San Francisco, my first american city
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July 12th, 2008 – by: lamadude
San Francisco was the first real city I visited in the United States, and I'm guessing it isn't really a great city to go to if you want to see "the typical american city." (if such a thing even exists) I stayed in Berkeley for nearly two weeks, and although there was a lot of hanging around in Berkeley we obviously went to San Francisco a lot.
The first thing I noticed after landing at SFO was the road network, super-wide highways going around the city and on top of each other everywhere. I remember being slightly freaked out because the "only overtake cars in lanes to the right of you" rule doesn't seem to apply in the US. After that we went on the huge Bay bridge on our way to Berkeley.
So, San Francisco itself, I don't really know where to begin. The center of the city is just filled with landmarks, which, although we tried to avoid the super-touristy stuff such as fishermans wharf is still something that we had to see. Upon passing fishermans wharf I remembered I had passed there thousands of times before in the San Francisco level of the game Tony Hawk pro skater 4, pretty strange :) Looking into the bay I saw Alcatraz, which of course immediately brought back memories from the movie The Rock.
Other things we went to do in SF was of course ride the famous cable cars (most people didn't want to because it was "too touristy" but I did it anyway and have no regrets) I also visited the Museum of Modern Art which had a great collection. We went to see the Spanish district "The Mission" where people were openly smoking weed yet hiding their budweiser in brown paper bags, what a strange country :) And had a walk through the Haight-Ashbury streets. I met another american friend from Connecticut who just happened to be in SF that week and we walked through golden gate park, where for some reasons all the animals loved me and the squirels where climbing up to my shoulders. Wow, we did so many things, oh! another typically american thing we absolutely wanted to do was go see a baseball game.
So all in all, San Francisco may not be the typical American city, but it sure is an amazing place. Compared to the other Californian cities I saw that month I loved the liberal atmosphere and the great public transport, basically I loved everything about it except for the weather :-)
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