Since lugging my DSLR around becomes cumbersome at times, I decided to share iPhone photos from San Francisco and SoCal. It’s a “Casual Friday” photography post. Some scenes from evening walks in Alta Plaza and Presidio Heights, tasting menus at Petit Crenn, tours of Google offices and celebrations with my Irish twin.
In August, we’re studying for the GMAT (help!), joining our favorite gym (again), getting involved in local non-profits and traveling to see our favorite people. And by we, I mean me and my imaginary dog that I wish I had in SF.
San Francisco doesn’t get much of a summer. As a person, San Francisco would be described as “amiable.” She doesn’t have much of a personality. Always 65 and Sunny, SF is predictable; a heavy fog in the morning and evening and consistent temperatures year round. As a result, she doesn’t have a temper, doesn’t get moody and doesn’t give us a summer. She doesn’t amp up the temperature and humidity when she feels cranky. She remains the same. Chicago possessed emotion, ebbs and flows. To be honest, I miss Chicago’s moods and temperament; while unpredictable and willy, she remained consistent amidst her constant turbulence. Extended metaphor over!
In short, “home” feels far away these days. To fully enjoy summer and go “home,” I’ve been visiting my family in Southern California and plotting trips back to the Midwest. Here are some pictures from my visit in July!
^ Thoughts on taking photos of strangers and asking for their email addresses? Given the inspiration that strangers provide, I think I need to start reciprocating.
When visiting San Francisco, one must walk to the Golden Gate Bridge. Fun fact, it is not in fact golden, rather a burnt bridge. This weekend, my mother and I found ourselves walking, or rather hiking, to the Golden Gate bridge. Inspired by a Kourtney Kardashian, we sought a piece of beach near the Golden Gate bridge to no avail. Instead, I wound up with these pretty pictures.
Every other Monday, I volunteer some photography skills at a non-profit, Kitchen Possible Chicago. Kitchen Possible strives to teach kids how to make things happen in life through making things happen in the kitchen.
Kitchen Possible is a co-worker’s side hustle, which requires her to spend her week working in brand strategy and devotes her nights and weekends to running all things Kitchen Possible (donations, curriculum, logistics, etc). As an (expanding) weekly after-school program, Kitchen Possible teaches one recipe per session through a consistent five-step process week over week. In this session, Kitchen Possible students made two variations of pasta. Attending nearly four sessions, I am thoroughly impressed by the students’ transformation in confidence, teamwork and culinary skills. Whether chopping vegetables, following a recipe or working as a team, there are amazing things happening in this kitchen.
Hoping to host “A Chance for Conversation: Non-Profits” with my colleague soon. More to come! In the meantime, please consider donating to Kitchen Possible or volunteering at Kitchen Possible in the summer session.
Snowstorms on the Quad
Nearly two years ago, I graduated from the University of Chicago. Economics degree in one hand and four years of friendships, problem sets and memories to go with it. Specifically, friendships that extended beyond my graduation year. Two days ago, I ventured down to help a younger buddy with his LinkedIn headshot – and experience (fingers crossed) one of Chicago’s last Winter snowstorms at UChicago.
We originally anticipated warm weather and sunny skies but were pleasantly surprised at the snowstorm that unfolded over a few hours. There’s no sight quite like the UChicago campus in the snow. Winter snow storms at UChicago have a magical way of transporting you to an ice-laden Narnia or Hogwarts (which UChicago’s campus strongly resembles). As two California kids, we were ill-prepared for the snow storm. Our glove-less hands spent an hour or so shooting before our fingers became too numb to continue. Props for Matt for braving snow and wet hair for a photo’s sake. More below.