Saturday, November 08, 2008

An ode to a city

When I last visited San Francisco I likened it to a commercial on TV for Luizzianne Iced Tea where this old man on a rocking chair talks about how his whole life he drank Lipton and refused to try something different and one day he accidentally drank Luizzianne. He said, "Boy was it good... kinda makes you question your whole life"

This time in San Francisco, I felt this way, but doubly so. Perhaps because this time I visited less as a tourist and more as a faux resident, eating at the local haunts smoking shisha with established residents of the town. I felt briefly what life could be like in a city that is not only stunning in its natural beauty, efficient with its transportation, but also at one with my views on life, and people who are genuinely open down to earth with whom good conversation just flowed naturally. A community I could actually relate to. When I walk down Polk street, or slip into a coffee shop to lounge as the rain subsides, I wonder, would it be this magical if I lived here always?

Don't get me wrong. My city is better than than many I've lived in before. But still- there is a heavy loneliness in my heart in my hometown, a desire to connect and be understood, not by one person here and there, the fleeting jewels of solace in this isolating city, but instead by a community of brethren, open minded and active with large dreams that I wish to share in, to help with, to learn from, and grow from.

Maybe one day life will present a circumstance that will enable me someday call San Francisco my home, but if home is where the heart is, then perhaps San Francisco you're already it.

"No city invites the heart to come to life as San Francisco does. Arrival in San Francisco is an experience in living"~William Saroyan


Living Away said...

i heart long ago that living in a city where we spend our vacation time is the faster way to kill it's enchantment!

rickshawdiaries said...

Salaams dearest Aisha,

Let me assure you that her magic never wanes. After 6 years in The Most Beautiful City on Earth (aka San Francisco), she still makes my heart skip a beat and my soul thrill at the view from the top of every hill!

A beautiful ode to what is your home away from home now - and, I hope, will be your homebase soon :)


Anonymous said...

I heart SF too!

Suroor said...

Lovely! Makes me want to visit it.

mystic said...

Jese lahore lahore hai,
SF SF hai

yasmine said...

sanfrancisco sends you much love and sunshine and highfives! am so sorry we didn't get to meet up this time - but it looks like our City here has trapped your heart a bit. please come back. i promise you gelato - and that rockstar entourage of your very own, that you've always wanted. =)

and i've been in the bay, and away, and back again - and yes, it is always this magical.

Aisha said...

Living away, good point, I realized that about Hawaii but as Yaz and Baraka point out, SF really is a place all its own :)

Baraka, insh'allah!

Anon, :)

Suroor, you really should!

Mystic, Lahore is a city I have yet to visit. One day I pray.

Yasmine, I knoooow I wish we could've met again. A rockstar entourage. Aw man! I can't wait! :)

pixie said...

It is a wonderful city. I would move there in a heartbeat if DH didn't hate Cali so much.:(

Maleeha said...

Wish you could have met up Aisha. But it looks like you might be back again, since you left your heart here :) Make sure you call me when you do! Would love to host you.

Aisha said...

Pixie, hate California?! Sacrilige!! Why? The earthquakes and such or the distance from family?

Maleeha, I know! Baraka spoke highly of you (not that its any surprise :)). Will definitely give you advance notice next time we come. Are you guys settling there then?

Emma Clery said...

I just stumbled upon this blog and it made me so happy! I am planning to move to San Francisco right after college (actually, my roommate and I that write a blog together are going to do San Fran together!) and this made me more excited. We can't wait to get away from the East Coast, and not only for our blog's sake.

Aisha said...

Glad to hear it! :) Lucky you to take the plunge!! I hope you have a great time there but be forewarned, the prices there for things are a bit steep, I guess its because everyone wants to live there.

Just Jane said...

I love San Francisco. There truly is no other city in the world like it. It has a vibe all its own. I haven't been back since my grandma died. To me it will always belong to her. If we could afford it (it is VERY expensive to live there after all) we would have moved there yesterday.

Aisha said...

Jane, I remember you telling me that your grandmother lived in SF. If I recall correctly near Coit Tower? You are right its VERY pricey to live there. We were brought back down to reality after coming back home and researching the housing market. We'd have to earn A LOT more to live in a house there as opposed to a small square cardboard box.

Maleeha said...

Aisha, yup we're here for good, for now. We're not actually in SF, about an hour south in Silicon Valley. A bit more suburban, but my husband's job is down here. I totally love the city though.

Anonymous said...

Hi! just passing through...I have never been to San Fran, but since I was a little kid watching my Full House, it has been one of the top places I want to visit :) Im glad you enjoyed your time there.

Aisha said...

Maleeha, I see, if we ever move we might be outside the city too, its a bit pricey too :)

Anon, welcome to the blog and thanks for dropping a comment as you passed by :)

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