I'm a Bay Area native, and, after a 5 year stint in the Northwest, I'm still finding new things to discover here.
Traveling has been a tradition in my family. Or at least that's what my mom always says. Even though I've traveled to Europe, Asia, Australia, and Central America, I don't feel like I can keep up with the rest of my lineage. My grandparents are undoubtedly the hardest to measure up to. They posed for pictures with penguins in Antarctica, made a total of 26 trips to South East Asia and rode on the Icebreaker that came closest (at the time) to circumnavigating Greenland. Today, my San Francisco apartment is filled with souvenirs from their adventures: a red Chinese lacquer chest, a framed map of the "East Indies" that I'd date circa 1900, a cheesy hand coffee grinder from Harrods. Living among these objects not only reminds me of my family, but also inspires me to embark on more travels of my own to add to the collection they started. Maybe I could add some textiles from Bali? Or maybe just some Hammer pants from Argentina?
My travel plans usually hinge on a quest for food, culture, natural beauty, good company, or all of the above. While, in the past, I've often booked my itinerary weeks before my trip, I'm learning the excitement of depending on local wisdom upon my arrival. So far, this new philosophy has led me to my favorite wine bar on the planet (Gordon's in London), to nearly step on a poisonous king snake in Costa Rica and to many new friends.
As a house guest, I'd love your help with recommendations of your favorite local finds. You can expect me to treat your home as if it were my own, with all my beloved family possessions. And, of course, I'd like to hear some of your own travel stories. Maybe I can gain a tip for my next adventure.