Goodbye to the West

We finally made our way back to Mary’s place and were ready to venture out for some yummy food (especially after walking up all those amazing hills). We decided to go to Pakwan – a Pakistani Indian restaurant and it was delicious. Mary had brought a very delicious wine from work and it complimented the meal wonderfully. The conversation had around the table was equally complimentary to the amazing journey we were on. It’s so nice to just talk with people – to have a two sided (or three in this case) conversation – to have everyone present and involved and passionate. So many times I wonder if people are listening or why no one really asks me how I’m doing and this trip really made me feel connected to the people who I was around. It was as if the lost art of conversation had been found. It was refreshing.

We decided to go out for a finely crafted brew over on Haight Street and ended up at Toronado. This place has an amazing selection of crafted brews! The San Franciscan’s surely do have very fine taste when it comes to food, beer & wine (among other things). But these are all things that I can appreciate as well so I was really excited when Mary brought us here. Our delightful conversation carried on in the streets and in the bar. Apparently our happiness was contagious because it didn’t take long for a guy to hit on Mary in a very bold way ha ha. She handled it like a lady and we definitely had a good laugh about the situation on the walk home especially in Rory’s reaction to the situation .. who couldn’t believe guys actually think that stuff works on a lady. But I was happy for Mary. She had really stepped out and made a connection with this city. It’s hard being in a new place but she had done it. She was l i v i n g. on the walk home Rory and I both saw a giant shooting star dance across the sky. It put me in the moment and I took a deep breath.

The next morning before we jumped on a plane back to the East Coast Mary brought us to a lovely Alemany Farmer’s Market to indulge in some of the authentic mexican food and fresh organic fruits and veggies! It was wonderous. To walk around in December in a sweatshirt picking out fresh fruits and veggies to purchase was quite surreal. I could definitely get used to that – it would be quite the luxury vs. the new englander’s half year of farming/eating fresh we get back home. I had the best fruit juice of my life at this market – a fresh cup of hibiscus juice… it was heaven in my mouth. Paired with the amazing cactus, egg, mole(pronounced mole ay) & freshly made tortilla… it was a beautiful thing. Little gifts & experiences that I am happy to have shared and look forward to again. Mary bought us some delicious mexican pastries for the plane ride home. As we were driving to the airport I was trying to let it all sink in… I thought above everything leading up to this very moment.

It was amazing to share the company of these two women who had traveled across the continent to gain new experience and knowledge about themselves. To realize that they took a chance and have flowered into who they are by doing so was inspiring. It’s a good reminder that we all must take those chances – to challenge ourselves in new and exciting ways – to grow, to experience new cultures and ideas and ways of living, to be open to all the possibilities and welcome change. Plus it just feels good to go somewhere new with no expectations except to gain knowledge and perspective. If we are able to do that we will surprise and inspire ourselves and I believe Cassi & Mary have done just that.

Thank you ladies for sharing this little piece of your journey (so far) with me.

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