Since moving to the Bay Area six months ago, I get asked the same question all the time – how do you like it here? While I think people sometimes seem surprised by my answer, I truly love it here. The weather is wonderful, the landscape is gorgeous, there’s tons of delicious food, lots of culture and diversity, and of course, the love of my life. The only things that are really missing are my friends and family.
While I’m slowly making new friends and have had some great “girl time” here, there’s nothing quite like the friend who gave you her white chocolate raspberry cheesecake while you were crying alone in bed on a Friday night in college (for goodness knows what reason); or the one who cleaned up your cuts and scrapes after slipping on some ice on the way home from a college party (I still blame the ice); or the one you shared a Manhattan apartment with, where the only thing dividing your kitchen and makeshift living room, was a sheer curtain.
I have to say, I’ve been truly lucky to have three of my close girl friends visit California for one reason or another over the last six months, the most recent of which was on Friday. Last week, one of my dear friends from college decided to escape from Manhattan for a few days to San Francisco. I picked her up in the city on Friday and we drove up to Muir Woods, which was quite an adventure. After meandering through the glorious redwood forest, we stopped before our trail turned into a hill and headed to Sausalito for lunch on the bay. It couldn’t have been a more gorgeous day.
After spending a great day with my college friend, I came home to my cute little kitten and awesome fiancé, but the day wasn’t over yet. For dinner we decided to check out Moveable Feast, a gathering of local food trucks. After finishing our dinner from The Chairman Truck and Curry Up Now, we headed over to Treatbot for dessert. While pondering the selection I heard someone in the crowd call my name and turned to realize it was one of the girls I met through Bay Area Brides to Be , along with her fiancé. We chatted a bit about upcoming travels, tikka masala burritos and the nasty cold that’s going around, before Chris and I headed home with horchata ice cream and an embarrassing amount of leftovers.
The next morning I was feeling quite reflective, and couldn’t have been happier about the day before. It was one of those days where it felt like everything was exactly how it should be. My old friends will always be there, my new social circle is expanding, and I’m settling into life here with my fiancé.