Oh, it finally happened – my first real pang of homesickness for San Francisco. It happened while reading a Serious Eats post about a hamburger served on a doughnut, of all things. This is something I would never, ever eat, and honestly the restaurant sounds super-gimmicky, but I still clicked into the map to see where it was located (Hayes Valley), and as my eyes explored the familiar map I got a sense of, well, homesickness. I think that this is kind of like when watching The Wire made me homesick for Maryland – I don’t miss living in a city with a carnival-themed restaurant, but I miss that neighborhood, and the friends who lived there, and the neighborhood near it, and the walk to there from my old neighborhood, and so on…
I think that some of this homesickness is also coming because I’m about to go into the next phase of this move – it’s now TWO DAYS before I get to move into my new apartment and start Cambridge life properly – and it has me reflecting on this whole experience thus far.
But while I sit back and reflect on my journey, I can say that it has made me all the more appreciative of the life-altering journeys that friends of mine are embarking on, and extra-more appreciative of those who are sharing their experiences with the world.
For example, my first non-Colleen (or Colleen-adjacent) friend in Boston, Laura, moved here from London last fall, and has been exploring this city and getting used to the charms (sometimes “charms”) of American life. You can follow her travels at BeanBoston
Then there’s my friend from Chicago, Kate, who quit her web job and traded in life in the big city to go to Thailand and teach English to kids. It’s been awesome to read her experiences in a culture so vastly different from our own (and surprising to see some of the similarities she has found!). Read about her experiences at KatesThaiPad
And finally, another friend from Chicago, Kathryn, is expecting her first child in November. It’s fair to say that while it isn’t as big in terms of mileage as the rest of ours, hers is certainly the biggest journey of them all. Follow Kathryn, her husband, and child to-be-named-later at LittleBitsBlog
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention some great blogs about the smaller adventures that make up life. If you’re hungry, you should check out Colleen’s food blog, CulinaryColleen.com. It has tons of recipes ranging from every day healthy fare (lots of vegetarian dishes!) to special occasion meals. It also has a lot of restaurant reviews from her travels all around the country. For help dealing with a bad restaurant review, people might want to take a look at my (psychologist) mother’s blog about dealing with anger by understanding where anger stems from, Got-Wolf.com. If you want to work out that anger in the gym, check out high school friend Brie’s blog, RecipeForABeautifulLife. She’ll also give you great tips on what to wear to dinner!
So whether it’s relocating our homes to opposite ends of the world, or welcoming a new life into the home we already have, or just trying to figure out what to eat for dinner, it’s great to be able to follow along while friends reflect on their adventures, and I can’t wait to see where we all go from here!