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Final Days in San Francisco

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
The Conservatory of Flowers

The Conservatory of Flowers

After calling San Francisco home for exactly 5 years and 2 weeks, Nik and I left the Pacific Coast City by the Bay for the final time on Saturday, February 21st, 2015. We moved there during the low upswing of the Great Recession which made finding work difficult but finding an affordable apartment in the (currently) most expensive city in our country easy. For that, I am grateful.

Picnic in the Park

Picnic in the Park

Nik selling the scooter

Nik selling the scooter

I’m going to miss…

  • The year-long spring
  • Driving the Vespa through the city and along the coast
  • California Family, Friends, Coworkers and Clients
  • Opportunities to camp in every direction
  • The Pacific Ocean
  • Sunsets over the Pacific Ocean
  • Karl the Fog blanketing the city
  • Everyone having an idea to start a business, and the gumption to do it
  • Free and amazing panoramic views from every hilltop
  • Walking less than 10 minutes north to The Presidio, 5 minutes south to Golden Gate Park, and 25 minutes west to Ocean Beach
  • A grocery store at the corner of our street
  • The best Asian food in the US
  • Pizzetta 211…our favorite little restaurant
  • Wine made with grapes grown less than 30 minutes away
  • Friends from near and far wanting to, and sometimes actually, visiting
Walking away from our beloved apartment

Walking away from our beloved apartment

Flying away for the final time

Flying away for the final time

This is Happening

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
The Coastal Trail

From The Coastal Trail

This is happening. This is really happening. For a couple years I didn’t think it would, but it is. It is really happening.

Nik and I are giving ourselves the gift of time. Time to travel. Time to be together. Time to see the world. Time to wander. Time to do nothing. Time to dream.

To prepare, we are giving away a few items, selling a few items, and packing the rest into cardboard. We are leaving our jobs, saying goodbye to the friends we have made, saying a brief hello to our families, and then jet setting to the European continent.

We have found the perfect bags and picked out which shoes we want to wear while walking along cobblestones. We have our passports renewed, and international drivers permits in hand. We have credit cards that won’t charge us $$ to use them, and we have a plan for our cell phones. We have our cameras and our computers, and our websites have been refreshed.

We have a route we think we want to take, a few dates we want to have with friends and family along the way, and our first month of accommodations and transportation arranged. We will figure the rest out later.

We do not know where we will live once it is time to live somewhere, and that is one of my favorite parts. We will be traveling without the burden of home, but with the dream of a home. I am certain that we will have a slightly different perspective on life once we get back, so there is no point in making a decision that will impact our lives for the next 5-10 years now.

We are also taking advantage of our last few weeks in San Francisco. We are going on our favorite hikes, eating at our favorite restaurants, and seeing our favorite people. I am thinking a lot about what I have accomplished here, and it is quite a bit. San Francisco has been good to me, and I am grateful for that. But I am also grateful to know that it is time to go.

Crissy Field

From Crissy Field

From the Golden Gate Bridge

From the Golden Gate Bridge


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