January 4, 2012 - Posted by Erin in Travel, Trips to the US

When I travel home, my world comes to a grinding halt. But somehow, time still accelerates and the SF Bay Area becomes the center of the universe. Days fill with jetting around San Francisco, shopping at Stanford, and visits to Whole Foods, where I ooh and ahh over the granola aisle (it really is impressive how many different types of granola exist). I also don’t like to waste my “meal capital” on just any plate of grub. Every meal serves as an opportunity to either eat my favorite Bay Area cuisine – like Vietnamese spring rolls or good sushi – or to try fun new restaurants in the city, which crop up like gourmet weeds in a driveway every time I’m away.

Whirling around in my time vacuum, I somehow manage to escape to make critical visits to see my grandmother in Folsom, or meet up with my dad, like this time, for a few holes of horribly played golf (by me) in California’s Gold Country. Time stops, but flashes forward, and the whole thing ends up feeling like a blurry dream.

Now I’m sitting on a plane headed to Albuquerque to visit my high school best friend. Yeah, Albuquerque, New Mexico – because that totally doesn’t confuse my brain, which is already struggling to adjust to my brief stint back in the US. In what will surely feel like just a few minutes, I’ll be back in Spain, sucking down a plate of jamón, half-wishing it were sushi. Then I will order my two-euro glass of amazing wine, and everything will be right in the world again.

Until then, and until I can mentally process what day it is and where I am, I thought I’d share a couple of pictures I’ve taken on the trip. I hope everyone’s new year is off to a good start!

View of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Legion of Honor

Street-art spotting in the Mission

Downtown Sutter Creek

Picture I took with my iPhone while having a coffee in my old SF neighborhood (corner of California and Divisadero)

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7 Responses to “A blurry dream”

  1. Kaley [Y Mucho Más] Says:

    I would definitely miss sushi…but now I miss jamon, salchichon, chorizo, good red wine (mmm).

  2. Erin Says:

    Funny you say that: last night when I arrived in ABQ, my friend had a Spanish selection of embutidos from Trader Joe’s. It included jamon serrano, salchichon and chorizo! It was marginally decent at best, but it made me oh so happy!

  3. miruna Says:

    Very nice post!

  4. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures Says:

    You need to stop by NC!!!!!!! Great pics darling!

  5. Sabrina Says:

    Oh, I so understand that. When I go home to Germany I try to enjoy the moment and cram in as much family time as possible while still taking a few hours here and there to venture out with Marco to show him Germany. But as soon as I leave it does turn into a blurry dream… This time we went to China and then France right after, so I barely even had time to process each place. Now I’m back in Texas and people ask me “So, how was the big trip?” Well, it was great…. That’s usually my answer. But then I don’t know what to say and which part to talk about… Blurry!

  6. Erin Says:

    You hit the nail on the head!! Everyone always ask: how was the trip home? The question almost stresses me out, because I can’t really put it into words. And wow – you went to France and CHINA? Now that’s a trip. And I thought SF and New Mexico made for quite the journey. Looking forward to reading about everything on your blog!

  7. Sabrina Says:

    Oh, I think SF and NM are plenty for one trip – the US is so big that it’s like many countries in one culturewise anyways 🙂 Yep, started in Germany, on to China/Hong Kong, and finished off in France. It was crazy, but we had almost 10 days in each place, so enough to get settled and enjoy a little. I know they seem like random choices, but we have family in each place, so… our vacation destinations are kind of pre-chosen for us I guess.

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