Returning to San Diego we enjoy some beautiful sunny days – the typical nice weather in fall in Southern California. We take some relaxing walks at La Jolla shores as well as Torrey Pines beach. Unfortunately, on October 26th the city of San Diego as well as its country side were hit the worst fires in centuries. For days we could hardly get out of the hotel room because of the bad air and smog in town. Many highways were closed. Therefore, we couldn’t escape to the country side either. Towards the end of that week life in San Diego returned to normal again and we started to explore the areas hit by the fire. Luckily the firefighters were able to save downtown Julian. However, Scripps Ranch, Otay area as well as Cuyamaca and Laguna mountains were basically devastated. We try not to think to stay relaxed and to not worry about our return to Switzerland too much. But, for now it seems unavoidable.