WE ARRIVED IN SAN DIEGO!!!  We left Las Vegas early yesterday morning and embarked on a seemingly short drive of about six hours to San Diego!  Once we arrived, we checked into our “apartment”, which is a month-to-month residential location, and I was freaking out all day because I was worried about what the condition of the place would be.  We obviously weren’t able to see the apartment in person when we put down our deposit since we were in Buffalo, but it turns out that we had to check in at one of the company’s other locations, so we weren’t even able to see what the apartment looked like until AFTER we paid the remainder of our deposit, first month’s rent, fees, etc.  Nearly two thousand dollars later, I was practically about to have a coronary due to stress over the condition of our new place.

Turns out I shouldn’t have been worrying (as John said in a I-told-you-so sort of way upon arrival).  But YAY!!!  We honestly couldn’t have hoped for anything better.  We did a thorough search for any type of vermin or bug (believe me, the search was VERY thorough), and all in all, the place was really clean and seems like a great spot!  I was so relieved!   Here are some pictures of our cute little studio before we unloaded all of our crap into it.  It’s tiny, but just what we need until we are able to find jobs!  It’s great; we’re both so excited!

Once we had unloaded the backseat of the car, (we decided to wait until today to unpack the trunk), John and I searched for a place to grab dinner.  We walked right up the street to a little place called Pizzeria Luigi, and happened to stumble upon a gold mine!  Once we entered, we realized the place was on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, and served ABSOLUTELY AMAZING New York City Style Pizza!!!!  As many of you from Buffalo know, I was never able to find decent pizza that met my very high NYC/NJ standards, and on the first night in San Diego, our first meal in the city no less, the pizza EXCEEDED my expectations!  (I think it might even be better than some of the NYC pizza I’ve had!  GASP!)  I thought that us finding this amazing pizza place within a few blocks of our new home was a good omen, and I’m now super pumped to live in our new location (haha).

After our quick and delicious dinner, we headed out to John’s favorite store (just kidding), Walmart, for all of our necessities.  After a quite extensive shopping trip and two loaded-up shopping carts later, John and I headed home and unpacked all of our new belongings and groceries.  Although among other things, we bought items to make our bed very comfy, we failed to purchase black-out curtains… which it turns out we really need.  After unpacking last night, we didn’t end up going to bed until about 2am, and this morning, although having slept on a very comfy bed, the sun woke us up at about 6am.  The thing is, this isn’t normal sun Buffalo friends, this is the “I’m streaming through your window as though you’re located directly on my surface, get to the beach” kind of sunlight!  Needless to say, we’ll be going back to Walmart today to get some better curtains!

I’m not sure what the rest of our day is going to entail, probably more unpacking, getting settled, maybe a bit of exploring, etc.  I am going to start working on our cost summary for the trip so keep an eye out for it if you’d like to use our trip as a reference for your own!

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