I am so glad to be back in the city!
Last weekend was our first weekend back and it reminded me very clearly of how much I missed and how much I love San Francisco. It was a wonderful weekend spent walking around our new neighborhood in the Dogpatch, enjoying breakfast at a café, playing ball with Stanford in the park and then running down the Embarcadero later that day. I really missed the city a lot, I realized. And I am so excited to be back!
I first moved to the city four years ago and was instantly smitten by its charm. I have always wanted to live in San Francisco and even though my job was in Silicon Valley I chose to live in the city and brave the long commute. Last year, however, I joined a start-up company further down south, which meant an even longer commute. We decided to leave and move down to San Jose. We left with a heavy heart but it did not take long for us to realize that San Francisco is our real home. After ten utterly uninspiring months, we have returned.
I love San Francisco.
I love that the city is where Dennis and I met, where we fell in love and where we adopted our adorable red corgi, Stanford. We rescued him from a shelter in Utah and drove him through the Sierras back to San Francisco.
I love that the city is where I ran my first marathon. I can still remember that early Sunday morning when I crossed the Golden Gate Bridge blanketed in fog. It was truly amazing! I never thought of myself as being athletic but I have been hooked on running ever since.
I love that the city is wonderfully walkable. I love walking up and down the hills around Union Square and Dolores Park. Those hills are never too daunting. I love walking to the train station, to the grocery store, to the bookstore, to the coffee shop and to almost everywhere. I love walking Stanford in the early morning when it is cool and quiet outside, my corgi in one hand and my cup of coffee in the other.
I love that the city is a gracious host to film and theater. I love seeing old films at the Castro Theater, from old musicals like Kiss Me Kate and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas to classic Alfred Hitchcock thrillers. I love that my all-time favorite Wicked first played in the city before captivating Broadway.
I love that the city is foodie-friendly. I love Sunday brunches at Dottie’s, Brenda’s and Town’s End. Fried chicken at Town Hall and Hard Knox Cafe. French at Chapeau and Fringale. And tasty treats at Bi-Rite Ice Cream, Hot Cookie and Happy Donut, where it’s never too late for a quick sugar fix.
I love that the city is a photographer’s paradise. I love its cool and interesting neighborhoods, each with its own character and charm. I love its cool and good-looking people, too.
I am so glad to be back in the city. There is so much to explore and so much to discover. There is definitely no place like home.
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