my home since the day I came into the world. As a result, I love everything about this town and couldn’t even pick a favorite area if I tried. The beach always makes my heart happy, and downtown gives me the opportunity to class things up and dance the night away. From Luecadia to OB and even heading more inland towards Hillcrest, it doesn’t matter to me. I love it all, each separate facets of this incredible culture and personality that San Diego has to offer. And the best part? Everything is usually no further than 20 minutes away; this compact little town with everything you could possibly want in arms reach.
As a bit of a foodie myself, I really get excited about the restaurant scene here in Southern California. There seems to be a new restaurant opening every day and I am always up for checking out new hot spots. I think it is really cool that there is such an appreciation for different flavors in this town, and so many diverse and innovative chefs. I know that no matter what I am in the mood for, I can find something to satiate my cravings. And the craft beer scene that has been exploding in recent years is a lot of fun too! Did you San Diego was recently voted “best city for pizza” in the country? That’s just crazy awesome!
Sometimes, even I can be a bit of a tourist in this town. While you won’t catch me going anywhere near Sea World, I absolutely adore Balboa Park. The various museums, gardens and continuous swell of performers all combines to make it one of my favorite spots. I could seriously head there every single day and still not get bored.
At this stage in my life, I don’t see myself ever leaving San Diego. I get my travel fix in, and then always love coming home. But if money were no object and I could live wherever I wanted? I would probably split my time between Seattle, Florence, and of course – sunny SD. You might be able to twist my arm and convince me to head to Paris every once in a while as well (you know, just for crepes) but San Diego will always be on that list. It’s home, and I truly do love it here.