Saturday, November 24, 2007
...even the San Francisco weather was mild and festive. The sky was clear and illuminated by a bright nearly full moon which can be seen in the second to last picture.
Last night, as I was walking through the city streets, contemplating on my translations and my move to Italy, I looked up at the tall city buildings sparkling with holiday decorations, the wide streets bustling with people, cars zooming by, and this might be home, but it reminds me so much of Rome's busy atmosphere. I live in the heavily internationalized San Francisco Bay with 7 million people. I realized that this might be why I'm more inclined to that lovely chaotic international but Italian city.
As I was speaking to a friend today, I mentioned that San Francisco is my favorite city in the world. "Then why are you going to Rome?" I didn't have to think about it... "because this is home. I love it here. I'm comfortable here. But we always need to step outside our comfort zone to really see what we are made of, and I have so much to learn from the people and sights that I will absorb in Rome." This might be my favorite city because I feel at home here, but there are countless beautiful cities out there to see!
Of course, I'd also love to use my Italian language on a daily basis and be able to once in a while get out of the city and hide myself within a good book nestled amidst a small, ancient, quiet Italian town... then come back home to feel the pulse of a large internationalized city.
So, last night my sister and I took the subway line that's just 2 blocks from my flat, and soon ended up in the heart of San Francisco. We walked up to Macy's department store, and found a large crowd assembled in front of a dark tree while a boy's choir sang Christmas carols.
Soon, the countdown began and the Christmas tree was lit! We walked around with the crowd a bit. Enjoyed a nice pizza, holiday snacks, street music, took pictures and after a few hours, we took the subway home again.
When I arrived home, I was actually able to finish another translation. I sent the completed translation to my client and fell asleep very, very happy... this was a good week.
Even the San Franciscan kitty cats up for adoption were quite festive!
and quite curious about this girl taking their picture...
Did you notice the roasted castagne (chestnuts)? I finally found them!
Posted by Roam2Rome at 1:50 PM