Hey y’all, welcome back to Cleverly Caroline. Today I’m going to be sharing with y’all a quick trip I took to La Jolla yesterday.
I know many of my readers aren’t from California, so I’ll elaborate more on the area. La Jolla (pronounced La Hoya) is a neighborhood in northern San Diego, California. It’s home to the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the beautiful Torrey Pines State Reserve.
So one of my best friends from home, Mikayla, goes to UCSD and is studying Environmental Policy. While she’s not in school right now, she was visiting the area for her friends’ birthday, so of course I had to see her and her new apartment off campus in La Jolla.
I drove down to La Jolla from where we’re staying in Encinitas, which took about 20 minutes on I5. Even though the drive was quick, I was super nervous the whole time because I had never driven that section of highway before and I was driving my dad’s car, which I’m not used to.
Pulling into Mikayla’s apartment complex, my jaw dropped. It was far nicer than any off campus student housing I’d seen before. After meeting up with her, Mikayla and I hopped into her car for our adventure. We started by checking out the LDS church across the street from her apartment complex. While neither of us are LDS, the church is an iconic part of San Diego and has beautiful gardens to take pictures in.
After the church, we headed to a local mall called the UTC. It was possibly the largest mall I have ever been to with tons of shops and restaurants as well as an indoor ice rink and movie theater. We grabbed lunch at Lemonade, which I’d been to before but don’t remember very well. We both had poke bowls which were delicious and, of course, lemonade. I had watermelon while Mikayla had blood orange. I don’t usually like watermelon but this time I did!
When we finished eating, we walked around the mall and shopped, but generally didn’t find anything exciting. We did stop in the Kendra Scott store and had so much fun! They let us look at all the different stones and types of jewelry. I ended up buying my first necklace from there which I am really happy about.
We left the UTC after spending way too much time doing nothing there and headed back to Mikayla’s apartment. She gave me a quick tour of the place and I was super impressed! It’s two bedroom, two bath with a kitchen, en suite laundry, and a porch. It also had a nice, new hardwood floors in the common spaces and soft carpet in the bedrooms (this is Mikayla’s favorite part.)
After that, it was time to say goodbye. Both of us had work to do, but knew this goodbye was only temporary because we’ll probably both see each other while we are down here, but we’re also going on a trip together next week. I drove home on 101, more scenic than I5 (sorry for the California highway terminology, but if you know you know) and got to see a few cute little towns. I was also less stressed because it wasn’t a major highway.
Overall I had a great time visiting La Jolla, even if it was super short and I didn’t see much. I would definitely recommend checking it out if you’re ever in the San Diego area!
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Disclaimer: This post was originally published on Cleverly Caroline on July 11, 2019.