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I’m back! Okay well not back per se, but I did start a new job and I was just getting used to the flow of things. Since most of my 2012 and 2013 was spent traveling, I sort of romanticized what a regular, everyday life would be like.

No more rushing out to the sounds of motorbikes, heavily smogged air, crushing traffic and ridiculous strong Vietnamese coffee. No more playing pretend photographer up and down the Champs-Élysées while drinking even more coffee. No more frigid cold Sundays spent gazing out onto the Baltic sea, trying everything pickled and learning to love tea. (See I can switch it up!)

So when I finally returned to the states and decided to stay put for awhile, I was sure I’d be miserable and hate life. How can this everyday compete with my gallivanting around the world solo like a grown-up Dora the Explorer? Well, it turns out, the same way I enjoyed my life abroad was the way I’ve begun to enjoy my life at home. By appreciating the little things.

So here’s my list of 10 things I love about my SF commute!

  • I can BART into the city!

I easily save 30 minutes or more by not taking a car, plus I feel like I earn invisible earth points every time I spare the air. My conscience does a happy dance. 🙂

  • There is always someone playing amazing music on my commute to/from home at the Montgomery St. station

Always. And I love it. I need to start carrying dollar bills with me because they really do make me smile. Music is a fantastic way to improve your mood.

  • 7-11 makes donuts that are just as good as Krispy Kreme.

Not. Even. Joking. In the morning the donuts are so fresh and so soft and so warm. I’m tempted to not to even write this in fear others will discover their yummy goodness. LOL.

  • Lunch w/ city friends doesn’t need to be planned in advance.

I love being able to ask someone to lunch and meet them 30 min. later.

  • I live in the East Bay. Cheaper = More $$ for fun stuff!

This needs no explanation. Although I was honestly bummed at first to have to move out of SF, the amount of money I save is awesome. I get to do more trips and buy more stuff. hehe!

  • I can dressed based on my mood, rather than the climate.

Although SF can be rainy, it certainly doesn’t have the weather patterns of Western Europe or Southeast Asia. I can pretty much wear the same things, all the time. The lazy pooh bear in me is smiling.

  • Sleep, glorious train sleep!

In the mornings. It’s quiet and we’re all napping together. 🙂

  • Starbucks and Peet’s fight for my love!

Okay so maybe they don’t fight over me, but I like to imagine that they do. The barista’s around my office really try to get to know you. They smile when I come in and I can’t help but smile back. Friendliness is infectious!

  • 30min. train rides beat 2 hr flights any day.


  • Visiting with family and friends is no longer restricted to Skype and FaceTime.

And this is the best. I think my family thought I didn’t exist anymore. I loved my spa time with my mom and birthday parties with my BF’s niece. I missed out on all the little everyday things and being back means I get to experience all of it again.


And I love it!