San Francisco: first impressions

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January 20th 2019
Published: January 20th 2019
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We have been in San Francisco for a bit more than one month now. We are pleasantly surprised. It has been better than what we hoped. We live in Larkspur, a very green suburb with amazing forest walks right at our door step. We live in the hills. This is great for the views, but requires a bit of effort to cycle up the hill. The climb is more than 100m vertical. Doable, but tiring if we do it every day.

The big surprise has been the quality of the food. It is much better than we expected. High quality fruits and vegetables, an amazing range of choice of foods. Lots of different types of supermarkets. It's a bit overwhelming at first, but it's nice to have such a choice of good food from all over the world. Some shops are a bit expensive, but the standard supermarkets have similar pricing compared to Australia.

Our neighbours have been very friendly and welcoming. People seem generally content and smiling. People seem calm and considerate. Driving is very gentle. Cycling is easy.

The weather has been much better than expected. December to March is the rainy season. We have had a bit of rain, but rarely more than one or two days at a time. It is about 15 degrees during the day. It doesn't feel cold. We have been able to go on many nice walks. The landscape is beautiful. We can find forest, hills, shoreline, and beaches, a short drive from us.

As we live away from the city, the commute to work takes some time. It takes about 1.5 hours, using a combination of cycling + ferry or bus. It is a nice commute though. Cycling back uphill is a bit of effort, so we got an electric bicycle. This makes things a bit easier.

Twitter seems like a good place to work, where people are friendly and cooperative. The workplace is impressive. It makes people feel comfortable and able to work in a way that best suits their style. Most the people are fairly young, in their 20's and 30's. There is a wide range of nationalities.

We live in a beautiful house. Overall, the experience has been very positive so far. There are things to adjust and adapt to. Still it is an amazing start.

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