Jacqui and I have been back in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than a month, and we've been getting an unusual viewpoint of a familiar place. Before leaving on our journey we were like any other people we pass on these streets today; working, paying bills, and trying to get ahead in this fast paced, expensive little place. Now we're back with a completely different mentality and set of goals.
It's fascinating to walk into a stylish clothing store after months living on the road and realize you wouldn't purchase a single thing there, because none of it will hold up to the abuse you plan on putting it through. It's somehow comical to hear the never ending complaints about Monday's and traffic when we've been living so completely unaffected by such inconveniences.
Regardless, our get-in-get-out tactics on living in the Bay Area have already led us to living in many different locations. We've been house-sitting, boon-docking, couch surfing, and our latest home-sweet-home is the strangest of them all. I'll return to that a little later though.
For the time being we're catching up with friends and making work connections. Jacqui has been busy with freelance design work and San Francisco Design Week, which has given us a chance to see old faces and the new projects they're working on. Me... well, a quick parts run to BusLab in Berkeley led me to a conversation with the owner. Now I'm wrenching with the team in a shop that specializes in nothing but parts and service for VW Campers. It would definitely seem this is the right place for me to get experience that will aid us in our journey.
Meeting up with friends in the city, exploring SF Design Week and sightseeing.
However, just when things we're on the verge of seeming normal, we're off again on another adventure. We're flying out to Boston to spend two weeks with Jacqui's family on the East Coast, and there's even a little road trip to Maine in order. I know what you're thinking though. 'What're you going to do with your Westy while you're gone?!'
It'll be sitting safe and sound at the newest place we've been calling home. Jacqui and I have settled into a giant warehouse just outside San Francisco. With people renting spots for any range of creative activities including welding, carpentry, fabrication and beyond, there are even a few cozy rooms in the back. This all comes at a very convenient time being that access to a shower in my line of work is an absolute necessity.
A tour of our temporary home.