I’m back in NYC after an amazing 2.5 weeks at the Astoria Music Festival. But before I dive into that, my post-San Diego post is overdue! So here it is:
It’s almost my one year anniversary of moving to New York, but part of me never left California. In New York, everyone is rushing to be somewhere, do something, be someone. The past few months have been a bit of a blur thanks to Le nozze di Figaro, a recital, and Così fan tutte, and it wasn’t until I landed back in San Diego that I had the chance to hit pause.
It would have been a perfectly-timed pause if I weren’t also stressing about learning Despina, but even so it was much-needed and much-enjoyed. You’ll be pleased to know I got to everything on my San Diego to-do list and then some!
I’ll come out and say it: the Pacific is better than the Atlantic…
THE OPEN SKY
Not a building for miles around:
Here you can wear open-toed shoes 360 days of the year. Can you blame me for treating myself to a pedicure?
There are trees and flowers in the City, but the variety in San Diego is so colorful and flavored with a dash of the exotic/tropical.
Other than Dante, the only other animals I really encounter in New York are pigeons. So this was a fun moment:
Yes, a rattlesnake! And other creatures too – a hippo and a family of giraffes:
And most exciting (I’ve seen rattlesnakes before), I saw my first wild crab. It was tiny, but it counts:
I know New York is one of the best places for food, but it’s pretty darn expensive. Plus, the food in San Diego has a special ingredient – good company.
(And brace yourself to be mouth-wateringly envious…)
Breakfast with close friends:
Korean with a soprano friend:
Lunch with a good friend:
Morning coffee and pastry with a former teacher:
THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY
I didn’t get a picture of everyone, but here are a few of the special people I got to see during this visit:
I was at his basic training graduation, and now he’s about to graduate from college. So proud of him and all that he has accomplished.
I didn’t just crash Natasha’s Ashtanga class to take a picture either; I survived the entire Primary Series too!
And of course, I caught up with Kristina who took excellent care of me, chauffeured me around town, and kept me entertained.
I love having the opportunity, ability (thanks, day-job!), and excuse to visit San Diego each summer. I’m about 95% sure I will be making the same trip next year — I did not place in Musical Merit, which was a disappointment, but it also has me fired up to try again.
Until my next visit, I’ll tide myself over with wonderful memories, and I’ll continue with the soul-searching this trip sparked.