First things first, I was interviewed for a podcast on all things yoga, travelling and me. You can listen to it on Spotify, Apple Music or via the following link:
Please let me know what you think as it’s the first time I’ve done something like this. Having listened to it myself whilst in San Fransisco, I can say that I’m great at going on long tangents.
My, oh, my, what a city. It has been a really beautiful time in San Fransisco. I found myself mostly just walking everywhere around town as my ankle is finally feeling better again. It’s still stiff but not as sore as it was, so freedom was mine!
A beautiful soul that I met in Myanmar, Lyndsay, very generously opened her amazing home to me for the week. She lives in a central spot so nothing was very far away. I realised though that everywhere is just surrounded by hills so it wasn’t all that close sometimes; a short 10-minute walk was actually a butt workout.
I managed to catch up with another beautiful friend here too, Jesse. Jesse and I met in Pai when I first got there in October 2018 – he was one of my first friends. It was so wonderful to be able to see him again and reconnect. He took me to a couple of yoga classes at his favourite studio. It was so nice for me to jump back on the mat as it’s been a while since I was able to practice.
I found so many reminders of Melbourne in San Fransisco. There was one afternoon I spent in a Dolores Park that reminded me so much of Edinburgh Gardens back home. The number of parks around the city too was much the same as Melbourne.
There were a couple of opportunities to spin fire whilst I was there too. When Zac and I arrived in Oakland (which is just next to San Fransisco) we went to a fire night. It was so full of amazingly talented people that I was blown away (and a little intimidated).
Then another night before I left, I was taken out by Ryan who I met at the Oakland burn. We went to a fire night down near the Bay Bridge that was lit up like a Christmas tree. Absolutely beautiful. It was a photoshoot night with a few professional photographers there so stay tuned for some really epic fire photos of me!
One thing that did come up whilst I’ve been staying with Lyndsay, was this sense of home. She has the most gorgeous apartment with some of her friends and really has some roots set in there – It’s a home.
The one thing that really struck me was the fact that she had house plants. It made me really miss being able to have my own plant. Also, it brought up some thoughts about maybe if I want to settle somewhere.
Definitely not in San Fransisco as it’s so bloody expensive! But somewhere that I’m maybe able to unpack my bag for a while again and get myself a plant to sit on my window sill, and know that I’ll be able to look after it.
Maybe I won’t find it for a while, but it’s a thought I haven’t had for a long time. It’s this sense of wanting to grow some roots, rather than the constant exploration and transition. Which, don’t get me wrong, I still love.
However, my friend Jesse pointed out to me that I may just be feeling this way as I’ve only been around people who are settled. Whereas for the last 18 months, I’ve only been around fellow travellers, calling a place home for several months for the high season. It’s food for thought, for sure. If anyone has any suggestions or advice, I’d love to hear it.
To read about what it was like back in Myanmar click here