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Relocation Guide to San Diego – Pros and Cons

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*San Diego is the 8th largest city in the United States. It is located on the Pacific coast. Almost 1.5 million people stay in San Diego and a lot of people move to San Diego to study or work.

If you are also thinking of moving to San Diego, you must gather some useful info before moving there. In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of San Diego.

Pros of San Diego

San Diego has an amazing and pleasant environment, employment opportunities attract a large number of migrants to San Diego.

Let’s read the advantages of moving to San Diego in detail:

  1.       Climate 

Environment and climate in San Diego are amazing. The summers are not humid, summers are warm and dry here in San Diego, winters also are not very cold, it is mildly cold in winter, and precipitation is low in winters. Because of different topography levels in San Diego, you will get to experience micro-climates as well.

  1.     Education

San Diego has the 2nd largest school in California. Many being and reputed universities are also present in San Diego. Parents can get their children admitted in good and reputed schools here. The reputed and renowned universities here attract a large number of students from other cities and states. The percentage of people holding a Bachelor’s degree in San Diego is very high.

  1. Criminal Activities

The security system in San Diego is commendable. Criminal activities here are very low even though the population of San Diego is very high. It is one of the safest cities to live in the United States.

  1.     Employment Opportunities

The employment rate in San Diego is very high. The biggest employers in the city constitute the University of California, health care companies, etc. The best jobs in San Diego are Natural Science Managers, Chief Executives, physicians, etc. The maximum number of employees is in mainly these sectors- technical, tourism, professional, scientific, etc. The US Navy and military here also employs a large number of people.

  1. Entertainment and recreational activities in San Diego

There are various destinations in San Diego where you can go and spend your leisure time. You can visit these places and admire the natural beauty. There are sandy beaches, mountains, valleys in San Diego. Some places where you can go to your weekends are:

  • SeaWorld San Diego
  • Balboa park
  • La Jolla Cove
  • Torrey Pines Gliderport

Besides this, there are several other museums in San Diego where you can witness the rich art, culture, and heritage of this place. Moreover, San Diego is in close proximity to LasVegas, Los Angeles, and Disneyland. Many events like Halloween, beach dances, swap-meet, outdoor cinema, etc are also organized in San Diego.

  1.     Restaurants, food, and beer and nightlife 

The food in San Diego is highly dominated by Mexican cuisine, however, you can get to eat various other cuisines and dishes in the local restaurants here. Two big seafood companies are also located here. San Diego is known as America’s Craft Beer Capital. People from distant places come here to taste the special beers.

The city is home to many renowned and big restaurants where you can go for fine dining and go to a new restaurant every evening. However, if you want to cook at home then fresh fruits and vegetables are also available in the farm markets.

Various night clubs, bars, and pubs that offer endless beer and dancing make the nightlife vibrant in San Diego. Beach parties are also organized here and you can also visit several luxurious clubs.

Now, as we are done with the pros of the city, let us discuss why you should think twice before moving to San Diego.

Cons of San Diego

  1. Traffic

Most of the people in San Diego travel through their cars. Though the government has provided transportation facilities to its people. The biggest drawback of San Diego is its traffic. The roads and highways in San Diego are heavily crowded in the rush hours. Traveling from this place to some neighboring town or city for work can be a challenge. The traffic becomes worse during summers because a large number of tourists come to San Diego every year in summers.

  1. The poverty rate in San Diego

13-14% of the population of San Diego lives below the poverty line. It is shocking to know that the maximum population that lives below the poverty line is the youth, which accounts for over 11-12% of the total population below the poverty line.

  1. Prices of house and house rent

The prices of homes are very high in San Diego. One may have to spend $700,000-$800,000 to be able to afford a home in San Diego. It is a very big challenge for newcomers because it costs a fortune for even the people staying there to buy a small house or apartment.

Because of the high prices of homes in San Diego, the rent for homes is also very high. You may have to spend $200 for a single room and up to $2300-$2500 for a two-room apartment in San Diego.

  1. Cost of living

The cost of living is very high in San Diego. One of the main factors behind the high cost of living in San Diego is the high cost of housing. Along with housing, groceries, transportation, contribute to the high cost of living. However, health-care is cheaper in San Diego in comparison with the other parts of California or America as a whole. Moreover, the cost of living is on a rise and it increases every year.

If you are planning to move to San Diego, you need to consider various factors to move safely and smoothly. Once you have moved to San Diego, explore the market, go to various shops, cafes, and restaurants to locate the best ones according to your preference.

Connect with new people, you can attend the events happening in the city to socialize, or you can go to cafes, clubs, and beaches to meet new people.

 

 

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These ‘White Savior’ Videos and Photos are Why Comic Relief Will No Longer Send Celebrities To Africa (Watch)

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Ed Sheeran In Liberia (Comic Relief / Youtube)

*The UK charity Comic Relief, founded in 1985 in response to famine in Ethiopia, says it will stop sending celebrities to Africa for fundraising appeals due to recent criticism.

Celebs including singer Ed Sheeran, have been branded “white saviors” for making videos in poverty-stricken villages. Sheeran’s trip to Liberia in 2017 for the organization was called “offensive and stereotypical.”

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TV host Stacey Dooley was also criticized over pictures of her holding a young boy in Uganda last year were labelled “tired and unhelpful stereotypes” by Labour MP David Lammy. “The world does not need any more white saviors,” he was quoted as saying, adding that picture conjured “a colonial image of a white, beautiful heroine holding a black child, with no agency, no parents in sight.”

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Comic Relief founders Lenny Henry and Richard Curtis have both since suggested that the organization will move away from its traditional approach of celebrity-fronted campaign films towards a local approach using filmmakers from Africa to make more authentic pieces.

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The Grand Canyon Experience

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Steffanie Rivers at the entrance to Grand Canyon National Park, September 2020

*Traveling to the Grand Canyon just for a photo op, without actually hiking the trails, is like opening a bag of chips to eat just one then throwing away the rest. It’s like baking a sweet potato pie just to eat a fork full then throwing away the rest. It just shouldn’t happen!

This year I chose to make the Grand Canyon one of my vacation travel destinations for the physical challenge of its hiking trails, surrounding outdoor activities, the ease of getting a flight there and – last, but not least –  the majestic beauty of it all. 

In a virus-rich world it helps to choose outdoor activities with plenty of space where there is less crowding! Always up for new adventures, I’ve committed to at least one major hike every year for the rest of my life. Or at least as long as I’m physically able. The last thing I want is to have to be rescued off the side of a mountain in the middle of a national forest – by a donkey. That’s how they do it, in case you didn’t know. I’ve seen it. It’s not attractive. Even when I’m hiking I want to keep up appearances. But I digress. 

I prefer beach destinations as my go-to vacation spot. But there I was standing at the top of the Grand Canyon south rim waiting to start my hike with a paid tour guide.

I’m no shrinking violet who needs to be led around by the hand on a hike. But this was just my second official hike; the first one being to the top of Half Dome at Yosemite National Park last year. 

It took my hiking partner and I eleven hours traversing that mountain. It was dark by the time we found our way back to the car. So this year when the fear of contracting COVID caused him to forego our planned Grand Canyon trip I decided to go alone. 

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Steffanie Rivers at the Grand Canyon, September 2020

I was scheduled to meet my hiking tour guide at 7am. I was there. He wasn’t. No cell phone reception kept me from calling the tour office to inquire about the mix-up. So I started the 6-hour hike alone. I was determined to have a great experience and be back in my hotel room before nightfall.

Hiking in the canyon is different than in a national park: First you hike down into the canyon. Then you hike up and out of the canyon. It takes twice as long to hike up. So if you start early enough in the day you won’t get caught in the dark. 

I was less than half way into the hike down into the canyon when I observed a man wearing tour guide paraphernalia talking tour guide lingo leading a group…on a tour. Turns out this was my group. They had left without me. 

Shane, the tour guide claimed he wasn’t aware I had signed up for the tour, therefore he thought all participants were there. Turns out there was a second Steffanie – different spelling – on the tour that day. It’s a detail the guide overlooked. So they left without me. At least that was the story he told me.

I joined the tour for the remainder of the hike. I made up for lost time by asking the guide plenty of questions while following at his heels. Shane assured me my fee would be refunded because of the mix-up. Still, I made him work double-duty as my photographer. 

A woman fell to her death a few weeks before my visit while – of all things – trying to snap photos. I wasn’t trying to go out like that!

Two hundred miles separate the south rim in Arizona from the west rim near Las Vegas. And just to confirm that, I took a white water rafting tour along the Colorado River that runs through it! IMG_3155 (1)

When we weren’t riding through rapids getting water splashed in our faces with the force of five water log rides, we stopped to swim in the river, eat on beach landings and we even hiked to a hidden waterfall. A couple on the excursion with me also got engaged! 

It was my first time river rafting experience, but it won’t be my last! 

If you’re contemplating a vacation put the Grand Canyon at the top of your list. But if you go promise me you won’t just snap photos from the rim, but you’ll hike to the bottom and swim in the river too!

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Steffanie Rivers is a freelance journalist living in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. Email her at [email protected] with your comments, questions and speaking inquiries. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @TCBStef.

 

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Wearing Masks, Dance Theatre of Harlem Lifts Spirits With Video ‘Dancing Through Harlem’ (Watch)

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DTH: Dancing Through Harlem

*Despite a worldwide pandemic keeping them from the stage, the famed Dance Theatre of Harlem found a way to do what they do best anyway – uplift and inspire through movement.

For “Harlem Week” in August, which was virtual this year, the troupe released a video called “Dancing Through Harlem,” which showed the members dancing and leaping through Harlem landmarks, including the Harriet Tubman sculpture, the Apollo Theater, and the Frederick Douglass Statue in the opening credits.

The video then opens with two dancers wearing masks inside the 145th Street subway station (A/B/C/D lines) choreographed to the music of J.S. Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor 3rd movement. It cuts to four female dancers in front of Shepard Hall at City College of New York, then to four male dancers at Riverbank State Park, and then to the full eight dancers at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building.

Since the video was tweeted by @balletarchive on October 12th, it has received over 7.6 million views and counting.

“Dancing Through Harlem” was produced by Derek Brockington and Alexandra Hutchinson, with choreography by Robert Garland and filmed by Heather Olcott and Joe Samala.

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