I’ve been in San Francisco for a little over a year now. The time has flown by and little by little this city has grown to be a part of me. I truly love it here. That’s not to say that everything is perfect. I pay more to rent a small apartment (with no working oven or heat and a landlord that doesn’t speak English and refuses to communicate with me) than my mom pays for her mortgage on a 4 bedroom, multi-story house. So, it would be pretty difficult to settle down here long term. This city also has more than its fair share of crazies. It would take a lot to surprise me at this point in time. Despite all that, there are so many things that I love…
-Saturday afternoons picnicking in Washington Square Park and people watching
-Warm days with the windows open in my apartment, listening to the banjo player play from his porch across the street
-Wine tasting in Russian River Valley and watching the vineyards change with the seasons
-Walking to the local boulangerie to get authentic French fruit tarts whenever my heart desires.
-Road trips down the coast checking out beaches
-Getting some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had from the original Swensons (est. 1948) just a short walk from my apartment
-Eating lunch on weekdays, sitting in the grass and overlooking the bay
-Bonfires & sunsets on ocean beach
-Stopping by the local corner grocery store (Le Beaux) to pick up everything from milk to chocolate covered goji berries from the Himalayas
-Watching the fog roll in and blanket the hills
-Riding a cable car home at night and talking to the drivers
-Listening to the Er-hu players on the sidewalks of China Town which make fighting your way through the masses of people shopping with their little pink bags all worth it
-Meeting people randomly on the bus, on the street, wherever
-Going to the farmer’s market at the Ferry Building on Saturday morning and sampling all the fresh, local, organic fare.
-Never running out of new amazing restaurants to try every few weeks
-Going in weird China Town stores and trying to guess what things are. I think I saw a deer tail on sale for $300. I’m really not sure what you do with that.
-Watching the old school roller skating dancers in golden gate park on Sundays
-Going to all the parades & music festivals during the summer
-Hiking in Muir woods
-Wandering the Sutro baths and the nearby cliffs
-and much more…
I’d definitely recommend a visit!
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