I have spent a lot of time living and working overseas. I never realized before that all of my prior experiences abroad were short-term jaunts that never required me to put down roots. I floated over to Nice and Prague to study and play, gallivanted through Paris and Brussels for fun summer internships, and went on exciting vacations that never caused any more pain than a few “foreign fee” charges on my credit card or bank statement.
My brother got married on Saturday! I may be a bit biased, but it was the most amazing wedding I’ve ever been to. The ceremony was beautiful and I’ve never seen two people more in love than my brother and his wife. I even saw my brother cry for the first time ever! I couldn’t stop smiling, and it was so great to see how happy they were.
We got a flat today! It’s one of the ones I looked at yesterday in Hampstead. I took my boyfriend back this afternoon and he liked it so we put an offer on it and the landlady accepted. It’s so nice to have that process finished, and I feel very fortunate that it only took a few days.
I’ve been living out of a suitcase for almost two weeks now, and I’m itching to find a place to live. The flat hunt started out on a discouraging note; every time I saw a place that I liked online, the agent on the phone would tell me that it had “just gone.”
My week in Paris went by in a wonderful blur of crepes and croque monsieurs, Marais and Montmartre, fondue and falafel, and just about every other wonderful thing about the city of lights. My friend and I explored areas of Paris we hadn’t previously visited, including the Montmartre vineyard, a great farmer’s market near Bastille, and a beautiful park in the 17th.
It’s a cold morning in Paris. I’m sitting in the Place des Vosges taking advantage of the city’s free Wi-Fi network and feeling rather embarrassed that the French got a city-wide Wi-Fi network up and running before San Francisco! That aside, I’m loving that I can sit in one of my favorite parks and be on the internet at the same time.
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.