What does a city mean to its inhabitants? For most I suspect the city is a backdrop — a set-piece on which to experience life. For some, the city resonates more directly with their psyche; rather than a collection of experiences, the city resolves to a single inexpressible emotion. Each new city begets a new emotion — the raw sensation of being there.

These are my last days in San Francisco, a city that resonates strongly with me. I’ll miss it. But I hear that this place ain’t half bad, either.