I spent 5 days in San Francisco, and as with all the places I’ve been to so far, I wanted to stay longer. This time though, the reason was two-fold – not only did I want to see more of the city, but I also knew a lot of people in SF with whom I’d liked to have spent more time…college friends I hadn’t seen in two years, high school friends I had known since I was twelve, and people I knew from the East Coast who had recently moved here. Just like New York, I guess SF is also one of those cities people tend to end up in, and as a result, it’s a city in which you can always expect to reconnect with old friends.
I stayed with a very good dance friend from New York, Jia, who had moved here in February. It felt like home, being with her, and for the first time on this trip, it made me miss New York and more specifically, it made me miss the dance family I had there. It felt good to go to a dance jam again, it felt good to walk around in sweats and sneakers, it felt good to spend hours in front of the computer watching youtube videos of Lyle Beniga and Kyle Hanagami…all just little things reminiscent of my old dance life in New York.
With Jia, I got to explore San Francisco and also feel like a dancer again. We walked around the Hayes, Haight and Fisherman’s wharf. Then we found an alley of graffiti in the Mission and spent an hour admiring the art and taking pictures in bboy freezes. We biked the Marina and the Golden Gate bridge, and then danced the night away at Funkanometry’s Halloween party, with some of the best whackers, breakers, poppers and lockers in the city.
San Francisco was a lot of fun, but more so because of the company. I loved how funky, quirky and beautiful the city is, but probably liked it all the more thanks to the friends I caught up with as well as the positive energy I constantly had in me because of dance.