For the final part of my birthday trip, I had the pleasure of visiting beautiful San Diego. A place like no other- everyone in San Diego was immensely welcoming, the weather was sunny, and every dog I saw was a cute puppy. It was like something out of a fairytale! We stayed in the iconic Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Island, a lavish hotel that hosted the biggest stars of old Hollywood, and has certainly withstood the test of time.
Hotel Del 2017, and back then in Marilyn Monroe’s Some Like It Hot
The main reason that we traveled to San Diego was to fulfill my nerdy fantasy and attend San Diego Comic Con. This insane event draws in people from around the globe, and is the largest pop culture convention in the world. Stars from a host of television shows and film, from Marvel to Game of Thrones, gathered to meet fans and showcase exclusive content to attendees. As well as being a complete nerd-fest for film and TV fans, SDCC also had many other things to experience, as well as the latest technology, panels and photo-ops, and a vast marketplace-style floor with more merchandise than you could possibly imagine. We had a fantastic time seeing other people’s cosplays too, there were tonnes of awesome costumes and everyone loved showing them off! We were also lucky enough to see the cast of Game of Thrones AND The Walking Dead on the day we attended! The funny part is, after wrestling through hoards of people to even catch a glimpse of these stars, the next day while we were relaxing by the pool, who else but Andrew Lincoln (TWD) sat right by us on the sun loungers! We didn’t want to cause a fuss as he was probably recovering from the previous day’s mayhem, but this was such a surreal and unbelievable moment that sums up the crazy time we had in the States.
Other highlights of our time here were the USS Midway museum, which is an immense aircraft carrier that you can explore and learn about San Diego’s rich naval history: the free audio tour brings the experience to life and you even hear stories from the veterans who lived and served on this ship. The renowned San Diego Zoo was also absolutely incredible, and had many animals that I had never seen before, all housed in wonderful exhibits. My personal favourites were the pandas, they were super cuddly looking and really active, tumbling about in their enclosures! A special mention also goes out to the food in San Diego… Americans sure know how to eat: I must have had waffles every single day I was out there and discovered the delicacy known as whipped butter, ah-maaaz-ing!
I feel so lucky that I had such a wonderful time and I hope that one day that I can return here and spend even longer soaking up the sun on the pristine beaches and re-visiting all of these places.