The week after Ditch Day, a few of my close friends in my year and I took an overnight trip to my hometown, San Diego. We left at 10:30 in the morning and arrived in Old Town San Diego sometime into the noon hour. We had lunch at a classy Mexican restaurant, Cafe Guadalajara–I’d forgotten how much more Mexican food there is in SD than LA.
Besides the beautiful exterior, they had gorgeous decorations inside:
I’d never seen real papel picado (decorative tissue paper crafts) before!
We were served fresh chips and salsa for an appetizer…
Here are the faces of some soon-to-be college graduates on a weekend getaway to one of the most relaxing cities on earth!
I have always had a fondness for chicken flautas (seasoned ground chicken in a crispy golden flour tortilla skin, almost like a spring roll), and these were on point:
After lunch, we went to the Coronado peninsula…
And relaxed by the beach.
The sand at Coronado has little golden flecks of pyrite:
We went scrambling over some rocks by the ocean:
Coronado is also known for its historic hotel/beach resort, which is called the Hotel Del Coronado and has been frequented by celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe:
We couldn’t resist taking a mirror picture in the beautiful hallways:
There are a variety of stores below the lobby floor. The candy store sold candy sea glass,ice cream cone gummies, in addition to fudge and truffles and other ordinary things like little seal dolls on lollipops.
The Del is a curious mix of historic architecture, ocean, old-fashioned seaside resort, modern shops and bars, and the desert-ocean landscape unique to Southern California. It was as gorgeous outside as it was inside:
When we think of Caltech and the Avengers, most of us would not make any sort of direct connections between the two. The only connection that comes to my mind is that many Caltech students enjoy Marvel and the Avengers. But what if we made another sort of connection. Where instead of Caltech students liking the Avengers, the Caltech students WERE the Avengers. If this was the case, what major would each Avenger be? (Note: For my emotional well-being, in this scenario, everyone is alive and happy with their lives at Caltech)
On May 8, the Washington Nationals came to Los Angeles Angels for a lovely Mother’s Day Game. I, being a D.C. native and avid Nationals fan, of course had to attend– the Nationals play the Angels very rarely because they play in different leagues and on opposite coasts. My dad and I have a goal of going to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, and we had to take advantage of our home team being in L.A., so my mom and dad both flew out for the weekend.
As I write this blog, I’m sitting on a grassy knoll on Pomona-Pitzer’s campus. It’s the last match of my final season of tennis here at Caltech. It’s definitely a bittersweet feeling to be done with my college tennis career (unless I decide to use my final year of NCAA eligibility, granted to athletes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic). Being a part of the women’s tennis team here has been a defining part of my identity and where I met my community on campus. In this blog, I want to discuss a bit of the process of becoming an NCAA athlete, the Caltech experience of handling schoolwork and a sport, and my take on how it affected my growth here.