2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 11,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 18 years to get that many views.

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Travel to the Airport

We hope you’re having a great conference!

As things start to wind down and you prepare to head back, keep in mind that there is information on travel to the airport in the transportation guide and on the SAA website.

You can print your boarding pass for free at the UPS Business Center on Level 3  (see also: Hotel Logistics).

Enjoy the rest of your stay in San Diego & Safe Travels!

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The Mission

Looking for a good breakfast or lunch spot near the conference hotel?  The Mission is a good choice.  Located at 1250 J Street between 12th and 13th Streets, it is just a short walk for delicious food.  The menu features Chino-Latino cuisine and is known for its spin on breakfast and brunch items, which it serves all day (7am – 3pm).


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Nearby Attractions

We’ve made several suggestions about things to do in San Diego, but here are a few attractions near the hotel in case you have time to wander out during the conference:

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Chicano Park 

Established by Chicano activists on April 22, 1970, Chicano Park has received international recognition as a major public art site for its commanding murals. Chicano Park, located beneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, has over 70 murals painted on bridge and flyover columns as well as ramps and retaining walls depicting a wide variety of social, political, cultural, and historical aspects of past and present struggles of Chicanos/Mexicanos. “…a seamy underbelly of massive gray concrete freeway ramps and pylons re-imagined by muralists as dazzling public art.” Chicano Park was added to the Historical Landmarks Registry, designated by the San Diego Historical Resources Board in March 1980.

Over the past year (June 2011-June 2012) through the Chicano Park Mural Restoration project, 18 of the murals have been restored and revitalized by the original artists and/or their designees. The project was recently awarded the 2012 Excellence in Historic Preservation Award (Cultural Landscape) given by the City of San Diego Historical Resources Board.

Chicano Park Samba: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1He6ElE0CU.

New York Times: A Resilient San Diego Barrio.

The park is located under the San Diego-Coronado bridge on Cesar Chavez Blvd. between National Ave. and Logan Ave.

To Get There: Catch the southbound Route 11 bus at 10th Ave and Park Blvd (Petco Park) to Logan Ave. and Cesar E. Chavez Pkwy. (Chicano Park). Or take the blue line trolley towards the Barrio Logan station. For alternate routes, go to http://sdmts.com/Tripplanner.asp.

Seaport Village

Four miles of meandering cobblestone pathways bordered by ponds, lakes, fountains and colorful, lush landscaping, Seaport Village offers dining, shopping, and entertainment. Shop hours vary.

To Get There: Walk North along the Promenade.  It’s about a 15 minute walk.

Coronado Ferry

For a wonderful view of the harbor and downtown San Diego, take the Coronado Ferry.  It’s $8.50 for a round trip fare, and the ride itself takes about 15 minutes.



To Get There: Ferry leaves 200 yds north on the Promenade at 5th Avenue Marina, behind the Convention Center.

U.S.S. Midway

Built in 1943 and commissioned in March 1945, the USS Midway was active in Vietnam and the first Gulf War, and is the “longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century.” Decommissioned in 1992, the Midway opened as a museum in 2004. Today, the museum consists of 60 exhibits, including the galley, engine room, machine shops, the ship jail, and much more; as well as 25 restored aircraft and several flight simulators. Open 10am to 5pm daily. Last admission at 4pm.

To Get There: Walk North along the Promenade, beyond Seaport Village.  It’s about a 20 minute walk.

Maritime Museum / Star of India

The Maritime Museum of San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. The museum has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the world’s oldest active ship Star of India. The collection of ships and exhibits are available for daily public tours. 1492 North Harbor Drive; 9am to 8pm.

To Get There: Walk North along the Promenade, beyond Seaport Village.  It’s about a 30 minute walk.  Or take the orange line trolley to the Santa Fe Depot station. For more info, go to http://sdmts.com/Tripplanner.asp.


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Mariscos El Pulpo

Looking to try baja-style seafood tacos?  This is the place. There are several to choose from at Mariscos El Pulpo on Market between 4th and 5th Street. If you’re an adventurous eater, go for the octopus taco or try a stingray taco (Mantarraya) – both are delicious. The menu also includes oyster shooters and three types of ceviche – fish, shrimp, and “special” (with octopus and scallops).  There’s an extensive list of tequilas and mexican beers to choose from, or you can get a Michelada, Clamato, or Paloma to drink.

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Unfortunately, the website is under construction, so you’ll just have to visit to check the menu out.



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Hotel Logistics

We’re so excited that SAA 2012 Beyond Borders is finally here!

Here are a few hotel logistics to help you get oriented:

For more conference info, see the SAA website.

See also: transportation, dining, weather, parking, hotel, exercise

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Bargain transportation along the waterfront

San Diego’s new Big Bay Shuttle service provides daily service along the waterfront from the conference hotel, past the Convention Center, Seaport Village, the Maritime Museum and over to the Sheraton on Harbor Island (across the street from the airport). The $1 ticket includes ‘on and off’ privileges for the entire day.

Rides on the shuttle are also included in the cost of parking at the Port’s public parking facilities (Ace parking) at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, the Convention Center, and Navy Pier. Users of these parking lots may request shuttle tickets from the parking attendant.

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Baja California

If you really want to go beyond borders and visit Tijuana, Ensenada, or other parts of Baja California in Mexico, here’s a few things to keep in mind and a few tips/favorite spots:

The San Ysidro-Tijuana border is just 15 miles from downtown San Diego.  It is the busiest border crossing in the world.  You will need your passport to re-enter the U.S. after visiting Tijuana or any part of Baja California.

For further information about crossing the border, see the U.S. Department of State website: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html and the San Diego Visitor’s Information website: http://www.sandiego.org/plan-your-trip/visitor-information/safety-tips.aspx

You can get there easily by trolley (http://sdmts.com/Tripplanner.asp) to the San Ysidro stop and walk across the border or drive and park near the border. If you decide to drive into Mexico, remember to purchase insurance before crossing.

Tijuana taxis:  Note there are two types of taxis: yellow, which do not have meters so be sure to negotiate the price before you get in, and white (with red stripe) taxis or ‘taxi libre’ which have meters and are usually less expensive.

City buses are also available and inexpensive.

Check out how long the wait is to return to US: http://xewt12.com/ (look under ‘San Ysidro’ and ‘peatonal’ for pedestrian crossing.

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Turista Libre http://turistalibre.com/about

Life and Food Blog http://www.lifeandfoodblog.com

Centro Cultural Tijuana (English) The Centro, known as ‘la bola’ features gallery exhibitions,  a bookstore, coffee shop, concert hall and imax theater. For current cultural events and exhibitions in Tijuana, see http://www.mexicoescultura.com/ 

Anthony Bourdain visits Baja California: http://www.sandiegored.com/noticias/25580/The-truth-about-Baja-according-to-Anthony-Bourdain/

Javier Plascencia’s Misión 19, Misión San Javier 10643, Piso 2, VIA Corporativo. Zona Urbana Río. Tijuana, Tel: (664) 634.2493 http://mision19.com/

Chef Javier Plascencia in the news: The New Yorkerhttp://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/01/30/120130fa_fact_goodyear; San Diego Red: (http://www.sandiegored.com/noticias/27436/The-mind-behind-Mision-19-Restaurant-Javier-Plascencia/)

Delicious seafood at Cebicheria Erizo, (Erizo Baja Fish House & Market) Ave. Sonora 3808, (La Recta) Chapultepec, Tijuana Ceviche, octopus, tuna and more (read more at http://www.foodbuzz.com/blogs/2295972-cebicheria-erizo-tijuana-bc-top-ceviche-master and FB page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Erizo-Baja-Fish-House-Market/195477037176628

Tacos Salceados (Tacos Ermita) 30-A, Avenida Ermita-Norte, Fraccionamiento Santa Cruz La Mesa, Tijuana (Read: http://www.streetgourmetla.com/2010/05/tacos-salceados-tijuana-taco-center-of.html) Ah, the New York with camaron taco, dulce taco with pineapple and raspberry sauce and the famous quesotaco. And more than 30 salsas.

Tacos Kokopelli (http://www.lifeandfoodblog.com/?p=2414) Taco de pulpo (octopus).  tacos de marlin pibil.

Takesos y Papas (owner used to be chef at Tacos Ermita) Located in Plaza Monarca mall food court next to Cinepolis,Try the taco de jalapeno, New York con camaron, and like Tacos Ermita, the quesotaco. https://es-la.facebook.com/TakesosPapas

Tepoznieves, Sánchez Taboada 10737 Aviación Tijuana (next to Sam’s Club) More than 100 ice cream flavors including not only vanilla, chocolate and strawberry but guanabana, mamey, elote (corn), cajeta, avocado, chamoy


La Guerrerense, this iconic seafood cart from Ensenada won first place at LA Street Food Fest (http://www.sandiegored.com/noticias/27399/Baja-wins-again-at-LA-Street-Food-Fest/)

Ensenada tourist information in English.

Valle de Guadalupe (wine region)

Wine tasting: http://www.sandiegored.com/noticias/27140/What-are-Five-Top-Things-to-Do-in-One-Day-in-Ensenada/


Baja California’s wine destinations: http://tijuanametropolitana.com/index.php/gastronomia-y-eventos/842-baja-california-mexicos-up-and-coming-wine-destination

Coinciding with SAA is ‘Fiestas de la Vendimia’ from August 9-13 in the Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California’s wine region: http://www.bajabound.com/events/vendimiaschedule.php

La Cava de Marcelo – Cheese & wine cellar in town of Ojos Negros (http://lacavademarcelo.com.mx/)

Ochentos Pizzeriarustica https://www.facebook.com/ochentos.pizzeriarustica

Corazon de Tierra, Rancho San Marcos, Toros pintos # s/n, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Tel: (646) 156 8030 (http://corazondetierra.com/) Restaurant at La Villa del Valle hotel (http://www.lavilladelvalle.com/)

Hotel Endémico, Ctra. Tecate-Ensenada, km 75, Valle de Guadalupe, https://www.designhotels.com/hotels/americas/mexico/baja_california/endemico?affiliate=&workmatrix_user=149ef7797a

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Society of Georgia Archivists!

Join your colleagues for happy hour at 6:30-7:30pm on Wednesday, August 8th at FLOAT rooftop bar. Voted San Diego’s best rooftop bar, FLOAT is set atop the Hard Rock Hotel overlooking the Gaslamp Quarter and a short 7 minute walk from the conference hotel (http://www.hardrockhotelsd.com/dining-&-nightlife/float).

& Visit the Society of Georgia Archivists office hour at 5:30-6:30pm on Thursday, August 9 during the SAA opening reception. We’ll shower you with southern hospitality, giveaways, and a fabulous raffle prize!

Contact: Lynette Stoudt (lstoudt@georgiahistory.com).

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Parking Advice for Commuters

If you’ve driven in downtown San Diego, you know that parking can be an issue. Most streets are metered, but parking lots are plentiful. Those of you planning on driving to the conference on a daily basis may want to check out this website:


It shows you the rates for parking lots, searchable by time of day as well as by neighborhood. Make sure to check the details of each lot before paying. Some lot fees only get you parking privileges during business hours or are for a flat six to eight hours.  Also, if there is a Padres game, rates will be higher.

Of course, if you’d rather avoid downtown traffic, public transportation is an option. The trolley, which has several free commuter lots, stops within blocks of the conference hotel.


If money is no object, there is parking available in the conference hotel’s garage. It’s convenient and offers great access to the hotel and the pedestrian bridge, but does cost $38 per day. However, pay that rate up front and you do get in and out privileges for the day.

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