San Francisco, the Best Place in California

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I traveled around California with a friend for about a month, and our favourite place was obviously SanFran. Why? First of all the city is amazing, second the people are really nice (and good looking), and third it reminded me of Lisbon a lot.

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Teresa and I were supposed to stay there for 3 or 4 days but ended up staying 10. We found out about this cool hostel right in the center with a great discount if we stayed for more nights. It was called International Hostel. The place was nice and cheap and they had parties every Wednesday with open bar, for free. One night they needed someone to work at the bar and they asked for our help, it was a lot of fun and we made 80 dollars in tips, unbelievable!

First of all, the best thing in SF were the hills, the streets are so steep that you can actually see the whole city if you’re at the top, it’s awesome. Plus, going up and down in the trams it’s also fun.

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I remember walking around Pier 39, there were big smelly seals lying right below the restaurants. It was also where I first tried the typical Clam Soup in Sourdough bread, delicious by the way! The place seemed like one of those typical little town fairs with weird circus music and food all around, but it was funny.

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Haight street

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Also, there was this hip street where you’d only see young people and cool vintage second-hand shops. It was called Haight Street and it looked exactly like Camden Town – shops with big signs outside, everything vintage, everyone with crazy styles and hairs of all colours. The street ended in a big park, the Golden Gate, where on Sundays you’d see homeless people, musicians and street artists altogether in the park making music with whatever they had in their hands, some had real guitars, others had pans and other paraphernalia. I don’t know how they did it, but the music sounded good and a lot of people joined!

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Golden Gate ParkGolden Gate Park

The Castro neighborhood is a cool place. First, I think everyone is even nicer than in the rest of the city, then the cafes are very nice and the restaurants as well. It’s kind of a crazy place, but has a great atmosphere, everyone seems happy. We saw two men completely naked having a coffee at a cafe on the street, they were talking with each other as if walking around without clothes was the most normal thing in the world. Funny!

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Castro

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Men in Castro

Then there’s Alcatraz, the famous prison in a small island right in front of the city. The view there is amazing, and the place itself is worth seeing. It’s kind of creepy but at the same time you stuck inside, there’s something mysterious about it!

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Alcatraz

In one of the days we went to the top of a big hill a little far from the city center, where we could see the whole city from a distance. The view was amazing. Honestly, I don’t remember the name of the place, but I know we were in a bus for a long time and then we had to walk all the way up. It was worth it though!

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City View

Last thing about San Francisco that is worth mentioning is the sunsets right behind the famous bridge. I swear, when you see one of those sunsets, the name Golden Gate bridge will make all the sense in the world. The sky gets so orange that the bridge almost seems like it’s burning. It’s really amazing.

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Golden Gate bridge

Besides SF, I guess our second favourite place probably Yosemite, but that’s for another post 🙂