I like to consider myself efficient. I got all my packing done last night and this morning I woke up early and headed down to my mom’s house in Silicon Valley for the harvest at our community vineyard. I figured that harvesting grapes for wine would be a great way to say good-bye to California before moving to London.
Today was a busy day. I started out in Visitacion Valley at a volunteer event with the Spinsters of San Francisco. We had a Halloween-themed event for the kids at Real Options for City Kids (ROCK), the organization we partner with.
It’s starting to hit me that I’m really leaving San Francisco. As excited as I am to move to London, it’s sad to leave home. My boyfriend and I had a going away party the other night at Mauna Loa. It was great to see all of our friends, but sad to say good-bye.
I’ve been running around like crazy this week trying to get everything packed for London, but I want to do a quick post about my trip to Maryland and DC last weekend.
My boyfriend and I headed to DC on Thursday for his 10 year high school reunion in Hollywood, Maryland. We stayed in DC on Thursday night and met up with some of his college buddies at a sports bar in Bethesda. I had a great time listening to stories about all the crazy things they did in college.
Today I went to Berkeley to tour the Scharffen Berger Chocolate Factory. I had passed by the factory a few times before, and my combined love of chocolate and interest in how it is made prompted the visit.
My HSMP approval letter arrived today! I am so excited! Now I have to fill out the Entry Clearance application to get the actual visa in my passport and I’ll be set to head to London.
It’s supposed to only take a day or two to turn around the Entry Clearance, which is good because I already booked a flight to Paris next Sunday. I’m going to visit a friend there for a few days and then finally head to London. I can’t wait!
I’ve been sick for the past few days, so I figure it’s a good time to put up some pictures from all of my recent adventures in San Francisco.
A few weeks ago I was in hiking mode. I spent a day exploring the Marin Headlands, an afternoon finding some new hiking trails in the Presidio with my boyfriend, and another day walking the Coastal Trail from the old Sutro Baths to Land’s End.
At the end of the last hike I decided to head over to Baker Beach since the weather was warm and I hadn’t been there in over a year. It was pretty amazing; so much so that I returned the next day with my bathing suit and a good book.
On Saturday I flew down to San Diego for my brother’s fiancee’s wedding shower. The weather was perfect, and her mother’s friends did an amazing job hosting the shower. They made amazing food, decorated the house with their own wedding dresses, and hung photos of the bride and groom outside on the patio.