When I was seven years old I took my first trip to San Francisco. I instantly fell in love with this city and I knew that one day I would live here.
I’ve now lived here for seventeen years and it’s time to move on, so I will be relocating permanently to Utrecht at the end of January 2022.
Until that time I will of course still be holding sessions here in San Francisco and will continue to do so in the Netherlands.
I will miss this city so much and especially all the people here that I love. As cheesy as it sounds, I will definitely be leaving a piece of my heart in San Francisco.
Smiles and Spanks, Gin
P.S. I’ve received a lot of messages from people with a lot of the same questions. So I’ve just decided to answer them here:
Why are you leaving San Francisco? I still have a lot of love for San Francisco. I have a lot of beautiful memories here and I will really miss it, but in many ways I feel like this city has defeated me and I don’t want to live here anymore.
Street harassment has always been an issue for me and for a long time I told myself that it was normal. Just something I had to deal with if I wanted to walk around alone. But, it’s not normal and I realized earlier this year when I wrote the Just Walking post that I had to stop pretending that it was.
I don’t feel safe here and it’s only getting worse. I can’t walk home from the grocery store without some stranger following me and taking pictures of me. I can’t go jogging without someone yelling nasty things at me. I can’t ignore it anymore. As I said previously, it’s a frustrating situation because I know that there is nothing that I can do that will make the harassment stop. It’s not me that needs to change.
There is a lot of sadness here. Thousands of people living on the streets and living in encampments. It’s heartbreaking and overwhelming. As a volunteer I have tried so hard to help and I will continue to do so until I leave. This is still my home and I want to help in any way I can. I just wish I could have done more. It’s hard to believe how incredibly fucked up this place has gotten.
I am also really tired of having to step over garbage, feces, needles and humans on the streets. Plus, fire season is depressing and earthquakes are terrifying.
Are you still going to be NaturallyGin? I’m not going to stop being NaturallyGin just because I’m moving.
Are you still going to keep the blog up? Yes.
Why the Netherlands? Because I like it there.
Do you even speak Dutch? No, but I’m (slowly) learning. My SO is Dutch and my official translator.
Are you still holding sessions in San Francisco before you leave? Yes.
Are you keeping your apartment in San Francisco? No.
Who do you suggest I see in San Francisco for a spanking session? Josephine Drake.
Will you ever come back to San Francisco to visit and hold spanking sessions? Yes, I will. I don’t know when, but I will.
Will you ever move back to San Francisco or America? I don’t know.
Will you offer spanking sessions in the Netherlands? Yes, of course!