Adventures in San Diego

I know I haven't done a "Hello World!" blog post yet, introducing myself and my work and whatnot. But life isn't a straight line. It takes twists and turns and sometimes evens veers off into a ditch. So I'm going to do this a bit out of order and just jump into the present.

It's been a whirlwind of a month. I may have finished my second semester of grad school four weeks ago, but I have been even busier on summer break than I was in school!

My most recent adventure was a trip to San Diego for a family wedding. Many of the members of Clan Nathan in attendance I met for the first time that night. There were even a few cousins I didn't know existed!  It was wonderful to learn more about my own personal history and see where I come from. And yes, my Jewish side of the family lives up to the stereotype; lots of doctors and lawyers and a whole lotta love.

This was the first time I got to meet my Great Aunt Mildred. Every year for my birthday and for Hannukah, I always got a card from Aunt Mildred. At 96, this women is glamorous and I told her as much when I met her. Her response was, "Honey, the word is gorgeous !" Did I mention that she's also spunky?

My Great Aunt Mildred.

My Great Aunt Mildred.

After the wedding, I spent two days exploring San Diego. Traveling solo has become one of my favorite things to do. It started when I was studying abroad in college and it stuck with me as I continued my career as a photojournalist. I never saw myself traveling solo, but I find it so peaceful. It's a great way to clear one's head, gain some perspective and go at your own pace. I find that you always meet the best people when you're traveling by yourself and end up in places you never thought you'd go.

This is Ivania, known as Panda in her family. "She looks Chinese!," her mother Marcella said to me. "But she's just plain Mexican!" Ivania and her family were hunting for crabs and waiting for sunset at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

This is Ivania, known as Panda in her family. "She looks Chinese!," her mother Marcella said to me. "But she's just plain Mexican!" Ivania and her family were hunting for crabs and waiting for sunset at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

Lifeguard Stand, Ocean Beach San Diego

Lifeguard Stand, Ocean Beach San Diego

Submerged hippo at the San Diego Zoo.

Submerged hippo at the San Diego Zoo.

Lilia, a waitress at Veg-n-Out restaurant in San Diego.

Lilia, a waitress at Veg-n-Out restaurant in San Diego.