I think I probably could have been in any other major metropolitan area and had a wonderful time– but I’m certainly glad I wasn’t. Even with the rain and fog, I managed to find plenty to do, and they didn’t dampen my spirits one bit. I loved the peace and quiet of solitude– more time alone than I’ve spent in years. It is so important to have time alone. I’ve never really felt the need until recently, when I crave it so much, looking to eek it out of my 24 hours, sometimes far too late into the night, regretting instantly in the morning.
I didn’t set out with a plan for my trip. I did not buy advance tickets to anything. I did not want to be on a timetable– I wanted to be free to do whatever I pleased– if that meant watching the street artist create for thirty minutes, then that’s what I was going to do. ( I did.)
The day I arrived, my friend picked my up and we went to her home. It is beautiful, in a fantastic area of the city, and has amazing views. After dropping off my things we headed to The Mission. There was so much to see– so many layers to this amazing neighborhood– the afternoon went too quickly and we didn’t spend nearly enough time here. But, I really enjoyed seeing the amazing graffiti art on the walls of the buildings here. Particularly The Women’s Building. It is so colorful and vibrant– it is clear from the outside that good things happen here because of good people. We stopped into the Bi-Rite Market, quite possibly the most sensory experience I’ve come across ever. It is a work of art. I also really loved the shop Paxton Gate and (though I could do without the taxidermy) loved the displays of succulents, air plants, and the unicorn. Yes, unicorn. With all the sightseeing and touring I did, the only purchase I made that wasn’t food or alcohol related was at Aggregate Supply, where I bought an adorable little cotton dress that is perfect for running around my kids and being the not-on-vacation version of myself. Final stop: Herbivore
a great little place for vegetarian/vegan food. I really loved it! I had a curry– always a favorite of mine!
As I wrap-up my Day 1 post, I ought to share that I’ve struggled with posting my spending on here regarding this trip- partly why I’ve taken so long to post about it too– because, every person’s road to happiness and having a “full-tank” is different. I spent little money on actual activities, but spent an inordinate amount of money to eat at nice restaurants where the food comes out plated all perfectly. Places one would never dream of taking young children. For me, that was bliss. The entire trip, doing things I wouldn’t normally be able to do at home, even something as simple as reading on my Kindle in the coffee shop, was a total treat. And for the most part, it’s those small things that I relished. But I do love wine.
To this end, my trip in June skewed our budget greatly. But, in the face of honesty, ( I can’t call myself a personal finance blogger if I don’t ‘fess up) my eating out spending came to about $130/day, with the exception being on Day One.
Total Spend on Day One: $20 in coffees/snacks at airports , $120 dress. (Lunch tab, picked up by friend.)