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1. Posted by chinx (Budding Member 53 posts) 9y

hi!!!! i´ve got a job as an spanish teacher in a state school in hillsborough, 18 miles from san francisco, and i don´t know if i wanna go!!!!
i´m from madrid(spain) i´ve got a good job here , lot of fun going out.......
is a really good city san francisco as everyone says?
thanks in advance

2. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 9y


San Francisco is an amazing city.......metropolitan, multicultural, really good seafood.....

The only downside is the cost of living. Well, that, and the fog.....but more importantly, it is an expensive place to live. Rents, food, especially gasoline if you are driving, can all take a large bite out of your paycheck. Nonetheless, I would highly recommend San Francisco.

There are a number of resources to help you decide. Try Googling the Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce.....that's usually a good start. Talk to the people that offered you the job....they should have a good idea of living expenses there.

Remember too, the weather is not quite like Madrid. It can stay cool and rainy for days at a time, but then the sun comes out and it's glorious. Try a weather website for the area (for example in San Francisco), and they can give you an idea of the climate.

Still, sounds like an adventure!!! Have fun deciding.

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Hi Chinx,

I abolsutely LOVED San Fransisco. It's got a really chilled out vibe, great clothes shops! and a fantastic nightlife. Anyone I know who's ever visited there has really liked it, so I bet you will too.

Plus everything beerman said

4. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

San Fran really is a gorgeous place... I'd definately give it a go and enjoy the adventure

If you're really unsure, then perhaps talk to your current employer and see if you can take an unpaid 'leave of absence' to go to San Fran for a few months and try it out... If you don't like it and want to return to Madrid, then at least you'll have a good job to come back to. It's always good to have a back up plan!

5. Posted by nvbirdman (Budding Member 42 posts) 9y

Do it! If you don't do it now the opportunity may never come again, and ten years from now you'll be asking yourself "Why didn't I go?"
As far as the cost of living, you won't get rich, but they will of course pay you a living wage so what's the problem?
For the climate, the winters are fairly warm, but remember what Mark Twain said "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco". Actually the weather is mild all year.

6. Posted by hillis (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

Just know that Hillsborough and San Francisco are very different places. You'll probably have a much better time if you live in SF and work in Hillsborough. There are BART and CalTrain trains that will take you between the two, so you won't need a car unless your workplace is far from one of the train stations. I would suggest looking for a place to stay that is near either a BART or a CalTrain station -- that would make your life a lot easier.

Don't be afraid of coming to SF, either. It's a beautiful, welcoming city with all types of people. There's almost no chance you'll have a bad time there.

7. Posted by chinx (Budding Member 53 posts) 9y

thanks a lot for your help i think i´ll go for it!!!!1