I’ve never been to Chula Vista, and the only reason i know it exists is because it has shown up in my stats every now and then for the last couple of years.
I love some of the names of places in America.
These are some other that show up from time to time, like ‘Wading River’, ‘Apple Valley’, ‘Carlsbad’ and ‘Niceville’. Who’da thought there was a real place called Niceville? No one in my little corner of the world, that’s for sure!
Chula Vista could be as dull as ditchwater for all i know, but it sounds pretty good to me.
I don’t know who in Chula Vista reads my blog and i probably never will, but that isn’t why i’m writing this post anyway. (Though if you are a reader from Chula Vista and have been reading my blog for a while, please leave a comment, i would love to hear from you!)
So why a blog post about a place i have never been to and i’ll probably never visit?
Of course, you should read Karen’s post but i’ll just blurb a little here to say that Karen found a store in Chula Vista that stocks ‘Catholic stuff’.
Of course it’s always great to find a store that sells Catholic stuff…and i am very pleased that Karen got her missal and whatnot….but even that isn’t why i am interested in Chula Vista.
So what then?
Well, Karen got chatting to the store owner and discovered that she came from the Midlands in England, just like me! I love to hear about people from here, emigrating and making a go of their lives in far flung corners of the world (probably because some part of me wishes it was me).
Anyway, i wrote in Karen’s combox that the Midlander probably married an American and hence that was how she came to be in Chula Vista (owning/running a Catholic shop is a dream of mine – though this isn’t a specifically Catholic shop this lady owns)…and Karen said that was an affirmative, the lady had indeed married an American and had upped sticks to go and live in America.
The store is a gem, just like Karen. It even has a room set aside for people who want to pray the rosary – it is said in the store every day at 5pm on every day that the store is open.
How cool is that?