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Focus

Choose to do one thing well, and one thing only, and the chances are that you’ll do it well.

Like King Foot Subs, who have been making delicious sandwiches since 1975.

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Advice to myself 1 year ago

We arrived in San Francisco almost exactly one year ago. Here is the advice I wish I had been given:

Buy large headphones
These help significantly with the auditory offensive that is Powell Street. Added bonus: less people yell at you when they can see you are clearly not listening.

This is going to be really hard
Moving countries will probably always be hard. Don’t expect it to be anything other than what it is, but work on enjoying the reality of it.

Learn to love drip coffee
For the moments when nothing but a flat white will do, go to: Cafe Bello, Contraband Coffee, Grand Prix, or Blue Bottle (but be warned that the results sometimes vary). Or just consult the Map of Decent Espresso in San Francisco.

Give every potential friendship everything you’ve got
Don’t be hesitant just on the off-chance that you may, one day, be leaving.

Make forts
Living in a studio apartment can sometimes be tough. Forts give the much-needed illusion of private space.

Don’t worry about being unemployed
Or anything else, for that matter. As you suspected, everything worked out in perfect time.

The slow reveal

For the first week and a bit since we arrived in San Francisco it felt like I was floating. I was not grounded, I had no well-worn paths.

I explained this sensation to people as feeling like I was playing a game like Civilization, and most of the map was still black. Gradually, as I start to explore, the black becomes less, to reveal a city full of resources to exploit and tribes to investigate.

After our first week and a half, this is kind of what San Francisco looked like to me:

Today it is much more clear than black, and it certainly doesn’t feel like floating anymore (bloody hills).