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Reflecting on Departure: Leaving San Francisco Behind

With its breathtaking skyline and energetic vibe, San Francisco is loved by many people. Former resident and cultural critic Soleil Ho recently made the heartbreaking decision to leave the City by the Bay. She left with mixed feelings, based on both introspection and pragmatic reasons.

Ho remembers her time in San Francisco with nostalgia for the breathtaking views of the city, whether they are taken in from the top of Potrero Hill or through the narrow lanes of Lombard Street. She treasures the lively atmosphere of Dolores Park, the lengthy walks along Clement Street, and the sense of community she has with other inhabitants.

However, in addition to these treasured recollections, Ho openly admits the difficulties that led to her leaving. Her desire for new experiences and the high expense of living in San Francisco pushed her to look into other options.

She found an unexpected charm and strangeness in Berkeley that struck a deep chord with her. Berkeley provided a welcome diversion from the usual, with mysterious street performers and late-night restaurants that brought back memories of her hometown of New York City.

Ho discovered that Berkeley was a place where people were interested in learning and involved in the community. Having talks with locals, especially UC Berkeley students, exposed her to a variety of viewpoints and stories.

Ho may have left San Francisco behind, but she is still connected to it; she cherishes memories like as writing this very reflection at the Chronicle’s Mission Street office and occasionally catches a glimpse of the city’s skyline on her way to work.

Ho felt that leaving San Francisco was a deeply emotional choice, similar to saying goodbye to a beloved but demanding friend. But in Berkeley, she discovered a new chapter full of mystery and possibility. Ho agrees that even though she is leaving San Francisco behind, her love for the city will continue because of its physical proximity.

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