The entire state of California has some of the most incredible sunsets I’ve ever seen. Magic hour is magic pretty much everyday. Getting used to the weather is still ongoing - it will look cold outside but turn out to be warm, or it will actually be cold, and that seems to be random so you never know until you’re outside the door. It’s finally been raining, so you can see new leaves on the trees and even the birds look more plump (so many birds had died due to the drought).
It took us more than a year to find a good HK style cafe. This was the staple of our diet in Vancouver (our favourites were Beefy Beef, Congee Noodle House at 9pm, Gloucester Cafe, Deer Garden, and The One in Burnaby). Granted, three of those are Taiwanese cafes, which we are still on the hunt for, but I am happy with my HK style milk tea and Hainan chicken. The Chinatown here has three faces: the main road, Grant St, which is aimed at tourists, and then the streets & alleys to either side which is where you will find actual Chinese people shopping & eating. There is also Richmond, but that’s further out and not as much fun to walk around.
The great thing about living here has been the art exhibits. While the Vancouver Art Gallery has continually had to fight off bankruptcy, San Francisco is enlarging their MoMA into the biggest modern art museum in America, reopening May 2016. You can see a whole wing dedicated to works by Rodin at the Legion of Honor, and a free open garden of his work at Stanford. The temporary exhibits at the DeYoung museum and the Asian Art Museum are just so good. Aubrey Beardsley was an artist I really loved and seeing his work in real life was something I never expected.