Each year, the Ahlers Center welcomes international short-term scholars and researchers to the University of San Diego campus. Such visitors contribute to the Center’s vision of creating dynamic and globally robust environments in and out of the classroom. These scholars collaborate with USD faculty on various research projects and support the faculty in their academic endeavors.
We are delighted to have visiting researcher Katrin Kandlbinder with us for the current spring 2017 term. Katrin is a doctoral candidate at the International Real Estate Business School of the University of Regensburg in Germany. Working with USD’s Dr. Norm Miller, Katrin is conducting joint research on the United States housing market and how information efficiency affects real estate markets over time. She will be presenting her findings, alongside Dr. Miller, at the upcoming American Real Estate Society conference in April. We had an opportunity to sit down with Katrin to see how she has enjoyed her new home city of San Diego.
What has been your favorite experience in San Diego thus far?
I enjoy the weather, walking along the beach and especially the people. Everyone in San Diego has been so friendly and I have found it really easy to make friends. People are very willing to meet you and take the time to get to know you here. I have been very impressed with how willing people are to help strangers.
What is one thing about San Diego that you found surprising?
I think the public transportation system could be improved. I was surprised, for a city this large, that the public transportation is not more efficient. Everyone here has a car. And a dog! It seems that everyone in San Diego owns at least one dog.
What do you think you will miss most about San Diego when you return to Germany in April?
I will miss the weather, the ocean, and the open mindedness of the people.
Where are you living in San Diego?
I have an apartment in Little Italy which I love. The neighborhood is wonderful with plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and activities right outside my door. I joined a yoga studio close to my apartment and every Saturday I shop at the Little Italy farmers market.
What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy yoga, visiting friends, and swimming. I play the saxophone and I also take voice lessons. So I love music!
What is something that you tried for the first time in your life in San Diego?
Clam chowder. Wow, it’s great!
What is something you have not yet tried in San Diego but hope to do before you leave?
I would love to try to surf. I am waiting for the weather to be a bit warmer and then I plan to try to surf for the first time.