Until my jobs start, I have a bit of free time, so Honza and I went up to Lake Tahoe on Friday to stay with my cousin Ilan at the Stanford family camp where he’s been working for the summer. It was absolutely wonderful—we got to hike in Desolation Valley and swim in isolated, clear, cold Lake Suzie, go out to the Brewery, drive by Emerald Bay, explore Tallac Historic Site and go canoeing out on Fallen Leaf Lake. I felt slightly guilty about all my East coast friends in the hurricane area dealing with terrible storms. I’m crossing my fingers for everyone.
Yesterday Honza and I walked from the Embarcadero in SF all the way to Ocean Beach. We passed by the J-pop festival in Japantown and dressed up as samurais, visited my high school, ate pieroshkies from a Russian/Georgian bakery, witnessed a Russian Orthodox wedding, climbed around the old Sutro Baths ruins and walked along the Cliff House and then ate Chinese food with my family back in the East Bay.
Missing all my German and Czech friends, though, and thinking of them fondly!