FAQ: The Babautas Moving from San Francisco
We’re moving today (5/23/2014) from San Francisco to Davis, California.
Q: Why are you guys leaving SF?
Leo: We absolutely love San Francisco â€¦ itâ€™s probably our favorite city in the world. However, we have a sick family member in Sacramento who is getting worse, and itâ€™s best for us to be near him to help care for him. Davis is about 20 minutes from the relative, and I also have a son who lives in Davis, so itâ€™s a good move for our family.
Q: Does that mean you wonâ€™t be in San Francisco?
Leo: Iâ€™ll be back in the city regularly. I canâ€™t stay away.
Q: Will you guys still be car-free?
Leo: Unfortunately, no. We adore being car-free. And Davis is an amazing place for biking. But itâ€™s just too hard to transport groceries and a bunch of other things with a family of our size. I know it can be done, and others better than me have done it. But we also have to be driving to Sacramento multiple times a week, going back to SF, and so on. So we already have a small minivan. However, being vegan offsets having a car, environmentally. :)
Q: What will you miss most?
Leo: My friends. Which is why Iâ€™m coming back to the city regularly, so I donâ€™t allow our relationships to fade away. I also really love the vegan restaurants in SF, but to be honest I mostly eat at home so this wonâ€™t be a big change. The people in SF are also incredible â€” healthy and passionate and mindful and tolerant. More of all of those qualities than anywhere else Iâ€™ve ever been. But Iâ€™m practicing letting go of the things I hold onto most dearly (except my family â€” thatâ€™s Master level perhaps? :) â€¦ and I think this is good practice for me.
This is good practice for my family too, adjusting to a new home, expanding their comfort zone.
Q: What are you looking forward to in Davis?
Leo: My kids can ride their bikes around the neighborhood, and I hope to ride a bike more. Thereâ€™s lots of sun, and trails nearby, a good farmerâ€™s market, and Iâ€™ll be near my 16-year-old son more (Iâ€™ve only been seeing him on weekends until now).