For years, I’ve had an unhealthy obsession with San Francisco. The city is unbelievably gorgeous with iconic bridges, water views, and European cityscapes.
The food is top notch with a small population serving up a diverse mix of cuisine ranging from Peruvian to Burmese and everything in between. (I must admit that the barbecue and soul food in San Francisco is very disappointing and requires me to go home to Chicago to get that fix.) The people are interesting and there are social activities (museums, plays, clubs, bars, etc.) to keep you occupied.
Ok…enough gushing about SF. My biggest complaint about San Francisco was the weather…it sucks! On any given day, it could be 10 degrees warmer. Even on the warm days, you’re chasing the sun to really enjoy it. San Francisco rarely gets a real summer and NEVER gets summer nights. I can count on my hands the number of times in 10 years that I left the house without bringing a jacket.
So while I still miss San Francisco for a variety of reasons, I am in heaven right now in Los Angeles. We actually get a summer and summer nights! I’ve worn shorts for the first time in 10 years (not sure this is a good thing). I have sundresses that I just don’t wear when I’m on vacation. It’s all very new and exciting for me. I’m not sure how long this weather will last so I’m trying to enjoy it as much as possible.
So I guess I’ll deal with the smog and traffic if I can continue to enjoy this type of weather. I think people tend to discount how much having the sun on your face improves your mood. Even on a bad day here, I still feel lucky to live in a place with amazing weather and usually perk up a little.
Hope you’re enjoying your summer!
**The pictures of San Francisco were taken by my good friend and fantastic photographer Idris.**