We have moved into our temporary furnished flat in Noe Valley. And it is so good to be home!
We decided to abandon our plan to live in New York for a couple of years. This is for a number of reasons, one of which is that if we stay here, then we foresee one more moving day in the future. I will still do research in New York, Boston, and Washington, but in multiple trips over the next couple of years. The first one will be to New York for four weeks beginning in late April. It will cost more, but after sixteen months as quasi-nomads, we are ready to settle down again. We got very lucky in our apartment search. We rented a flat in Noe Valley not far from where we are now. If you are not familiar with the terminology here, "flat" doesn't mean "apartment" as such. Here, a flat is a dwelling consisting of an entire floor of a residence building. So we have a 3 bedroom, 2 bath floor which is above another flat and a combined garage at street level. We get two parking spaces in that garage, lined up in tandem. We move in on January 2. Home!
Our new neighborhood is in this view from Twin Peaks toward the bay.
And of course, this marks the end of Walkabout 2010-2011. We will write a closing entry to this blog after we settle down and distill our thoughts. But an off-the-cuff thought of the moment, because we are often asked what was the best part of it? Antarctica was in a class by itself. I most enjoyed Cape Cod, Santiago de Chile, and our second stay in New York. In a way, I am sorry that we won't be living in New York for those two years. I hasten to add that overall, I still prefer Boston to New York and that I prefer San Francisco to either one, and to Paris and all the rest. Looking back on it, I wish we had spent more time in Buenos Aires than we did.
It has been a fun year and a half in our lives, but we know that we will have as much fun in our future as we have just had. Penny and I are lucky that way.