Friday, December 9, 2011

Around the World: San Francisco

December 9, 1991

Map courtesy of MapQuest

Walked around San Francisco to the waterfront. Couldn't resist "Old Bushmill's Irish Coffee" at a cafe along the Fisherman's Wharf. Then to Chinatown for Dim Sum. Five hours of walking has taken it's toll on my very sore toes. In between, my tour included a walk up the crookedest street and down the steepest. The architecture of the homes with their big bay windows is stunning. It's a beautiful, warm, sunny day and everywhere I go, I can smell the ocean.

Photo by Nicholas Shanks, from Wikipedia Commons

Accidentally discovered San Francisco's less than lovely side while searching for a place to eat dinner. Made a wrong turn at the hostel's front door and within 3 blocks, I found myself in and amongst a wasteland haven for society's lost citizens. Hundreds of people conveniently tucked out of the way, all of them defeated by homelessness, drugs and bad circumstances. Only 2 blocks in the opposite direction from the same starting point is a fantastically inexpensive restaurant that serves pseudo-Japanese fare. Belly full with an adventure on the side, it's time to rest up for another day of exploring tomorrow.


"Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up."

~The Reverend Jesse Jackson