For the past few weeks so many of our contacts in the antibody industry have been asking whether we’re going to Neuroscience 2013, the Society for Neuroscience’s annual conference. The event is in San Diego, and while we’d love to be there it is a long way for us in our very first year of business.

Matt, our very enthusiastic development manager, is really disappointed not to be going, and getting him to put together this great list of things you could do if you have a bit of spare time in San Diego hasn’t really helped!

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So, with no more delay, here are Matt’s top tips on things to do when you need a break from all of the great neuroscience!

If you have just a lunch break…
Don’t miss the San Diego Old Town Trolley. These tours of the Old Town State Park, known as the birthplace of California, take around an hour and are a great way to see all the sights of historical San Diego. Taking in the harbour, seaport village, the Gaslamp Quarter and picturesque views, this is a great way to spend an hour.

If you have a couple of hours…
San Diego zoo and safari park is one of the very best in the world, with over 4000 rare and endangered animals, and 100 acres of land including world-renowned botanical gardens. Baby flamingos, okapi and giraffe are among the zoo’s current inhabitants!

If you have an afternoon…
Head to one of San Diego’s many beautiful beaches. It is currently around 25 degrees centigrade (that’s 77 for you fahrenheit fans) so warm enough to dip your toes and enjoy the views. San Diego has 70 miles of pristine coastline, so you’re going to be spoilt for choice, but a local has tipped us off that iconic Mission Beach or beautiful Coronado are among the best.

If you have all day…
Spend some time exploring Balboa Park – America’s largest urban cultural park. Packed to the brim with museums, plays, musicals, concerts and classes, you’ll not be short of things to do. Start by dropping into the visitor centre for maps, audio guides or even a free guided tour.

And you mustn’t miss…
If you have some extra time, try to visit Torrey Pines State Reserve. The area is a 2000 acre national nature reserve, particularly protecting the Torrey Pine, one of America’s rarest pine trees. The area offers fantastic hiking and bird watching opportunities, and is also home to two of San Diego’s favourite beaches.

So – as Matt is so miserable about not visiting San Diego, can you do us a favour? We have a really lovely Matt-mask. If you’re going to San Diego could you print out the mask and take it with you, and get some pictures of Matt so he can at least pretend he went? Tweet us your pics to @CiteAb and we’ll pop the best up here on our blog!

– The CiteAb Team

P.s. Matt would like to apologise for the poor display of facial hair – it’s Movember you see!