I can't believe I'm finally in San Francisco! I can't believe that the journey here went so smoothly and that after 5 years, I am finally reunited with my brother. There was a part of me that didn't really think that I would make it. But here I am.
It's been a really crazy week and a half. My brother and his family are very social - during my first week here I met over a dozen of their friends. We went hiking, we had meals together - it was such a shift in the quiet, and mostly isolated life I'm used to. I participated, for the most part, but it was tiring.
Last week we went down to Monteray and hiked around Point Lobos. The coastal trails had amazing views of the ocean. On Saturday, we drove to Yosemite and did a bit of snow-shoeing. It was great fun.
This week, my brother and his wife started full time work again, and the kids are back in school, so I've got a bit of a breather. Yesterday, my brother took the day off and took me into San Francisco. We visited the deYoung Museum in the morning, had lunch, then went to the zoo where we spent the afternoon. I met Ulu, Pike (pronounced Pi-ka, I think) and Andy, the POLAR BEARS!! They were gorgeous. They're much older than Hudson and Nelson in the Gold Coast, at 27 and 28 years old. I felt a bit sad because their enclosure was pretty small and there was a little pool with hardly any room to really swim in. It was nothing compared to the polar bear enclosure in Seaworld (Gold Coast). I did take lots of photos though!
I'm having a good time, V, believe it or not. I hope you are too. I do miss you, and I do still look at your photo and think of you as I try to remember where I come from and what I will eventually be coming home to.
Do take care,