It’s so easy to spot a tourist in San Francisco. Especially in the summer months when it’s not really summer. Tourists are the ones who are wearing t-shirts and shorts and flip flops when it’s 50 or 60 degrees outside and the fog is everywhere and brings a light mist and rain. They also have really big cameras that hang around their necks. I can’t blame them for bringing the camera though because that’s what I do when I visit a new city. I’m snap-happy and take photos of everything.
I don’t think I could ever live in New York. There are so many people everywhere that it can be overwhelming and all I want is quiet. I was there last week for work and I was working on a Saturday and when I got up early to go get breakfast, the streets were silent with only a few people walking around. And then I got a cab to go to work and I drove past more empty streets and there was no traffic and no cars honking and that was just peaceful and nice.
In the past, I’ve always held the idea that I never wanted to see the same city twice. I thought it would be a waste of my time and money to go somewhere I’d already been when there are so many other places I haven’t seen yet. But now I have the opportunity to go to Italy for work and I wanted to take advantage of that by taking an extra week of vacation and traveling somewhere close by. I could’ve gone to a new part of Italy I had never been to before but I had the strong desire to go to Paris.