Unexpectedly, I found myself traveling quite a bit this month. I thought after my travels in Europe earlier this year I wouldn’t travel for awhile, but a lovely friend’s wedding in Taiwan has brought me around the globe once again. In 6 weeks I will have gone to Park City, Utah, San Francisco, Taiwan, and lastly Seoul, Korea. I’m currently writing from my hotel in Taiwan, so my trip is nearly half over.
I came here straight from San Francisco where I spent a majority of my time in Sunset. For those who don’t know, Sunset is the coastal part of San Francisco – about a 40 min train ride out of SF. I’ve never stayed in this part of the city, and to be honest I never knew about the area. I’m a bit shocked that I never knew of this place considering that I lived in the Bay Area for 4 years. It’s quiet, peaceful and far enough from the city to feel like you are away from the hustle and bustle, but close enough to get into the city if you need to go fairly quickly.
One of the highlights of the trip was being able to spend some good, quality time with my closest friends – one of who flew in from New York City. She told us that she was finally moving to Los Angeles in November as she had accepted a job offer that day! It was a celebration to say the least. I love when my favorite people are in the same city – to be honest, I don’t care which city. I just want to be surrounded by the people I love! My goal is to get everyone moved out to LA as soon as possible!
On Sunday I went back to visit my alma mater – UC Berkeley. I hadn’t been there in years and it was nostalgic to say the least. As I sat at FSM (The Free Speech Movement Cafe inside our library) I was surrounded by students preparing for midterms. When I was standing in line for the bathroom a girl ran to her friend and both started talking about how they were so worried about the exam. As they were talking I immediately saw flashbacks of when I was standing in FSM talking about midterms and finals with my friends. It was so strange. As I imagined my past life in this place I looked around and was hit with reality as I saw no one I knew around me. As I sat there, I realized that this was no longer my life and I’d never be able to go back to this place as I had before. It was completely dramatic, but I just wanted to tell all the students to enjoy this time as they’d never be able to come back to Berkeley the way it was now. I really don’t like the feeling of nostalgia as I like to leave my past in the past, and never look back.
I returned back to Sunset and tried to enjoy my last few days with mnm, but I was hit with the flu and a list of other health issues that ended with me going to the doctor. Luckily I’ll be fine, but it was a stressful beginning to my trip to the East to say the least.