Huayna Picchu Before Dawn

Still Life in San Francisco is a journal of observations and sketches from an American expatriate writer and English professor. This blog is part travel journal and part resource for fellow travelers. The writer also has an interest in food, hiking, travel, and fitness.

The author and her husband moved to South America to learn Spanish and become familiar with Argentine culture in February, 2008. After Argentina, they lived in Santiago de Chile from January to June 2009, visited Cape Town, South Africa, in September 2009, and lived in Bangkok, Thailand, January through April 2010. They have put down roots for the time being and currently live in San Francisco, California.

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20 responses to “About

  1. I’m really interested to hear about your experience working for AWP 2002 in Chicago. What was it like? Did you meet any high-brow authors or hear any kick-ass readings? And what do you write? Short story, novel, CNF? Just curious. Are you finding time to write? No, I didn’t make it to the Chicago AWP. I had just moved to Portland from Burkina Faso, totally shell-shocked and excited. Anyway, keep writing. Peace, Blessings,


  2. I just discovered your blog through From Argentina With Love. I’m so happy I found it!

    Thanks for your message, Matt.

  3. Just want to say it was great to meet you today surrounded by tango music, and warm embraces. I hope we will have more chance to chat another time.
    And as you know I am always in the same place late Monday afternoons and it will be lovely to share a table with you again.
    Meanwhile I will keep reading your blog!
    Hugs SC

    Thanks for the kind words, Sally. I’m glad we could finally meet and look forward to our next chat. 🙂

  4. Tomoko

    Hola, Soy Tomoko.
    Yo leì los articulos de esta pàgina de Web.

    Inglés no es mi lengua materna. Pero podìa entender lo que quieres comunicar. Gracias por tus articulos, yo puedo cultivar un mejor entendimiento de Buenos Aires.

    Hola Tomoko,

    Muchisimas gracias por visitando el sitio!

    Un abrazo grande–

  5. Wow, you’re so brave to move in the name of learning a new language! I’ve been browsing through your blog and really enjoying it. From the entries here, it appears as if you’ve adjusted just fine. 🙂 And I love hearing about your experiences over there–like “Aunt Marge” I will likely never get there in person, so it’s fun to experience it vicariously!

    Thanks for your kind comments, Ricki.

  6. Hi! I found your blog through a link from another expat blog that I read. I find your posts well-written and interesting to read, and I’d like to add you to my blog roll so I can continue reading!

    I’ll be moving to Argentina some time next year to be with my Argentine boyfriend. I recently started a blog too, and I hope you’ll consider taking a look.

    I’m looking forward to more posts.


    Thanks for your comment, Katie. You must be excited to arrive. 🙂

  7. Hi! Great blog! Wanna swap links? I’ve just added yours to http://www.cachandochile.com.

    Sure–you have a lot of great information.


  8. So nice reading about what you’ve been up to! Hope you guys are doing well. When are you coming back? xoxo

    I miss you! Hopefully we will visit this S.A. winter, fingers crossed.

  9. laura


    my name is Laura. i am from Spain and live in Florida. i enjoy so much with your blog!!!!!

    thank you

    Thank you, Laura!

  10. thanks so much for your comment on my post yesterday! i’m so happy to have found yours – as a travel lover and writer as well, i’m really looking forward to reading more of your thoughts!

    Thanks Leslie. 🙂

  11. Deya

    Hi, I am Mexican and recently moved to Chile. I read you are no longer living in Chile, but I would truly appreciate if you could pass me please the contact and info of the hiking groups you know here in Santiago. I want to find a hiking group and have not found any.

    Thank you so much!

    Hi Deya,

    Thanks for your message. I recommend the Club Alemán Andino DAV http://www.dav.cl/ if you are a serious hiker. Good luck!

  12. Hi! I love your blog! I was in South America for a month in April/May and loved it, I can’t wait to go back to BA. South Africa is on my list as well so I can’t wait to read more about it. Best of luck with the move. Kirsten

  13. Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed South America. I’ll check out your blog as well.


  14. CB

    I think your blog is fantastic and I’d love if you’d please add a link to your blog from my South America expat website here http://www.gosouthexpat.com/argentina-expat-links.html so everyone else can enjoy it too!

    P.S. They hyrax is the closest know relative of the ELEPHANT – My six-year old loved your article and wants you should know that’s what his animal encyclopedia says 🙂

  15. Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful blog. I have traveled extensively around South America, and all over beautiful Argentina in particular. Your blog really captures the Argentinian spirit and amazing culture.

    Thanks and keep up the great writing!

    Rick en Nueva York
    The Community-Driven Online Spanish Dictionary

  16. Jessica

    Hi, there:

    I don’t know if you already saw this, but in case you hadn’t I wanted to let you know that your blog was listed as one of the best expat blogs in this BootsnAll article:


    Keep up the good work. 🙂


  17. Thanks so much Jessica! I am honored to be included.

  18. i always love to catch up with old friends…thanks for the comment on my blog. e-mail with more details!

  19. Beautiful and inspiring blog. Congrats for being one of the top 15 expat blogs!

    I am launching a new tango site that I thought you might be interested in, especially since you are in Buenos Aires. We are also planning a contest for next week so check out our site or send me an email and I’ll send you the details. Gracias!

  20. Debo decirte que por solo haber vivido en Sur America por un ano tu espanol es divino! Es muy intereste leer sobre otros paises. Bueno ahora regreso a la lectura. Tienes muchas historias interestantes.

    Un fuerte abrazo,

    Gracias, Elisa!

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