Wednesday, June 6, 2012

week #1

The past several days have flown by. I cannot believe I've been in the city for a week already. So much has happened and I'm excited to see what's to come. 
I spent the first few days finding my way around the city, mostly getting lost. 
Here are some snap shots of what I've found, enjoyed, and savored. 

the cutest homes
sweet lavender shortbread cookies at Miette in the Ferry Building 

blue bottle coffee 

organic donuts on National Donut Day 

the General Store

$1 bubble tea in my neighborhood 

free samples 

In regards to "keeping things simple" I'm not sure I'm succeeding. The city feels like a financial vacuum where time and money just get sucked away. I've found a few tips that have helped me save time and money but the food, coffee, and travel fares add up quickly. 

Some common lessons I'm learning: 
1. layer, layer, layer: the weather here is constantly changing depending on the area and time of day. I've found it helpful to carry a denim jacket, leather jacket, or trench coat with me before I leave for the day. Invest in key pieces that will go with as much as possible. 

2. find free samples and order hot water: my grocery budget is not too impressive so I'm finding ways to stretch it when I can. I've indulged in some treats here and there, but I've found some tasty bakeries and cafes that give out free samples and let me order hot water for my own tea bags. 

3. ditch public transportation, your gym membership and GPS,  and throw on some heals: I've found the best workout for my legs and glutes-- getting lost in the city with a cute pair of heals. Not only am I forcing myself to know the city streets faster, I'm getting a great scenic workout (an a few blisters) in the time being. I'd like to think that I thought of this before the fact, but this "tip" came out of desperate necessity on one of my first days. 

4. make new friends, they won't bite: I've had a blast getting to know so many people here in the city. It helps being connected with a church (Reality SF shout out!) and pushing myself to go out even when staying in my pj's sounds a little better. 

5. keep trying new things: there is constantly something going on here, and I've enjoyed pushing myself to experience new atmospheres, foods, and people. Taco night with friends, literature readings, art walks, drinks, interviews, they never end! It's so much fun finding out what this city has to discover. 

I've made it past my first week in a new city and can't wait for more to follow. 


  1. Welcome to SF! Funny, General Store is around the corner from my house. I hope you are enjoying it thus far...despite the crappy weather, you will fall in love with this place.



  2. ohhh love the photos! enjoy!

  3. Great overview of your first week. Sounds like you are quickly learning the real city, not just the famous tourist spots. Good for you. keep the news and photos coming.

  4. Great feeling of the city as locals see it. Keep up the photos and comments

  5. nice blog.