It was another beautiful day in San Francisco. In fact, I think it actually broke 65° in the city.
I met up with my old housemate Maggie to practice some more photography. I was so late that morning, I remember. North Beach is located at the top of some annoying hills, and I live at the bottom of them. I had two choices – ride my bike or walk with ample time, but I was too lazy to ride my bike. So I started on foot, quickly realizing I was running very, very late. I tried to hop onto the cable car at the Powell St. turnaround and that took forever- it was Saturday, too many tourists, what was I thinking.
I hadn’t seen Maggie in a while, we had some conflict more or less in the past. It was nice to see her and tell her that I was over whatever it was I was mad about, and that at the end of the day, she has always been a good friend and listener. It’s hard to come by meaningful friendships as an adult, especially when you are in a serious relationship, so this day for me was growth. I’ve found that I’ve perfected (well, have gotten used to) the art of solving conflicts with a lover and dealing with the emotions around that. But navigating and defining friendships as a women in my late 20’s is new territory for me. To Alex Trebek I say: What is friendships?
Hole in the Wall Coffee (HITW), located on Union st. just above Washington Square Park, is the quintessential North Beach experience. It is literally a hole in the wall smashed in between your typical North Beach apartment buildings. The woman working there noticed the camera, turns out she is a Minnolta fan herself. She told us about her art gallery a block up on Grant street. After we grabbed our (2nd) coffee, we walked over and checked out her work. What a beautiful spirit she was, the Hole in the Wall Coffee was such a cool little glimpse into this woman’s artistic, city life. Loved it.
Not a lot of people know about the bocce ball courts at the Embarcaderro! This is a favorite spot of ours when we want to enjoy the nice weather and don’t necessarily want to spend too much money to be a part of the city buzz. We picked up a set at a garage sale and it has served to be one of the best purchases we ever made. It’s located right across the Ferry Building @ 10 Market St. 94105 , bocce balls not included.
Other notable bocce ball courts with balls included are:
It’s happy hour in the city, and the weather is great. Where should you go? Jones Bar located at the base of Nob Hill, 620 Jones street. With a great patio that sits above the street, you can enjoy a rooftop-like scene in the middle of downtown San Francisco. Be sure to try their Rosé Slush- my favorite drink.
Sundays are usually spent planning for the week ahead, reflecting on the past week, and scrapbooking some of my favorite memories. As simple as this is, it always surprises me what comes up when I reflect and free write with the questions below. Try it out!
I purchased a film camera to practice before I left for Paris. I’m so glad I thought ahead to practice before the trip because it didn’t hit me until I had the camera in my hand that I had no idea how to 1) insert a roll of film and 2) use any of the settings! Technology makes everything so easy these days, we forget the technicality behind this art form.
Shooting with film is an exhilarating experience because you are taking pictures blind. You have no idea what it’s going to look like, especially as a beginner.
Film lesson #1: Carry a small notebook and pen around with you when shooting so that you can record which settings you used.
Here are some photos I took walking through Chinatown, Nob Hill, and Union Square.