Strangers in San Francisco

Angela Li

"Toronto, huh? Seems like a cool place to be."

"Not really."

"Why do you say that?"

"There's nothing for me there. My dream is to move to San Francisco."

Having spent my entire life in the Bay Area, there are times I feel like I’ve seen it all. A substantial portion of my childhood consisted of getting the staple $5 bowl haircut from a Chinatown barbershop and then running to the park right after to chase pigeons.  Growing older, I enjoyed the little San Francisco pleasures like my annual “holy sh*t, it’s actually sunny outside” picnic at Dolores Park, overlooking the city from the top of Mount Davidson, and grabbing hangover pho at Kevin's Noodle House. Somewhere along the way, I became desensitized to the everyday beauty of this city I call home.

Just this week, I had the pleasure of showing my friend Angela around as she was in town for a job interview. Angela and I started conversing some months ago through Instagram as her punny username (@heckvetica) caught my eye. A few months' worth of exchanging fire emoji comments and a six-hour flight later, we found ourselves walking through the pouring rain to meet up for an #aesthetic cup of coffee. Wandering along with someone who was taking in the city with a pair of fresh eyes reminded me how fortunate I am to live in such a hustling, exciting place.

As someone who previously despised sight-seeing (and extended periods of walking), what "gets" me with photography is that it gives me a reason to venture out and do things I otherwise wouldn't have the reason to do. Whether it's exercising my sub-par social skills or flexing my creative muscles, it is one of the best ways I've found to push myself out of my comfort zone on a regular basis. With that being said, I have the internet to thank for putting me in touch with cool people like Angela from all around the globe.

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