We used to wonder what it’d be like living in San Francisco or other metropolitan cities. We unexpectedly landed in San Francisco after our RTW trip, we’re slowly finding out the answers.
Here’s a glimpse of our life in San Francisco in 5 convenient photos.
Living Among the Homeless
Living in San Francisco means living with the homeless. As in, tripping over their prone bodies as you exit your apartment building. You see them all the time and it causes a kaleidoscope of emotions: anger, frustration, sad, hopelessness. You mentally adopt them and start referring to them as ‘your’ homeless guy. These guys in the pictures are fixtures of our neighborhood and I’d feel worried if they disappear all of a sudden.
Living the Food Truck Lifestyle
San Franciscans have a weakness towards food trucks. Especially those with clever names (Curry Up Now, Phat Thai, Seoul on Wheels – get it?) and colorful graphic decals.
We have events such as Off the Grid, a weekly event featuring a collection of food trucks (Think outdoor food courts. With trucks. It’s awesome!) or more permanent food truck stops such as SOMA Streat Food Park (yep, ‘Streat’. Street + Eat, get it?) .
Living With Weird Festivals and Gatherings
With the city being a melting pot of not only cultures, but also lifestyles, there’s a festival for everything.
Folsom St. Festival claims to be the world’s largest leather festival in the world. Held sometime every September, you should check it out if you have a chance. Bring lots of… open mindedness. Not recommended if you can’t stand seeing too many naked people in close proximity to each other.
Critical Mass – Every last Friday of the month, take to the street making a ‘Bikes vs Cars’ statement. Sometimes so many bicyclists show up it causes traffic to back up many blocks long.
Last Friday was a 20 Year Anniversary of Critical Mass. Thousands and thousands of bicyclists took to the streets. Roads were blocked and angry drivers lean on their horns, while bicyclists ride on waving and smiling. For 45 minutes the streets were in gridlock.
I love how the city tolerate these quirky festivals, albeit grudgingly.
Living Among Tourists
Living in San Francisco mean rubbing shoulders with visitors from all over the world. Some will shudder at the thought.
I absolutely love it.
Yes, they have a tendency to make sudden stops in sidewalk. And they’re really, really bad drivers. But they’re so cute with their short shorts (how do you spot the Scandinavians?), flip flops, and their excited blabber. Tourists, being on vacation and all that, are generally a happy bunch of folk. It’s nice to be surrounded by happy people all the time.
It makes me proud living in a city that others are willing to pay a boatload of money to visit.
On a slightly more personal note..
Talking about our life in San Francisco won’t be complete without mentioning our adopted cats. They’re 16 and 11 year old and do nothing more than sleeping and eating.
We love them to death. San Francisco won’t feel like home without them.
BONUS POINT for dog lovers: San Francisco is also one of the most dog-friendly cities. We have corgi meetups, french bulldog meetups, and one source even says that there are more dogs than children here in San Francisco.
So, what’s it like to live in San Francisco? Now that we can call San Francisco our homebase, we can say that… it’s great. But not without caveats. It’s a love and hate relationship. “Oh San Francisco, I wish I knew how to quit you”.
Living in San Francisco means never having to go to the same restaurant twice. Ever. It means painfully high rent. It means never knowing if a parking spot is really legal. It means doing the happy dance when it turns out that it is and your car is still there the next day (and with its windows intact). It means not having to try too hard to convince your friends to come visit. It means going on epic weekend roadtrips.
Many say San Francisco is the best city in the world. I wasn’t so sure about that when we first arrived. But lately, each time we come home from an out-of-town trip and catch the view of SF’s skyline – I feel a sense of belonging.
We should feel so lucky to live here.
Really captured the city, great post!
I've always wanted to live in SF for some reason, so this is a great post to read. I would especially love the food trucks I think! Thanks for sharing.
I loved this! I was only in San Francisco for a short time, but it really is one of the greatest cities I have had the pleasure to visit. Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂
Just found your blog and really finding your writing and down-to-earth style inspiring! We're about to go to San Francisco for vacation in a week and your post reminded me how much I love the city (we've been many times). Thanks for sharing your perspective of living in one of my favorite cities. 🙂
What a fantastic little slice and glimpse about living in San Francisco. One day, when I'm location independent (the dreeeaaam) I would love to live in San Fran for at least a few months. That would be awesome 🙂 Great write up!
I fell in love with San Francisco, and I fell in love *in* San Francisco.
I was recently in San Francisco and instantly fell in love with the city I hope to live there one day.
Hey does this mean you have to get a real job because you're sort of settling in one spot?
It's 100% my favorite city in the world. I've been wanting to live there since I was 9 years old and hopefully that dream will come true some day.
Your post makes me miss the city so much! Can't wait to get back. The SF food truck scene is awesome. 😀
I did leave my heart in San Francisco many years ago. I'd love to return some days.
Thanks for sharing what life is like there guys. Looks like a fun & eclectic city. 🙂
Your cats look like they are living a pretty good life too! I was in San Francisco once about 15 years ago, so while I can't remember much, I do remember having a good time there. Glad you are settled and calling SF homebase!
Settled for now and already getting the itch to travel again 🙂 But there are definitely worse places to have as a homebase.
Reminds me of when I lived in downtown Seattle. A lot of 'darkness' to deal with (homelessness, drugs, etc…) but so much more light from the festivals, food choices and mix of cultures.
I lived in SF for a few years before I met my husband. The city holds a special place in my heart and I can relate on so many levels. I love thecrazy festivals with naked people, the homeless people u see on a daily basis. Ah the memories! BTW we had a cat that lived to 19.
I guess there is a considerable number of Indonesians living in San Francisco. For me, SF is one of the cities I really want to go in the States (trailing only NYC!). By the way, you have such cute cats!
Well, thank you. We think they're pretty cute too 🙂
SF is still one of my favorite cities I've visited. There's just so much to do.
I haven't been to San Francisco since I was four years old and we lived in Monterey, but I have a few friends living there and they all love it. Hopefully I'll get a chance to visit soon.
And you have a 16 year old cat?!? That seems incredibly old.
Oh yeah, she doesn't do much other than sleeping nowadays. Still cute though.
Los Angeles was this town for us. It had the homeless, great restaurants, wacky festivals and buses of tourists. We enjoyed our time while there but have moved on, carrying fond memories with us. Enjoy SF!
Been in Frisco two times. Cant wait to see Golden Gates again. Yes, homeless are in downtown… But Frisco's charm is unforgettable.
Very cool post!!! Makes me want to live there. Will you stay for a while or do you have some long term travel plans?
We'll be here for at least 6 more months – then we don't know.