Sunday, June 05, 2016

2015 - Conundrum of Nature


It was on early February I knew that I am moving to San Diego. When I started to share my new destiny , many people were not only amazed , but shocked and jealous. Poor me,I even don't know  what it means to me as i was driven by the immigration chaos , that hunted me for some time. Living in the small cities and small towns in mid west as a student and a professional were only the experiences I had in US. I had never been to San Diego but that's where I am living eternally now.

" San Diego is a city on the Pacific coast of California known for its beaches, parks and warm climate. Immense Balboa Park is the site of the world-famous San Diego Zoo, as well as numerous art galleries, artist studios, museums and gardens. A deep harbor is home to a large active naval fleet, with the USS Midway, an aircraft-carrier-turned-museum, open to the public"( encyclopedia). Interestingly if you drive around 20-30 minutes , you will reach so called Mountains -(weird, expecting more ramification of the word Mountain or wondering about the relativity the word ), Desert and the beautiful beaches,  the conundrum of nature that not only brings the excitement but also brings the chaos and deeper questions  on the epistemology of Geography - at least for a person like me who have little knowledge on history and geography. With the unique position in the Geography, from equator and west facing pacific ocean, Southern California's weather can only be compared to the handful of cities in the world.

When I arrived in San Diego in last week of February 2015,  The cold was  gone, nothing compared to heartland of America, Kansas City. What really amazed me was not only the beaches that I never had opportunity to grow with - (Nepal is a land locked Country) but mostly the terrains of up and downs resonates what  I used to see back in Nepal from my bed room. I was totally surprised to see the different floras that are similar to Nepal's terrain from Eucalyptus to Pine Trees and the beautiful flowers across the cities and highways.It is phenomenal to be the part of this beautiful nature.

The word Mountain in Southern California is pretty funny and skewed  - not only in the altitude but also the lack of floras and faunas. Although I was pretty uncomfortable on using the word mountains in the beginning because mountains  have a notion of snow capped mountains with thousands of meters in altitude, snow capped all year. I prefer to use the word hill stations.

Hiking in San Diego surrounding is fun. Point Loma is one of the favorite place where I have been many times. Cowles mountain is another beautiful hike from where you can see the Mexico ,  bay area and pacific. Hiking around the Torrey Pine beach is awesome as you see the beautiful beaches, blue ocean and insanely crazy surfers.

As the beaches expands more than 70 miles in San Diego County, Its always fascinating to go to the beaches - without hassles of parking and crowds.

During the year 2015, I had great opportunity to roam around the city, taste different foods - I would have never thought of , and hike many places. I am blessed to have this wonderful moments . Some of the restaurant I love were Sardina, Sushiya, Mimi and Koreans.

Its been more than a year , I am living in San Diego and life has never been so adventurous and full of joy with nature and awesome weather. What about your experience?