Articles By: Catherine Nichols

Originally from the East Coast, staff writer Cathie Nichols has spent the last 25 years in San Diego, and stays in the area because of its extraordinary beauty and a lovely lack of humidity. Accused by her three children of looking at too many rocks while visiting Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and the deserts of Nevada, she continues to marvel at the ever-changing southwest landscape. With her upcoming trips to Palm Springs, San Francisco, Turkey and Greece, Cathie hopes to reawaken her desire to see the world, and leave no stone unturned. Cathie tweets as @bloggoneit.

Doing Spain as an Introvert

Doing Spain as an Introvert
By staff writer Cathie Nichols. Photos Copyright © Cathie Nichols. TO SAY THAT I was shy growing up is an understatement.  I rarely spoke and I never wanted anyone’s attention so I did nothing to draw it to myself.  I wore a uniform of turtlenecks, baggy pants, and quiet sweaters.  However, in...
August 17th, 2012 | STAFF, EUROPE, HOSTELS, MEMORIES | Read More

Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego

Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego
By staff writer Cathie Nichols. Photos Copyright © Cathie Nichols. One of the great benefits of living in a tourist destination is that there are days when I get to be the tourist.  Believe it or not, even after nearly 25 years, there’s a lot of San Diego I have not yet seen. On the first really...
April 20th, 2012 | STAFF, USA MAINLAND, GARDENS & PARKS | Read More

Play and Real Life Review: Tortilla Curtain, San Diego Repertory Theatre

Play and Real Life Review: Tortilla Curtain, San Diego Repertory Theatre
By staff writer Cathie Nichols. Photos Copyright © Cathie Nichols. AS A PERSON who prides herself on being on time, I arrived at Horton Plaza with plenty of time to spare. I parked on one of the upper levels and sat tweeting in my car for a bit. After all, I had plenty of time to make it to the San...
April 3rd, 2012 | STAFF, USA MAINLAND, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS | Read More

How a Former East Coaster Survives the Christmas Holidays in a Tropical Climate

How a Former East Coaster Survives the Christmas Holidays in a Tropical Climate
By guest blogger Cathie Nichols. Photos Copyright © Cathie Nichols. BEING AN EAST COAST (outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) transplant living on the West Coast (Carlsbad, California) can be a real bummer during the Christmas holiday season. White sandy beaches are definitely not the same as a sea of...
December 20th, 2011 | GUEST BLOGGERS, USA MAINLAND, MEMORIES, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS | Read More

Finding an Oasis in the Desert – Review: Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, Tucson, Arizona

Finding an Oasis in the Desert – Review: Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, Tucson, Arizona
By guest blogger Cathie Nichols. Photos Copyright © Cathie Nichols. BOOKING A TRIP to Tucson, AZ, was never on my “bucket list.” But with a daughter who decided the University of Arizona is the place she would like to attend college, it suddenly became important for me to figure out where the rest...
October 3rd, 2011 | GUEST BLOGGERS, USA MAINLAND, HOTELS & MOTELS, KID-FRIENDLY, Reviews | Read More