This Veteran’s Day weekend arrived at the end of all my midterms this semester, and could not have come at a better time. After cooping myself up in the Berkeley bubble for the last few months with only a few days out of the 94720, I filled up my (practically) four-day weekend with activities not including homework, housework, or work of any kind.

I loved visiting San Francisco again after such a long absence. Just being in the city again amidst the towering skyscrapers and busy people made me feel so much alive. Being able to walk along the city streets and amble along at my own pace, without worrying about having to get somewhere by a certain time, and stare up at the buildings like a tourist was, to say the least, refreshing. I forget how much the atmosphere of a bustling metropolitan area invigorates and inspires me.

So excited for the upcoming holiday season (as evidenced by the holiday decor starting to pop up in Union Square)! November and December is, in my opinion, the best time of the year with Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities and general holiday cheer. Union Square already has their ice rink set up; I can’t wait to go skating on a twinkling December night with all the bright lights of the city around me.

Here’s to hoping that my next break from school and trip out of Berkeley comes sooner than two months!

Weekend summary as of Sunday morning
Trips on the F bus: 7
Dollars spent: $7
Food eaten: homemade hash browns, toast with blackberry jam, meatball sandwiches, lemon bars, Coke Zero and Diet Coke (in succession, really bad idea), olive oil and bread samples at the Ferry Building), bread pudding, donut holes, Fruit Gushers, really bad diet generic Sprite,  pad thai from Oriental Restaurant in Gourmet Ghetto (really weird pho noodles with carrots and a peanut sauce)
Activities accomplished: marketing workshop at Draftfcb, wandering around SF (piers, the absolutely wonderful Ferry Building, Union Square, Financial District), epic wishes at 11:11pm with K, J, and T, cuddling in bed, actually sleeping in for once, WebPy workshop with H@B, super ninja food-mooching at H@B’s HackJam, Bay Street/Emeryville Target/Oriental Restaurant with K and S, figuring out next musical obsession for holiday season (Taylor Swift, Michael Buble, Lady Antebellum, Justin Bieber Christmas albums) #productivityftw