During my stay in San Francisco this summer I had the chance to go to a bunch of different festivals and street fairs that really gave me a taste for the San Francisco way of life. I spent my first full day in California at the Haight Street Fair with a bunch of interns and also went to the Fillmore Jazz Festival a bit further into my stay. I absolutely loved them. The food, the atmosphere; just spectacular.

ApplesYesterday a bunch of friends and I went to the Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival. It was kind of disappointing because it wasn’t nearly as impressive as the San Francisco festivals, but at the same time, it made me so “homesick”! It made me realize how much I grew to love the city and how much I want to go back! Seeing as Ithaca is, in some senses, a scaled-down version of some parts of San Francisco, it really wasn’t hard to evoke memories of the summer. Even some of the smells were similar!

While I did manage to have a good time, mostly because I was in the company of friends, which wasn’t always the case this summer, I’m still trying to push the thought of hopping on a plane to SFO out of my head. Last year if I were to have gone to the Apple Festival, I would have thought it was the coolest thing on Earth, but now that I’ve had a taste of what these things can really be like, I’m having a harder time appreciating the smaller-scaled versions here at school.

The good news in all of this is that I’m 100% certain of where I want to be when I finish college. I want to be in California. I want to be near San Francisco and the Silicon Valley. And most of all, I want it to be less than 1 3/4 years away.