Every time I chat to my Mum she asks me what I prefer and miss from my old life, so here goes…
I definitely prefer the weather in SF. It has been really lovely most days since our arrival, comparable to ‘pleasant’ spring/early summer weather in the UK. It is so nice to wake up to blue skies and to wear flip flop’s! We have been told that the summer months can be foggy but then you are only a short drive away from sunnier places, so that is when we plan to do our road trips to places like Napa and Sonoma.
The next thing is where we live. Our building is amazing and has endless facilities from the gym to the sky terrace to the valet parking (I could go on). Everything is brand new and spacious. I love having so many facilities under one roof, we are even getting a restaurant soon from which we will be able to order room service. It is very different to living in a period property in Earlsfield, London, with a tiny garden!
I like the fact that the city is relatively small, I been here just over 5 weeks and can already help tourists with directions. San Francisco is approximately 46.9 sq miles compared to London at 607 sq miles (source Wikipedia). I have been doing lots of walking and exploring which helps.
We are super excited to explore California and the US, the ‘bucket list’ of places has grown so much since the move. Domestic flights are really cheap and easy. In the UK it can be a bit of a mission to get out of the country, where as you can get through the airports much quicker here when you are flying within the US. It is also easy to get out of the city by car as our apartment building is close to the highway.
Now for the things I miss…friends and family are obviously the first thing that comes to mind. When you move to a new place it takes time to meet people and even more time to make genuine friends. I know this from when I made the move from Wales to London many years ago only knowing a few people who lived there. I think it has been easier this time as I have the experience (thinking of all you lovely London friends as I write this). Luckily modern technology makes it super easy to stay in touch!
I also miss grocery shops like Waitrose and Sainsbury’s. In SF we have Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Safeway, which are all good for different things but not where you can do your complete weekly shop. On the plus, we do have a great Farmer’s Market twice weekly very close to where we live.
So there you have it, an initial review of how I feel so far. I wonder if and how it will change, only time will tell?