As some of you may already know, last week Katie and I packed up our bags and left Atlanta for San Francisco. The catalyst being Katie accepting a job with the San Francisco 49ers / Levi’s Stadium in Premium Sales, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about where we ended up! (L.A. was also in question for a while.)
As we embark on this new chapter, I’d like to thank everyone who played a piece in my last ~15 years in Atlanta. You guys truly influenced and shaped the person I am today, and I couldn’t have asked for a better community and experience. Southern hospitality at its finest. I can already tell this new city, its people, its vibe, and its general lifestyle doesn’t compare, but I’m excited to dive in headfirst to a brand new culture. West Coast best coast, right? So. Where to begin.
Friends, family, finances(!)… All the way down to transportation (carless for the first time in 10 years!) will never be the same. No looking back, as Katie and I felt this was the ideal time for a change in our lives, often asking ourselves, “If not now, when?”
Which brings me to our cross-country trek. We left Atlanta on a Sunday after fitting our lives into a TINY little Uhaul Ubox. The drive took about five days total, or 36 hours of driving time.
Our route looked like this:
Atlanta ➝ Memphis ➝ Russellville (Arkansas) ➝ Albuquerque ➝ Las Vegas ➝ San Francisco
After we arrived and “checked-in” with a relative of Katie’s in Alameda, the apartment hunting commenced. We’d been scoping out neighborhoods and scheduling appointments for the last couple of weeks, ready to hit the ground running. This prep work was insanely valuable, as we ended up locking down an amazing apartment in less than 3 days!
We’ll be living in the San Francisco Mission district, close to Mission Dolores Park and a seemingly endless amount of restaurants, bars, and taquerias.
By the way, I loved our time on Alameda. Definitely visit if you get the chance. I recommend the Forbidden Island Tiki Hut 🙂
And props to Terrapin. Hauling these guys across the country was nothing short of a savior after the exhausting days of apartment shopping. Really hit the spot.
This weekend we’ll be unpacking and moving into our new home, and so now that we’re settling in it’s time to find my next step career-wise (another announcement to follow shortly, I’m sure).
Atlanta will always be home to me, and we welcome visitors (air mattress already ordered!). Atlantans, if you want to keep in touch, you know where to find me.