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In our InterNations Recommended Blog section we let you take the spotlight! Expat life in general is, of course, a perfect breeding ground for great, user-generated reads, and life in San Francisco makes no exception. Take your time and browse the great blogs showcased in this article!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to San Francisco, etc.

It’s always hard for me to talk about myself, but I’ll try my best. I’m a self-taught textile artist that came from South of the Border, more concise, from the Yucatan Peninsula, the land of the Mayan ruins, beautiful turquoise blue beaches and wonderful food. I decided to move to SF in the summer of 1994.

When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?

I decided it was the time to start sharing my experiences and discoveries working with textiles in December of 2008.

Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?

I think I like them all, but I really enjoyed blogging and showing some of my pictures about my wanderings around the Sacred Valley in Peru, famous for its textiles: Market day in Pisac and Pictures from Peru.

Tell us about the ways your new life in San Francisco differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?

I love Yucatan, the people, the food, and the terrain. There will always be a special place in my heart for this wonderful land, the place where I was born and raised, but I fell immediately in love with the beauty of the SF Bay Area and the progressive thinking of the majority of the people I have met. I felt at home from the beginning. The hardest challenge that I faced was the cold weather that permeates most of the year.

Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in San Francisco? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?

I always liked traveling and having adventures, so I was aware and mentally prepared for something different and for the unexpected, which to me is a little scary and exciting.

Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?

I had some funny experiences with my accent. One of them was when I was trying to explain to a person what my husband does for a living. I was having a hard time explaining that my husband is a birdwatcher and that he takes people on bird watching tours around Central America but what the person thought I was saying was that he is a beer watcher and that he takes people around Central America in search of “rare beers”!

Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in San Francisco?

  • Bring a lot of warm clothes, because SF can be cold all year.
  • Take the time to explore all the wonderful neighborhoods since they are all very different.
  • Look, listen and be open to learning.

How is the expat community in San Francisco? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?

I didn’t have the experience of meeting a community of expats since I live in a small fishing town north of SF, on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, but I live in a community where the residents still say “hi” and “good morning” when I walk to the market or the Post Office.

How would you summarize your expat life in San Francisco in a single, catchy sentence?

It hasn’t been all easy as I’ve had my ups and downs, but like all changes in life, there has been a time for adjustments, and I’m still adjusting in so many ways, but definitely it hasn’t been boring at all!

Raul Gonzales

"Thanks to InterNations, I quickly found useful tips of where to search for a flat. And I met great global minds at the same time."

Li Wang

"As I already connected with several Chinese women before moving to San Francisco, I quickly felt at home here."

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