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I really should have kept a diary

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As I’m typing this, I left San Francisco more than 3 weeks ago. I got so used to my lifestyle that I forgot to write a diary. Maybe I was unconsciously thinking that I would have more time there. Anyway, I have countless pictures to remember, but it loses its effect when it’s not written live. It was my first time abroad, and now I only have one thing in mind : going back. Maybe it’s a “the grass is always greener on the other side” effect. Maybe my life there was amazing. I could be whoever I wanted in a city where you aren’t judged. Let’s go back on my last SF hours.

Enjoying daily city (re)exploration

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Having a 9 to 5 work schedule in the most active city in the world is something words can describe. I jumped into as soon as I arrived in the city. I really hoped being on vacation wouldn’t become boring. It didn’t. I went to a lot of places I never had time or opportunities to fully explore, especially during daytime. Japantown, North Beach, Chrissy Field, The Tenderloin, Nob Hill and many others were crossed of my bucket list.

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Now that I’m back, wandering in the city seems to be something unreal, while I took it for granted when I was living there. It became some kind of routine, but when I look back, I would do anything to turn back time. That’s why I bought a place ticket to go back in November, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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I didn’t get bored at all, and it was mostly thanks to my friends and especially one person to one person. I first met Shui Hua Chang online in May and we agreed to go for a photo walk in Bernal Heights park, place neither of us explored before. I thought it would only be for a few hours. We ended up getting ice cream and walked all the bay back to Dolores Park and wandering in the Mission district to get beers.

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After this, we had a burrito and took the bus back to downtown. It was a 7-hour long first date. We saw each other the very next day, we walked from Union Square to North Beach, crossing Chinatown (where I had my first dim sum). Ashley (Shui Hua) is now my girlfriend. We started a crazy long distance relationship, as I’m coming back to see her for Thanksgiving, and as she’ll come visit me for Christmas. To be continued.

Heading to SoCal

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In my last post (which was written live but posted one day prior to departure), I told you my internship came to an end and that I was about to take pictures for The Chemical Brothers for my last show. That was before my press pass for HARD Summer festival was granted. One week after I arrived in San Francisco, I met my friend Karen and told her about my job. She told me about this festival and that I should try to get passes. My first request was denied, and thanks to my coworker Mattea and the magic of PR, I finally got it.

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