Once again, I’ve called upon my burner family, and they do not disappoint. I arrived at the airport and was immediately whisked off and shown a great time by my friend, Brian. He is an amazing host whose generosity knows no bounds. We’ve been having a great time!
He’s given me the driving tour of San Francisco. So far this has included: the original mission, the pacific ocean and its surfers, a Russian Orthodox church *beautiful!*, Dolores Park, Mark Zuckerburg’s house, and the houses from “Modern Family”. We’ve eaten at several delicious holes in the wall, went to a doggie fund raising concert with his two pups and visited a dispensary. This Friday we’re going to ride out to Carson City, NV and visit more of my camp family members.
I’m staying in my friend Meghan’s studio apartment. We met on the burner express bus headed to San Francisco after Burning Man last year – she was my seat mate. We became friends on Facebook and kept in touch. I was looking for a place in San Francisco during April and it just so happened that she would be traveling in Vietnam while I was hoping to be here, so it worked out perfectly.
Too bad we won’t be in Vietnam at the same time, but I’m putting her on reconnaissance duty for hotspots in Hanoi. Meghan also introduced me to some of her friends – I went to their delicious brunch on Saturday. As expected, everyone was very welcoming. The host was from Thailand so I got a bunch of travel tips too! #winwin
The first few days were spent getting settled. I added money to a transit card that Meghan loaned me, got groceries, and went for many walks around my neighborhood. San Francisco is sprinkled with farmers markets that I’ve happily pillaged and plundered. The food is so fresh, I love knowing where it came from, and it will last much longer in the fridge.
Much like Chicago, San Francisco is also very festival centric. This weekend, I went to the Cherry Blossom and Shiba Inu Festival. It was an amazing experience! There were lots of booths, lots of puppies and hello kitty everywhere – including the line-around-the-block ‘Hello Kitty Cafe’. I felt like I’d walked through a portal that transported me to Japan.
Fun Fact: the Shiba Inu is a breed of dog that originated from Japan and is still popular there today.
Noticing a pattern of dog-oriented events? I’m really missing Yahtzee so I’m going to events with pets, allowing me to subject my snuggles on other people’s animals! LOL
I’m struggling big time with wanting to try all the Asian food here and holding out because I’m about to have access to some authentic AF food which I’ll be eating every day. This isn’t making the struggle any less real!
I figured that if I could make some money, it would justify being able to get some sushi. So, I searched the ‘Gigs’ section of Craigslist and found a guy looking for some cleaning in his apartment – kitchen and bathroom. I told him I’d work for $15/hr cash monies. We met up and I knocked out the cleaning in an hour – it wasn’t bad at all. His name was Jose and he was about my age. He was so pleased with the cleaning that he gave me my hourly $15, plus a $25 tip!
This week, I’ll be zipping around the city. On my list is Chinatown, back to Japantown, some hiking, the house from Ms. Doubtfire (I LOVE YOU ROBIN!), and a trolley car ride. I’ll also spend one day just riding busses around and getting intentionally lost – that’s how I found my favorite sushi restaurant of all time – the ‘Floating Sushi Boat’. I’ve always wanted to go to a sushi place that serves the sushi conveyor belt style. This place one ups that by having a sushi boat river that sails in a circle around the island where the sushi chef is working.
I literally squealed like a child when I walked inside.
Can’t wait to get my fingers on some of those boats!
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COMPLETED: a Chicago vs. San Francisco “challenge” and I’m taking requests! Already in the ring we have: public transit, street art, and a few other surprises. If there’s something you’d like to know how Chicago and San Francisco measure up, leave a comment and let me know!