I looked disaffected on the BART (public transport).
I braved a hippy-dippy grocery store where noses were turned up for me for buying the non-organic bananas.
I joined an overpriced, overcrowded gym full of yuppies and rude people.
I started a job at a tech company.
Am I a San Franciscan yet??
(Short answer: NO WAY.)
So, It’s only Tuesday and I feel like it’s Thursday night! This real world stuff will take some getting used to–nevermind that I also have to wake up at like, 5AM tomorrow (we’ll see if THAT happens) to run. I missed my first marathon training run today (GASP!) because I had enough to worry about with my first day of work and my first commute besides waking up like two hours earlier. I think (hope?) my body forgives me. I. Will. Run. Tomorrow. (If I write that on the blog, will it make it happen??)
So I really appreciated the fun comments I got on my first edition of Thailand Tuesday, but that (one-post-deep) series is temporarily suspended today because, as I risk falling asleep at the desk, I wanted to catch you guys up on my first few days of Life Part Two. Okay, so it’s probably actually like part seventeen and a half or something, but who’s really counting?
Speaking of catching up: I am behind on your blogs. Forgive me. I have to get through a few more days of adjusting to a new schedule and an eeon test or two and then I’ll get caught back up, I promise.
I moved down to Berkeley on Sunday night as I mentioned in my wordy and overly reflective post (per usual on this blog, right?) and then yesterday, my sister and I took a trip into the city to explore slash get me a little more acquainted.
We started off visiting an architectural site (read: a parking lot. This is what a pair of untrained eyes sees. My sister sees ART. Seriously.) so Caitlin could take pictures. She’s in a Masters’ program at Berkeley for Architecture and totally kicks ass at everything she does, even if my mother and I don’t understand one bit of it. After that, we checked out some apartments and got well acquainted with the bus system. Two dollars a ride adds up, man. Ouch. My wallet hurts.
We headed down to the Haight-Ashbury district to check out an apartment I’m hoping to beg my way into and grab some grub. We ended up going to a place called People’s Cafe where I somewhat blindly chose the vegetarian Huevos Rancheros. It hit the spot, but at that point of the day a large stack of low-quality napkins would have, too, so I can’t make any claims about the deliciousness of the food, but it was decent.
Why so hungry? Well, the cool thing about SF is that it’s really walkable in certain areas IF the weather cooperates and you have time (and comfy shoes). I wore a pedometer for the majority of the day just out of curiosity, and without making any strong effort to walk, we walked almost 23,000 steps (not counting the whole day, either.) I’m pretty sure that’s 11 or 12 miles. No matter which way you look at it, that “counts.” It was a nice day, so the walking was fun minus going DOWN stairs, when Sunday morning’s solo half-marathon came back to haunt me in my quads. Owieeee.
We took a nice long stroll through the Panhandle and then into Golden Gate Park. It was GORGEOUS. It was a Monday holiday and if I’d tried to count the runners, it would have been solidly in the three figures. (Note to self: live near Golden Gate Park.) We passed through some of the popular areas, including the Flower Conservatory, the Academy of Sciences, the de Young Museum, and the Japanese Tea garden (we could only look at some of the pagodas from over the fence, but hey, it’s all good.)
Walking PAST all of the attractions without going in and paying because most of them were closed and I’m poor? SF style, baby. Actually that’s a lie. Some people spend money here like nobody’s business.
We headed to the Richmond district for dinner, not until we’d stopped at Green Apple Bookstore and I bought a gently used copy of Cooking Light’s How to Cook Vegetarian for half-price. Then we waited outside in the cold (it’s allegedly going to SNOW in SF on Thursday… I’m skeptical… and hoping that’s a lie) to eat at one of the neighborhood’s most popular restaurants, Burma Superstar. It’s famous for its Tea Leaf Salad which has a ton of ingredients, the most famous being the fermented tea leaves allegedly from Burma.
I expected this to have a strong and bitter taste but it didn’t, I mostly just tasted the many varieties of nuts, but it was really good.
We also split potato curry, vegetable samousas, and coconut rice.Sorry for the gross pictures; it was dark and freezing in there. Not sure how the cold affects the photos, but just trust me.
I also got a Thai Iced Tea for old time’s sake. (Hey, does that count towards Thailand Tuesday??)
Today I woke up bright and early to take the train over to the city for work. It was a good day and I’m really excited about my job. Definitely going to be a challenge, but I’m looking forward to it.
I had Thai food for lunch. Okay, maybe it really is Thailand Tuesday. Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of my tofu. Sorry I’m not sorry.
I didn’t get home til well after 8 (not cool!) because after commuting back I needed to grab some ingredients from the store which took way longer than expected. Thanks to Berkeley’s crazy traffic laws and signs and streets, I also probably committed a gross number of egregious violations just trying to buy some sugar. Praying no tickets arrive in the mail. Yikes.
I hope that the flourless peanut butter cookies I made taste decent.
My title of this post is a joke, but at the same time, it’s cool being super new to a place, and wondering how long it takes to “know” it. It’s a HUGE process, and it’s kind of daunting being new, but also exciting. Nailing down an apartment in a cool part of town will help let me put down roots. Some day, I’ll be a San Franciscan. A San Franciscoite. A Sanfranciscatonian. Or -torian. That might be my favorite.
Okay, after that sentence…it’s bed time.
I joined 24-Hour Fitness today, bought a coupon for two months of unlimited Bikram yoga for $40 (I already miss it after taking six classes last week!) and am supposedly training for a marathon–one full day of sitting on my butt is enough. Must run. But waking up in five hours… shoot me. We’ll just, um, see what happens.
Stay tuned for a giveaway tomorrow or Thursday at the latest!
What makes your city unique? What’s your favorite thing about where you live?