Hi, I'm Sarah, and I just started working for The Bold Italic. I've lived in the Bay Area for five years – five long years. And while that might seem like a significant amount of time to spend anywhere – I've learned that there's never an end to new things worth discovering in the Bay.
When I first moved to the Bay Area from LA I had already signed up to attend UC Berkeley. Little did I know what an adventure surviving Cal would be. Four years, five apartments, 20 protests, and countless final papers later, I graduated in May 2012 with degrees in English and History. Then I did what any recent Cal graduate with a seemingly useless humanities degree and no money does – I moved to Oakland.
I love Oakland. It's truly a fun city with constant excitement and a myriad of amazing things to do. I frequent Boxing for Health, an old school sparring gym in the Grand Lake area, I'm obsessed with Flavor Brigade, a small Italian shaved ice shop in the Dimond District, and I insist that the Ike's in downtown Oakland is better and Sinaloa tacos on International are the best outside of LA. I also love Bay Area Free Book Exchange, a completely free book shop in El Cerrito, Willard Park in Berkeley, and I'm not afraid to rent a paddle boat on Lake Merritt, despite what toxins make it stink.
Before I worked for The Bold Italic I spent a year writing for The Huffington Post, I scooped gourmet ice cream at Ici in Berkeley, I toured hundreds of people around the UC Berkeley campus, and I lived in Rome and travelled around Europe for six months.
Now, I'm the newest editorial intern for The Bold Italic, and I've decided that there's nowhere else I'd rather be than the Bay – (Hardly Strictly Bluegrass alone could have convinced me of this). I'm excited to spend the next four months discovering things in San Francisco and the East Bay that I never knew about. And while I do miss the LA sun most days, I learned that SF's fog is just as beautiful.