helloooo from SF!

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sunday night.
four days since i’ve landed.
48 hours to overcome jetleg.
time difference is a bit of a deal but not a big one (9 hours with italy and 5 with brazil)

but no major complaints.
i’m afterall in san francisco at last!
my first ever visit!

yeap. yeap. yeap!!!

my host is a sweet darling. her house is top! perfection to every single detail. and alamo square is one block from her doorsteps.
big time recomendation if you’re visiting and need a place to stay. just visit amrita’s page on airbnb.

i have walked so much. i believe it’s the best way to know a place.
to breath, to gaze and wander around together with the residents.

with my start/finish point at mcallister st i have been so far through market st (and side roads), embarcadero (piers and the saturday farmers market at ferry building), telegraph hill, north beach, russian hill, nob hill, chinatown, noe valley, haights, a beautiful bike ride at golden gate park…to name a few.

people smile at you.
been blessed with such awesome weather.
the speed and shapes of clouds fascinates me. i could watch them all day long.
it’s windy but i have my scarf with me.
the city has it’s problem (serious ones but which city hasn’t?!?!) and yet they don’t ignore it and the pace of such renowned positive vibe city keeps it up.

monday is a national holiday. labour day.
happy holidays to all my american friends.

as from tuesday full gear on as i’m visiting the universities, meeting people i have been in touch and work over the networld (sooooo happy about it!) and getting to explore more and more this magical city.

on a dog note: my gosh stella (the dog!) would love to move out here! how dogfriendly is SF guys?!?!? i’m well impressed!

from me to you, right here in san francisco.
lots of love and wishes of a good week

national dog day!

today is national dog day!

so all my love and best wishes to all dogs and dog lovers!!

specially to my beloved Stella!

in the mean time my countdown is pretty much down to -1 to fly to SF!!! can’t wait!!

stay tuned for all my updates on my first trip!

good morning & counting

morning all!!

the countdown has officially started!!
-10 days as from today!
geeeee am I excited about it!!!????

have started to plan my luggage, thinking about the weather….and couldn’t help but to think again about our favorite subject from the last few days….dear my celery! ( I enjoy calling him this way but with all my heart I promise it is with affection!!)

so is the weather in San Francisco really that bad?!?!
believe me people after 10 years of living in London…anywhere else in the world is fine weather!!
I guess I will have that “safe and sure” jumper like our grandmas always tell us to have it on toe, just to be on the safe side eh?!

In the mean time Turin in treating me with a very nice weather these days so I’m enjoying the city with loads of walks around, taking pictures and holding very piece of special moment to my heart!! Turin will always have a special place in my heart and be a homey reference for me!!

last but not least I came across this link earlier and thought it is fair to share it!!!

Have a good Sunday everyone!

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‘ticket to ride….

yeap yeap yeap….i have officially booked my first trip to san francisco!!!
and i tell you what….i have butterflies in my tummy!!!

i can’t wait!

so much to do
so much to see

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i keep imagining the scene me landing (after and loooooong plane ride with one stop on day light….but who cares…i’ll be arriving in san francisco!!!) and taking the BART transport to get to town….suddenly…baaam….there we will be face to face for the first time….”nice to finally meet you san francisco! i’m marcela senise!
(i get the goospumps just on the thought of it!!)

i’ll be hitting town by end of august for 14 days!

can’t wait to share here with you guys all the pictures and experiences!!ps: flying on my own this time!! teo, jasmine and stella are staying in italy!

“hate” is a damaging word

so….there is someone that hates san francisco afterall!!?!

i was having breakfast this morning, browsing through facebook, the news while sipping my big mug of coffee when i came across a post from huffing post calling an article “Peter Shish ’10 I Hate About You’ Post Draws San Francisco’s Ire, Confirms Startup Stereotypes“.
curious to find out what it was all about i clicked it open to read what it seems to be a great mess created by mr. celery.

ok let’s go one step at a time.

first of all i can’t help but laugh about this story. and i’ll explain why…

if you are reading this post/blog you might have understood that we know we, the senises, are moving to san francisco. it was love “virtually” at first sight. the desire of some “fresh air” to the mind. many researches and studing i’ve been doing, and after a few months, since my decison, one thing i can say is that i never read or heard the “hate” word about san francisco. period. not even on a sarcastic way (impression mr. celery tried to use to excuse /explain himself after the fatidic post on Medium).

all i read, hear and feel about my virtual experience with san francisco has only been positive. the articles, posts, people i spoke about san francisco, people i speak in san francisco. it’s, again my feelings, all about generosity, positiviness, helpfulness and most of all, at ease attitude.

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so when i read the article about Peter Shih’s, let’s call gaffe, i thought “oh well, at least someone doesn’t like san francisco. but hey…you loner one, you seem to have hit a delicate spot there.”
i googled the guy’s name and the amout of results i got, besides his fame for creating a successful start up, in a city he “hates” and becoming a multi milionare thanks to it, was just hilarious! all the twitters have gone mad, fliers around the city invinting him to go back to new york city, a rebuttal post from Medium trying to pacify the whole situation, many bloggers expressing their opinion, sfgate.com news have crossed the ocean and gone to uk ( guardian / dailymail )…just to name a few hits….

considering my position with this blog, my virtual (soon to become real…) love with san francisco i can’t not join the san francisco residents and lovers in this matter!!

sorry mr. celery but you won’t gain any way of empathy from my side. but thanks for all the laughs with you big gaffe.

(fan note to “the bold italic” writer Jennifer Maerz: you have a very good point!!)

…from Turin to San Francisco….

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.

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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!

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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 be 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!