Monday, July 28, 2014

Duty Station Series: Naval Medical Center San Diego [NMCSD]

Duty Station Diaries

Today we're pleased to have Heather from Life of a Traveling Navy Wife joining us for our Duty Station series.

I'm a corporate event marketing manager, cancer survivor and new bonus mom traveling the globe for my career & blogging along the way while I discover if a career | housewife balance really exists. No topics are off limits and I love doing giveaways!

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What is the name of your duty station?
My husband is stationed at NMCSD.

Where is it located? (City/State/Country)
Beautiful San Diego, California - USA

San Diego

How long have you been there?
I have been here almost six years and my husband has been here three- we met and got married in San Diego.

Any tips for incoming military members?
Don't hesitate to ask for resources and use them, but always let yourself live your way into the answers. Sometimes you just have to live through an experience to understand it; this definitely includes the military lifestyle. Everyone has a different story. Write your own.

military couple
Photo credit: Powell Woulfe Photography

Say you’re hosting an out of town guest and you only have time to take them to three places or do three things. Where do you take them?
Tough one! If I had to narrow it to just three:
1) Balboa Park - there is no place like it. Gardens, museums, fountains, picnic areas, trails. I could go back everyday and do something new. It's such a beautiful setting.
2) Seal Rock, La Jolla - the landscape all around is gorgeous and who doesn't love seals?
3) Cabrillio National Monument/Ft. Rosecrans in Pt. Loma - the peace, the beauty and the fact that many of our warriors are laid to rest here; this area encompasses so much of what San Diego is to me.

Balboa Park
Balboa Park

Have you checked out any local festivals or events?
With the beautiful weather here, there is always a festival or event! From Beer Festivals, Dia de Los Muertos, to San Diego Pride to Gator By the Bay and December Nights celebrating the start of the holidays- I've attended many. My two favorites are the Poinsettia Bowl Battle of the Bands which takes place throughout the streets of the Gaslamp- what a show!

Dia de Los Muertos
Dia de Los Muertos

And The Parade of Lights which takes place during the holidays. Boat owners go all out decorating to a new theme each year. People from all over the city come to watch the boats on parade through the bay. It's such a testimony to the spirit that is San Diego. We incorporate the holidays and pay homage to our love of the water at the same time. The USS Midway paves the way decorated in green and red for all to see!

USS Midway
USS Midway

Where are your favorite places to eat/drink?
The food is great in San Diego! It's hard to narrow it down. Off the top of my head...
The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant in Old Town - al fresco on the patio
Vin de Syrah aka Syrah located downtown, the best wine bar in the city
The Waterfront in Little Italy for the best cheeseburger in town!
Swami's Cafe' in Encinitas (aka North County) for the best acai bowl around
George's in La Jolla - it's like dining on top of the ocean!
Last but not least, where the hubs and I met: Extraordinary Desserts in Little Italy. Their tomato soup is heavenly and the desserts are works of art.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant
The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant patio in Old Town

Are there any local foods/drinks/anything that you love?
Fish or shrimp tacos, especially from Pokez in downtown San Diego!

shrimp tacos

What’s your favorite thing about your station/city/surrounding area?
I absolutely love almost everything about San Diego. There is truly something here for everyone; mountains, beach, city or country - we have it all. Breweries, museums, arts, shows and communities that walk to the beats of their own drums. In fifteen minutes to a half hour you can explore something new. My absolute favorite thing is our people. Coming from Miami, Florida I was so taken aback by how friendly and laid back people are here. There is a true love they have for this city and it shines not just year to year or month to month, but day to day.

Seal Rock
Seal Rock

Anything else you want to talk about?
It is my hope as milspouses we can empower each other. If you've been at this awhile, remember what it was like when you started out. Challenge yourself to give back. Conduct yourself in a manner that is worthy of your role as the significant other of a member of our military and that respects his or her duty to this country. We're in this together. Let's act that way.