April 5, 2009

Destination living: San Francisco

No one likes to move. Traveling is one thing but packing up and moving your home base is another. Having done this in a big way when living abroad as an expatriate was a huge learning experience. You are required to let go of certain feelings of possession and you are forced to realize that certain items do not belong in certain countries.

On the positive side, uprooting yourself can be incredibly liberating and stimulating. You can build on your confidence, and dust off strengths long forgotten. Letting go of routines and adopting a more universal or global citizenship is very empowering. Depending on where you land, learning to live in smaller spaces or within unique parameters is also energizing - a sort of return to college life and living simply.

We had to move recently and after weeks of stress and anxiety, discovered a wonderful short term home in the Presidio of San Francisco. (Presidio translates to Garrison or Fortress) This land was home to the Ohlone people before the Spanish arrived...
The Spanish arrived in 1776 to establish the northernmost outpost of their empire in western North America. The Presidio then fell under Mexican rule for 24 years before the U.S. Army took control of it in 1846. Over 148 years, the U.S. Army transformed the Presidio grounds from mostly empty windswept dunes and scrub to a verdant, preeminent military post.

Now we are living in a wonderful place that reminds one of any vacation destination rental! San Francisco really is a beautiful city and amazing place that is a lovely reminder that one doesn't always have to get in a car, a train or plane to experience history and mother nature.


  1. San Fran is a nice place to land. Good luck with the move.

  2. This is where you live now? Sigh....why can't Seoul have havens like this? Nice spot!

  3. Thanks for the housewarming - long distance-style.

    We have no complaints. Expect to see some photos in this space. Like in Venice, Italy, today we couldn't take a bad photo.


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