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Spent around two days in the city basically being tempted by just about every shop in Powell street Рgave in to Sephora but that was pretty much a given. What I did let myself indulge in was heaven in a deliciously concocted cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory Р(above cheesecake is Toasted Smore Marshmallow Hershey Chocolate Cheesecake РI died.) Also made room for more than just dessert Рsee above photos of a Mac N Cheese Burger plus a Buffalo Chicken special with cheese on the inside.

By the end of the trip I turned into a train regular even travelling to the airport alone and, well, back to Michigan alone too. I feel like I’ve gone through a rite of passage of some sort and am now ready for another big step. Living alone, perhaps?

It was a trip of firsts which is awesome coz I keep being asked the last time I’ve done something for the first time. (Fine, questions are mostly posed by Instagram but let’s pretend for a bit that IG is a real person who brings about important life realizations.) In terms of food, I got to try Cuban cuisine (very similar to Spanish, mind you) and almost got to try Burmese (still don’t have a clue what that’s like.) Went to Silicon Valley, The Mission and some other obscure areas downtown.

I must be real though and share how much of a homebody I really am – so when I was presented with an excuse to delay movement that prompts going out of the house (i.e., taking a bath, getting ready), I jumped on it. Home excitement came in the form of what has got to be my newest favorite TV series – House of Cards. I suggest you watch all 13 episodes as fast as you can and let you and I speculate on what happens next. Trust me, it’s so good I’ve been dreaming about it for days.

That pretty much sums up my quick Cali trip – places visited, things watched plus lots and lots of laughter. I absolutely love these people.

Special thanks to Jav and Won whom I sadly don’t have photos of mostly because we spent our bonding moments in pajamas and those weren’t deemed photographable at the time. My heart goes out to you both for being such fun and gracious hosts. Still dreaming of our breakfasts together. Also your string cheese. And Twix ice cream.¬†