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Cherry Blossoms in San Francisco!




My friend Teresa flew in from Mexico City for a week-long vacation in the Bay Area. She’s a teacher and a writer with a love of books and travel. The last time we saw each other must have been at my farewell party in Condesa. It was wonderful to reunite and chat about everything–the good old days of pre-blog internet, the reasons behind why we settle/move, and the adventures yet to come.

I really love hosting out-of-town visitors, especially because it’s a perfect excuse to explore new neighborhoods. Teresa arrived just in time to catch the first weekend of the 2014 Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco. After a huge brunch, we walked by the Golden Gate Bridge, and headed into catch Japantown’s festivities.


Teresa snapped the above photo of me by the Golden Gate Bridge. Below are the adorable recuerdos she brought for me from Mexico City: a huizache-dyed scarf, Ricardo Liniers’s charmingly illustrated children’s book, and a handmade wallet.


Teresa basking in a plate of fried chicken & waffles (of course, smothered in hot sauce and syrup)!



Some places we visited, captured on Instagram (Top to Bottom):

1. Crown & Crumpet Tea Stop Cafe [x] 1746 Post Street, SF
2. Tan Tan Coffee Shop 1825 Post St, SF
3. New People Mini Mall [x] 1746 Post St, SF
4. Kinokuniya Book Store 1581 Webster St, SF
5. Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Cafe [x] 619 Market Street, SF
6. Enssaro [x] 366 Grand Ave, Oakland
7. City Lights Bookstore [x] 261 Columbus Ave, SF




“Not all those who wander are lost.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien


  • Reply
    Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
    April 27, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    It looks like a fun visit! I have a cousin who lives in San Francisco and I really need to visit sometime. It looks lovely!

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    April 27, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    That looks like so much fun!! I’ve only been to San Francisco once, but from my experience (and your pictures!) it definitely seems like a place I could live 🙂

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    Jane Y.
    April 28, 2014 at 7:35 am

    such beautiful captures! and my husband wants to move to the bay area so much. the more pictures i see of the area, i can see why. i’ve only been to SF once, and it was literally a short stop, but i’m itching to put it on our travel wish list 🙂

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    April 28, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    So beautiful! I am completely envious that you live where cherry blossoms bloom! mmm, now i’m craving sakura mochi and tea! 😉

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    April 29, 2014 at 1:33 am

    You must be a beautiful host and guide Sewon 🙂
    love this post so much…i think San Francisco is one of the cities that attract me the most in the US!

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    April 29, 2014 at 10:57 am

    San Francisco!! Definitely one of those places I plan on visiting one day, if my friends have anything to say about it. Hope all is continuing to go well xx

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    April 30, 2014 at 8:17 am

    So many people tell me San Fran is awesome, but I’ve never had the chance to go – some day!

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    Teresa Mestizo
    April 30, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    haha, it’s impossible to keep a straight face in such a fun city! what a visit, sewon! it was so good to catch up, to get to know all the great little corners of your current home 🙂 i loved every minute of it — thankyouthankyouthankyou! we’ll meet again, for sure! i’m certainly looking forward to seeing your next adventure 🙂 but do drop by mexico city for a visit anytime! it would be lovely to explore new places with you in this colourful mess of a place 😀 love!

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    May 1, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I had no idea there was a cherry blossom festival in S.F.! 😀 That city just keeps getting better and better. I really enjoyed the cherry blossoms back here in your homeland though.

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    May 5, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Oh I always like to show around out-of-town-people in Amsterdam too. There are so many fun places to visit and places still to explore. The food you guys had looks amazing. And a Cherry Blossom festival sounds great!

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    Winnie (@diamondcanopy)
    May 11, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    This is so dreamy. You make me want to book flights asap over to SF! I’ve always wanted to visit. The cherry blossom festival sounds awesome too!

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    Christine | 8 rue Caffarelli
    May 17, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Ohh my, the Bay Area is so gorgeous!! I haven’t been there since I was a kid but I would love to go back sometime soon!

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    June 14, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Beautiful photos as always… and the Crown and Crumpet cafe looks perfectly adorable!

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    linn london
    July 6, 2014 at 6:05 am

    I’m dying to go to san fran, looks so dreamy

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    July 22, 2014 at 7:10 am

    lovely photos, as always. didn’t know that san fran had a cherry blossom fest!

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