San Francisco

You need to have good breaks and good calves if you want to get around in San Francisco, damn! The only thing you do is go up and down and up and down. I had left Yosemite early, so before going to my hostel in Oakland I was going to get my first glimps of San Fran.

Apparently, San Francisco is known as The Misty City, which I didn’t know, which means that it can be chilly even in summer. I was a bit optimistic in my shorts and tanktop. Oh well, first to get a donut or something and after that to Lombard Street, the most crooked street in the world. The start of the street was on top of a hill, so I could also look out over the city really nice. If you could get past the tourists of course.

I feel like I walked through half of San Francisco in the following two days. Every morning I would take the BART (a subway sort of thing) to the city and from there I would just walk the whole day. I’ve walke through Japan Town, past the painterd ladies, through the oldest Chinatown in the world, over Pier 39, along the beach, Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury… Everything was in its own way unique and fantastic.

Pier 39 was celebrating its 39th birthday this year and the night I was there, there was rollerdisco going on. Who in the world can dance on skates!? I can’t even keep standing straight on skates. Some people are just born on wheels I guess. I saw those same people two days later in Golden Gate Park. Skating really is a thing here, which is crazy if you ask me, with all those hills going on everywhere. The community looks really chill. There was music and people of all ages in the park. It almost inspired me to take up skating again.

Haight-Ashbury, where I walked before getting to the park, looks like hippie central. There are a lot of psychedelically painted stores and music, weed and vintage shops everywhere.

All over San Francisco the houses are painted in lovely colors by the way. The Painted Ladies were only three of the many that I photographed. If I could put a house like this in the Netherlands I would do it for sure.

San Francisco is amazing all around. Defenitely a place where I want to go again.

Tomorrow I’m leaving in the direction of Seattle via Highway 1! I didn’t plan anything more than that.

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