i guess choosing a nice place in a good area is one very important and top of the list priorities.
well i don’t know San Francisco, at all. besides movies, pictures and books.
but for some magic reason i have fallen in love, even before landing…
a while ago i googled a specific search (no specific destination), hit the first link and ended up in San Francisco!
Destiny? Serendipity? Coincidence?
i’ll choose all three of them! i like the combination!
so i got to study a bit about the city, the bay area, outside (i like a lot the east bay area!), the fact that there is a great italian influence of immigrants.
of course the first thing i started putting emphasis was on getting to know the neighborhoods…well i’ve improved! from reading loads, seeing pics and speaking to some of my contacts i have in the west coast, i have made some ideas of a few areas i like, but again only when you are there, face to face, you actually get the right (or wrong) feelings.
as for rental prices i have already understood very well the situation! but let’s focus on the matter here and talk about areas (good & bad ones!)
illustration by seagullseye.blogspot.it
some links related to the living issue i came across and liked them a lot! some very useful, some ever so entertaining!
on a funny note i could not leave one of my favourite sites off from this list….they too had a recent article talking about San Francisco!
so to start with i ask you y fellow readers….where do you live?!
(if you once lived in San Francisco please do share your experiences too.)
please share with me (us…readers) your location, pros & cons, petfriendly, amenities, social vibes…
can’t wait to read your stories!
big hug x x x
i guess it is time for me to introduce ourselves a bit better, besides the brief intro you can find on the “about” page with the link bellow.
my world is surrounded by food, passion, work with children, work with adults, living experince in three different cities (sao paulo, london and turin).
i graduated in london (marketing & business for the food industry), a long time ago dare i say…(well 2000 seems a long time ago anyway!) have worked with big names in the industry (london based and international), worked with teaching english for italian toddlers, created a children food education blog (mangia che ti fa bene bimbo!), joined as an ambassador the Jamie Oliver Foundation team, created a Foodsitter figure which i use to be more appealing when dealing & writing my blog and in real life work situation. Oh of course, i almost forgot… i have a small activity online where i make, by pre ordering, a brazilian sweet called brigadeiro.
well let’s say i don’t give much space for boredom in my life!
as for Teo, Jasmine and Stella….they are my beloved “zoo”. They became part of my life since i moved to Italy along the eight years i have been here. Teo, the big boy of the family, is 5. Jasmine, the feline lady, is 4 and Stella, the super fun and cuddly dog, is 3.
needless to say how much they are simply super! the energy and great vibe they bring into the house and in my life.
on a very important note (and nope i’m not writing it just for the sake of it….) they are beyond clean and well behaved. really! my friends tell me all the time how lucky i’m! (i know!!) seriuosly, i never had to deal with odours problems, dirt in the house, poo, pee…yes there is one downside….hair!! but hey what are hoovers for?!?! and indeed this is one of the main reason why they will be coming with me (besides the fact that i would not even consider leaving them behind! i’m totally against abbandoning animals). I’m sure they will adapt just fine and live healthly and cleanly just like they live before. the cats are used to being indoors with exporadic outdoors (if there is the possibility).
if you have any questions, ideas, suggestions please feel free to share with us!!
big hug x x x
dear american friends!
happy 4th of july!!!
what can i say….by this time next year we will be celebrating such important date with my san francisco new friends! so exciting!!!
music by amy macdonald
please feel free to visit my blog about children’s food education where you can find my dedicated post from last year and today’s about independece day!
here is the link mangiachetifabenebimbo.com/2013/07/04/happy-4th-of-july/
big hug from all of us x x x
( google pictures credits: 4thofjuly2013.com , foodlogsandfeedback.com , uptake.com , askabachelor.com , brusimm.com ) thanks!
it all started with the urge of change.
not so long ago.
due to one straight simple reason.
a really bad time to live in italy.
after a great deal of consideration i decided to push that “google search” button and explore what was out there for work on the fields i have experience.
there was one specific result that “drove” my attention to San Francisco. i got myself hooked on studying about this city. it didn’t take me much to “fall in love”. with SF and the idea of spending sometime there.
initial aims were diverted and so i chose to literally take some time off and go back to studying (more like updating my year 2000 graduation Degree), taking up some good and cool cooking courses, changing the pace of life a bit, search for new inspirations, initiatives and all the positive things a new experience like this one can give!
i admit it is not the first time i move cities. brazilian born from a half brazilian half italian family, i left Sao Paulo, brazil at the age of 19 to live and study in London. 10 amazing years between studies and a great professional life in the F&B world. with a brief pit stop in Sao Paulo and i moved to Turin, eight years ago. a city well known to me as i have dear friends since the times i used to go to summer schools abroad when i was a child. not only well known but also very dear to my heart. like London i can say Turin will always have that “home feeling”.
but now it’s time to see if SF will have that special sparkle with me too!
however i seriously need some “help” here!!
besides the internet with all the blogs and their stories (most of them i have to say pretty positive), great incentive and feedback from some contacts i have in SF (and also LA) and friends that have been or lived, i know very little in concrete terms.
well i know it’s expensive. full stop.
let’s bypass that obvious fact and move on to more specific points.
points which i will breakdown in specific posts.
– a place to live (as you realised the senise’s are in four and three of them are pets…this being the most important post to be published next in great details)
– choice of neighborhood (i have read tones about it but i’m happy to hear personal experiences and suggestions)
– work experiences (sharing, exchanging, suggesting…)
– what to expect in certain situations (again happy to hear personal experiences)
i guess those were just a few ones to start with….
in the next 6 months i hope to share the good and the bad moments (it can’t b
e all flowers we all know!!) with you, all the planning, steps and developments about the great adventure of the senise’s moving to SF!
thanks for staying with us!