March 4th, 2015 1:40 PM
Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA
Wait was that her in the corner of my eye?
Yeah it was Maria.
We exchanged greetings.
Next to us was Blue Bottle Coffee, one of the best local coffee chains in the city. I quickly ordered a hot coffee to get myself ready for awesome conversation. I kindly offered her a coffee as well but she politely declined.
We continued to discuss her astonishment about San Francisco and the joy she found residing in an amazing city for a couple of weeks. Luckily one of her friends was able to stay for a work related visit and she decided to make that her opportunity to come to the city.
It is unbelievable to see her passion about San Francisco because she gives a magical-like vibe about what she saw around the city.
She truly loved Haight-Ashbury. The grittiness and weirdness of that area pulsates through wanderer’s hearts. She was one of them.
It was amazing to hear her stories about being an online tutor that teaches Spanish. I was amazed because it came from someone so passionate about living a life that allows you to see places and travel quite often.
Her ability to teach others is what impressed most because it felt so genuine when she spoke about her desire to teach to others in person again. She liked the whole Skype session type of classes yet missed the real, authentic experience.
As we walked past AT&T park, home of the San Francisco Giants, we stumbled upon a very interesting conversation about culture.
It was about where you draw the line between the concept of independence and finding your own definition of independence. It was something that had been on my mind for a while as well and she clarified so much to me by giving her view about it. A good portion of people in her city didn’t move out until they got married.
She defined independence on her own terms. This allowed her to combine her desire to help people and travel around the world. It was very inspiring to hear about how she was able to combine teaching others another language while living a nomadic dream.
It was amazing to meet Maria because she helped me regain great perspective about so many topics. She revived the novelty and wonder that I had taken for granted by living around the area for so long.
Something as simple as a 90 minute walk around San Francisco with a lovely person transformed into regained astonishment.
Thank you Maria.
If you would like to learn Spanish and were interested in an online tutor, check out her website, Maria Ortega Garcia.