Five Things I Love About Bay Area

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Sunshine.

There’s so much sun and warmth to wake me up from Midwest winter hibernation, though the weather in Silicon Valley is refreshingly cool, all year around. I am still getting used to seeing sunlit sky every single day and not having to worry about winter clothes.


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Air.

The air here makes me aware of each breath I take. It’s dry and cool, and invigorating. Nothing beats that fresh morning breeze from the lake, with the scent of pine and blossoms of the season.


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Water.

It’s refreshing to see lakes, streams, or fountains on a daily basis. I am getting used to orienting myself by the hills and the various bodies of water outside. On my morning bike rides, I notice the tides rise and fall in the nearby stream. At night, as I fall asleep, I can hear a chorus of pond frogs.


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Trees.

Many, varied, and green. In the past weeks, I took unforgettable breaths in the shade of giant eucalyptus trees. I’ve found out how incredibly fragrant blood orange blossoms can be. I have picked lemons right off the tree and stood in the shade of the largest willow grove I’ve ever seen.


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Color.

Everything is saturated, sunny, and fresh, often lit up in unexpected hues. There’s a whole rainbow of diversity, in more ways than one, and at every turn, a new discovery awaits just around the corner. I fit in here among strangers or friends just by being myself.


Discovering Bay Area for the first time is an experience of a sensory overload. Every day I spend in California, I learn a little bit more about my new home. There’s so much to do and to see.

Putting down roots in a new state is a slow process. I am reminding myself to breathe and take in every moment of this journey.

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I am here at last.

I’m home.