Photography by Dawn Gibson-Thigpen, unless otherwise stated
You guys already knew a follow up post was brewing somewhere in the universe and now without further ado here it is! Yeaa! FYI….If you missed the first one just go check it out at Discovering The Fun And Fantastic All New Kia!
Now let’s chat! I am so excited about this second recap. I didn’t realize just how many amazing shots I captured until I started going through my camera after returning home. San Diego is full of amazingness! Wait is that a word? If not let’s just pretend it is for the moment! HAHA! Anywho! I really love having the opportunity to share my time on the road with you guys and this time is no exception. True! I have visited San Diego before but never through the eyes of Kia!
Upon arrival my heart was pounding due to anticipation. As stated above, this was the first time traveling with Kia so I really had no idea what to expect. However, as soon as I touched down I was greeted by the friendliest smile and made to feel extremely comfortable. After arriving at the Hard Rock Hotel SD and mingling in the lounge area a bit my nerves and anxiety when out the window of the Hard Rock and was immediately replaced with enthusiasm and excited!
After settling in, media had an opportunity to see San Diego up close and personal through the eyes of a Pedicab! I have to be honest, I have traveled in many a Pedi but Gaslamp Quarter pedi’s are different. While heading over to the Rustic Root for some networking, great food and exceptional entertainment, I had the pleasure of riding in one that represented major swag! The pedicab driver was definitively making a statement with his fly leather fedora and head banging music.
After all of the Root festivities, Danielle from, The Cubicle Chick, and I took to the streets on foot and experienced the very live and historic Gaslamp Quarter for the first time! Which was totally epic, but the one thing that took this entire night to another level was the pedi experience on the way back to Hard Rock. I mean this cab had hanging lights and as we rode through the streets of SD, our driver took us through a time capsule and we ended up in the 80’s, rocking it out to a mixed version of “Ice Ice Baby”! Yessss! That entire experience gave me so much life that I still find myself humming it randomly throughout the day! #ANightToRemember!
Although I was extremely tired from the day’s travel, when we arrived back the hotel, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to wander around a bit. #JustCallMeTheWanderer! In the mist of my wandering I stumbled upon some of the best art, photos and murals ever! It felt like I had died and gone to music heaven! #Wowser!
On the second day of the trip I laid eyes on the all new groundbreaking, game-changing and let’s not forget great-looking 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle. Can you say OMG?!?!!?! If you are looking for an affordable hybrid hatchback that delivers major cargo room, effortless maneuverability, and an elevated stance then this sporty and smart vehicle is the one you need in your life.
This sweet hybrid utility vehicle is powered by a gas-electric hybrid system and is targeted to have a 50 MPG* combined fuel-economy rating when it receives final EPA certification. The Niro’s powertrain is highlighted by an all-new, extremely efficient 1.6L Kappa GDI engine and a smooth-transitioning 6-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission that’s unheard-of among hybrids. It also features UVO-based telematics that help boost fuel economy via the Predictive-Energy Control and Coasting Guide*, as well as lightweight advanced body materials. #Sweet!
As I continue to write this post and think about all of the activities I participated in while with my Kia friends and family I can’t help but feel nostalgic! One karaoke evening, years ago, a friend of mine and I were really bold and decided to rock out to “When Doves Cry” HAHA! I still remember it like it was yesterday! In our minds we were totally gonna kill it, but when reality happen it was totally the opposite! Let’s just say, horrible voices mixed with a few drinks, makes for a totally hilarious and memorable experience!
Now let’s fast forward things to a few weeks ago. On our last night Kia set up this amazing karaoke party! We all got a chance to let our hair down and rock out to some of our favorite music! Danielle and I kept the “Ice Ice Baby” thing going and created our own version! LOL! OMG! All I have to say is BIG Thanks to Danielle! She carried the entire performance. All I really did was sing the chorus and dance!!! HAHA!
Thanks again for everything! You totally ROCK!
Do you guys love to travel as much as I do? If so, what is your favorite place to visit? Inquiring minds want to know!
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*Disclosure: All Hotel and travel services were provided to me for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are 100% my own*