8 Reasons I’ll Miss Living in the Bay Area

Why I'll Miss Living in the Bay Area
[Views of the Bay from an airplane]
So contrary to what you may believe from my last post about why I WON’T miss living in the Bay Area, there are actually plenty of things I love about the Bay, too. I lived there for about 23 years in total, so of course there are things I really appreciate about the Bay!

Here’s what I’ll miss the most:

THE FOCUS ON THE ENVIRONMENT

Trees in Sunol Regional Wilderness Area in Cailfornia near the Bay Area
[People really care about the trees here]
I know there are other places like this, but the Bay really does focus on environmental education and issues (at least in my opinion – or maybe I’m just surrounded by those people more since I was working for an environmental nonprofit?). It does feel like a happy little environmentally conscious bubble, which I love!

People are generally all about health here, too. It’s not as juice-cleansy as LA, but most people love their Whole Foods, farmers markets, yoga, etc.

BEING IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO A VARIETY OF LANDSCAPES

Half Dome in Yosemite National Park in Cailfornia
[Yosemite is only about a 3.5 hour drive away from the Bay – my friends and I did a day trip and it was so worth it]
You’re about an hours drive (or less!) from the beach, close to (or living in) San Francisco, and have all kinds of beautiful forests within arms’ reach! It’s SO EASY to take a fun weekend trip or day trip to a ton of different destinations. You can drive to Yosemite but also the coast. The city but also the forest. Wine country or Tahoe to get your snow fix. I’ll definitely miss the variety!

THE DIVERSITY

Growing up, I was (and still am) surrounded by sooo many different ethnicities and cultures. It’s been a beautiful thing to live so close to so many different types of people.

I think that it made me a more open-minded person and I learned so much about different cultures. I am very appreciative of that. I like that people in the Bay are generally pretty non-judgmental (at least the people I’ve come across) – no one really cares what you look like or where you came from.

Of course, I say this as a white girl, but my POC friends have said the same. Many say they’ll never leave because they feel so comfortable/welcome there.

BEING CLOSE TO AIRPORTS

Plane flying over mountains
[Being close to so many airports means I can fly to cool places without spending a fortune]
There are 3 main airports in the Bay: San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland. This has been sooo nice since I love to travel, and has allowed me to easily shop around for the cheapest ticket. Usually it ends up being San Francisco, but now that Norwegian flies out of Oakland, I’ve been choosing that airport more!

THE WEATHER

San Jose, California weather forecast in February is in the 50's fahrenheit
[The weather forecast for San Jose in mid-February; keep in mind, other places in the Bay can be totally different – San Francisco is pretty much always foggy – but usually never dips below 50 F (10 C) during the day, no matter what time of year!]
Ok, ok, I know I shat on the weather in my last post, but it IS nice that it’s still sunny and in the 60’s F (about 15 C) in December.

Sunol Regional Wilderness Park near the Bay Area in California
[It’s kinda nice when you can go hiking in December and it looks like this outside; Sunol Regional Wilderness Park]
Like I can still run outside without freezing to death, the farmer’s market happens all year round, I don’t have to put on 48734934 layers to check the mail, don’t have to deal with the annoyances that snow can bring, don’t have to drive in shitty weather (although when it does rain here, ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE), don’t have to own a super warm winter coat, don’t need to worry about my car freezing in the winter (or whatever it is that happens to your car in colder climates),…etc.

ALL MY FOOD SPOTS

Santa Fe Taqueria in San Jose, CA
[Santa Fe has the best carne asada fries – I just ask for mine without the carne asada though, haha – they come with guacamole, sour cream, cheese, and salsa and are the BOMB]
There is sooooo much GOOD MEXICAN FOOD IN THE BAY AREA!!!! I will miss that so much. There isn’t much in Europe (at least not that I’ve found).

My Canadian friend and I had a very disturbing convo about this. He said he didn’t like Mexican food that much (we’re actually no longer friends lol jk) and then when I asked if he’d ever had real Mexican food, he told me that there’s a Chipotle around the corner from his work (HUGE RED FLAG AND I HAVE SHUNNED HIM EVER SINCE. Lol jk, we traveled through Greece and then met up in Abisko, but I have yet to show him ACTUAL delicious Mexican food).

And if you’re a foodie, the Bay is the place to be! As far as I’m concerned, we have pretty much every type of food that’s ever existed. And most of it is really, really GOOD.

Plus In-N-Out. There’s that. If you’re a vegetarian, get the Grilled Cheese Animal Style (although you can also get your regular burger Animal Style). And get a side of Animal Style Fries. Thank me later.

BEING SURROUNDED BY MOUNTAINS

Mountains make for pretty sunsets in San Jose, California
[The mountains in the distance make for some pretty sunsets]
I love the mountains surrounding the bay. They make for some great sunsets and I just love me a good hill. I visited the midwest when I was younger and it was so unsettling to look around and just see flatness. And more flatness. WHERE WERE THE MOUNTAINS?! I honestly don’t think I could ever live somewhere long term that didn’t have them!

There are plenty of mountains in lots of other places, too. But I just thought this would be a noteworthy thing to point out that’s awesome about the bay!

THE CONVENIENCE

I suppose this is probably a thing that most big cities have in common, but you can get pretty much anything in the Bay. And, there are usually multiple stores all around so you don’t have to go very far. It’s pretty easy to find something to accommodate your needs. And chain stores (i.e. Target, Whole Foods) have sooo many locations, so you never have to drive too far (although you’ll most likely be sitting in traffic for a good part of it anyway, haha).

The Golden Gate Bridge at Baker Beach in the Bay Area in San Francisco, California
[Baker Beach is always a great place to get a shot of the Golden Gate Bridge]
And so, as much as I complain about the Bay Area, I’ll definitely miss it, too! And my friends and family of course, but I felt like including that on this list was a cop out. It’s definitely going to be tough – most of my friends from high school (and college!) and parents are still in the Bay, and my cousin and her boyfriend literally JUST moved there in July…

But at least I know I’ll have places to stay when I come back and visit!

The Bay Area from the plane window
[Check out that view tho]

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