Four Days in San Francisco
I was attending UX Week Conference in San Francisco recently and decided to stay in the city for a few extra days just to explore it a bit.
One of the things that I’ve learned about San Francisco pretty quickly is that it’s a cold and foggy city. It was about +30C in Toronto when I left. In San Francisco it’s about +15C right now, plus wind.
I had to buy scarf on the first day I was here. I even considered buying boots and a jacket. I’ve heard similar stories from the tourists at the hotel too. I guess I was in a denial when I was planning my trip, because my brother warned me about the weather here.
To me, California has been always associated with the sun, ocean, palm trees and hot weather. Total stereotype! I guess that’s the same how people in North America stereotype Russia, as a cold country. The tour guide was joking today that the only time you see people from San Francisco go to the beach is when they forgot why they didn’t go to the beach for a long time. Basically, they are not beach people.
I think my favorite spots in San Fransisco so far are the Union Square and the Fisherman’s Wharf. Btw, locals use SF or the City, and not San Fransisco or San Fran, when referring to their city. If you say San Fran, they’ll know you are not local.
Union Square is very lively with somethings always going on there. There is a nice coffee shop right on the square, free wi-fi, stops for all tour buses and you can see some street performers there as well.
I caught a really cool band playing tonight at the corner of Geary and Powell, near Union Square. They were really good, and the crowd, especially homeless guys, were dancing and cheering them with such enthusiasm – it was fun to watch! I recorded 3 songs on my iPhone. Check them out on my YouTube channel.
I’ve never seen trees with huge yellow flowers, like those on the photo below, taken on Union Square. I don’t know what they are called, but they are absolutely beautiful and the flowers smell incredibly good.
In the evening they put huge screen and project movies for everyone to see. The square was still full of people around 10:00 pm when I was leaving.
Fisherman’s Wharf and the Peer is a nice waterfront area where you can walk for a long time. It’s pretty busy and chaotic there, but fun at the same time. It’s a good place to do some shopping and to get a good seafood dinner. While strolling through Fisherman’s Wharf, I stumbled upon an art gallery of amazing landscape photographer Rodney Lough Jr.
San Francisco core has about 800,000 people. Because it’s so expensive to live in the cite, apparently, about 3 million people community to work from suburbs every day. For the same reason, I heard, the city has more dogs than kids. When people decide to start a family, they usually have to move to a cheaper area outside downtown.
Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most photographed landmarks in the world. I visited it twice – once late in the evening, when it was quite foggy and then the next day when it was sunny, so you could see the whole bridge and the other side of the San Francisco Bay.
You can walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, though its quite windy there. There is even net been placed underneath the bridge to catch bridge workers that sometimes get blown off or slip off the bridge when working on it.
From the Golden Bridge, you can see Alcatraz Island located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. You can take tour bout if you really want to visit famous military prison.
You can see more photos from my trip to San Francisco on Flickr.