My last post about my West Coast road trip is a very special one for me, because it´s showing my by far favourite city in the US: SAN FRANCISCO!
It was actually my first time in SF and I was pretty excited, because the city is known for small streets, cute little restaurants, Thrift Shops and so much more things I just love. And although I went in with as much expectations as a person can possibly have, I was still surpized about HOW beautiful it actually was. Pictures can´t really live up the feeling you get walking through the streets and one is prettier than the other!
Of course there is a reverse side as well, although I have to say that it applies to every big city in the US: poverty. I love so many things about the american culture, the food, the friendly people the easy going life style, but walking along the streets of a large city it´s so easy to tell that the country has many many problems they need to tackle and I truly hope soon. I have never ever seen this amount of people living in the streets. Of course I have been in very poor countries, but somehow I still think that it feels very different being in an industrialized country and seeing all these hundreds over hundreds living on the streets, in the underground railways in no sunshine for weeks. I was in so much pain, because you´re not able to give something to everyone, there are simply way way to many. With some of them you can´t even talk anymore, because they´re so desocialized. Something needs to happen soon, but looking at who is in charge right now it seems like that these urgent problems won´t be solved soon, even more excruciating.
I believe looking at a city you have to look at all sides, not just the glimmer ones. I was never scared in San Francisco, not even alone with hundreds of homeless people in the middle of the night. They ask you to buy pens from them or invite you to a meal, but not once I felt attacked, there was only feeling bad and sorry. But of course all of that is something you won´t see in pictures or in tourists guides.
There is one small thing that really got me in SF (and that´s for once not a deep one) it´s just freeking cold there! 😀 Believe me, you drive half an hour and the clouds are gone, but in SF it´s windy and cloudy and forgy, bring your sweathers and long pants! (I definitly brought the wrong clothes)
And now after all this negativity here is a huge list with just some of the pretty places the city has to offer. I hope you enjoy!
„Bernal Heights Park“ is a small hidden park, only known by habitants. The swing was my highlight of the day!
„Painted Ladies“ in Almo Square Park.
„Bradford street“, known as the deepest street in SF.
„Haight Street“ an arty district that starts to become pretty touristy. Cute little stores and much of graffitti.
„Golden Gate Bridge“ sadly in fork, I was not able to see anything 😦
Beautiful, but I think way to full and touristy „Pier 39“. Really spectacular are the Sea Lions!
And all the beauiful shopping streets around Dewey Monument.