Since, I’ve lived in California I’ve had several visitors that I like to call beautiful people. With each visit and smile it makes me feel special, loved and appreciated. So to these people I thank you…
Every time I have a visitor my goal is to do something new with them. Something that we have both never done. I dislike the thought of repeating the exact same itinerary over and over. For me each guest visit is different and special in its own way. So, I plan on making it that way for them.
Jale was the first familiar face I’d seen in six month since my arrival in California and it felt good to see her. Though her visit was brief with me we enjoyed each others company. We ate lunch at a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco and caught up with each others lives. Seeing her was comforting and pleasant.
Andrea was my second visitor and I was so excited that I put heaps of emphasis on having fun. I planned and I planned. After all, she was coming for Thanksgiving break and I had to make it memorable. The schedule that I made was so jam packed that my friend Melissa inquired when we would eat or have restroom breaks… I don’t think I really tallied in much time for those things. So, when my sister arrived I had to remove some activities from the schedule. For Andrea’s visit I took her around Oakland to places I frequented and tried to let her enjoy the things that I loved about the city. For example, the people, music, art, food, nightlife and the places. I gave her a tour of the Cathedral of Christ the Light, JackLondon and to complete the day We relaxed at Lake Merritt. In the following days we went to Alcatraz, the rooftop garden, the Wax Museum and Ripples Believe It or Not. Where believe it or not I took some awesome pictures of Andrea dancing.
Thanksgiving was a small gathering in which we all cooked, ate, drank and laughed. It was my first time making a thanksgiving meal without my mother and I wanted to cook everything! Melissa had to remind me that it was only four of us and that I should calm down. So, I did and We enjoyed thanksgiving together. When my sister’s visit was over I was delighted that she was here and that I got to spend Thanksgiving with her. I love my sister.
The time for my parents arrival came swiftly. I was even more excited about this. After all, I hadn’t seen them in almost a year. Upon their arrival I had dinner cooked and the house cleaned with everything in order and of course a bottle of wine on deck for my father. We spent a relaxing first night together eating, talking and laughing. The following morning we ran Lake Merritt which is approximately 3.2 miles. Our adventures took us to places like Sacramento where we went go karting and Big Sur where it is said that God and land meet. In addition, we explored Muir Woods which was absolutely phenomenal as we got to gaze upon the tallest trees in the world. We also visited Lombard st, China town, fisherman’s Warf, Golden Gate Bridge and much more. In all, their vist was amazing and top it all off they got me a new camera lens which was certainly a pleasant surprise.
Annie’s visit followed in the beginning of March. I was still excited even though I had just seen her the month before. She came and I made sure to plan accordingly. We went go karting in SF, rockclimbing in El Cerrito, playd arcade games, did the 7D experience. We are both very competitive so for the most part it was always a race or competition to see who would win. We also, experienced amazing pizza from Zackary’s! Which if any of you visit California you must have it. We then proceeded to soak in culture at the MOMA which is one of the popular place for art and culture. At the end Annie and I both had a great time.
In conclusion, I realize that its not about how many things you can jam into a schedule but what you do, how you do it and who you do it with that makes it special. Most of the time my visitors and I end up just relaxing and enjoying each other company. I’ve enjoyed all the visits and will always cherish them. And if those visits weren’t enough I have more beautiful people coming to visit me. For instance, Besi and Tania in June which is sure to be an adventure.
LIVE, LOVE, LAUHG!