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San Francisco - uphill - Krista photo

“One of the most densely populated American cities. A lot of people told me that San Francisco blends American and European cultures in a strange mixture, and after two weeks here, I can see what they mean.
The city is almost unbelievably diverse. There are many Asians, with Chinese, Korean, Japanese, or Singaporean backgrounds. I spoke to Nepalis, New Zealanders, Australians… There are also lots of Europeans, South Americans, Mexicans, Filipinos, and Thais. The point is, the sheer range of people is pretty inspiring.
On the street, you see a lot of colorful personalities every day. My favorite is the guy who rides around in an electric wheelchair, blasting loud music from a boombox. Sometimes it’s Backstreet Boys, or Pitbull, or even a little Spice Girls, just to put a smile on people’s faces. Works every time.” (2018)

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“I’ve heard from many that in San Francisco, American style mixes with a European influence to form a special mix. After two weeks, I can tell you there is something in this. This place is so diverse that it is almost unbelievable. There are a lot of Asian people, including Chinese, Koreans, Japanese, and Singaporeans. I talked to Nepalis, New Zealanders, and Australians. There are also plenty of European, South American, Mexican, Philippine, and Thai people. So my point is, the mix of people is quite inspiring.

On the street you can see lots of colorful personalities every day, my favorite is the man in the electric wheelchair who rides through the city with a speaker, of course with roaring music, sometimes Backstreet Boys, Pitbull, or just a little Spice Girls. The point is to put a smile on your face, and it works every time.

You can finally have a good coffee here! Anyone who has followed the posts so far may know that crappy American coffee breaks my heart :). At last, I can report that the search is over – there are cafes here that are just mwah!

The downside for California is that the taxes are very high, almost 10%, so life is not cheap, but you get what you pay for!”


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“I think I can say without exaggeration that almost everything is allowed here. I mean, obviously, there are laws like everywhere else, but somehow people here don’t seem to mind about abiding by them or making sure others abide by them. Maybe it’s just that nobody cares. With this, San Francisco can be said to be true to itself, as the city was once a stronghold of hippie culture.

Other characteristics include clouds that almost touch the top of your head and fog that can suddenly swirl in from one hour to the next. It is a common image that the city swims in sparkling sunshine, but at the same time, the roofs of the skyscrapers and the surrounding hills and districts are not visible from the greyish-white mass. This phenomenon is due to the ocean, as is the fact that there is rarely a real heatwave in Frisco. The sun shines a lot, but the wind also blows, so it doesn’t feel too hot, which means it doesn’t hurt to keep some sunscreen handy if you don’t want to end up as a barbecued chicken.

San Francisco is built on a range of larger and smaller hills, and the streets run straight up and down them, giving the city a very special look. In one direction, the road disappears up into the clouds, while in the other it runs down into a large valley, and then climbs up the steep far side. Just like a roller coaster. We used every possible option to get around: on foot, by public transport, by bicycle, and by car.” (2017)

 

Practicals

san francisco - tram - z.m. photo

San Francisco - driving on the Golden Gate Bridge - Elter photo

San Francisco - on segway down Lombard street - Krista photo

San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge - Elter photo

Transport

Walk

San Francisco is walkable. There are no terrible traffic jams when you're on foot. The exercise, especially going up and down hills, means you can shed a good bit of weight. 

Car

Road closures, detours, expensive parking, impossible-to-find parking, parking tickets,

Bus

Transportation is expensive, except for the bus, where you’ll want to take a shower or two right after.

Taxi

Uber&Lyft

The Uber and Lyft drivers are crazy and block the streets,

Food

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San Francisco - huge selection - Krista photo

San Francisco The Stinking Rose - ever dish (desserts including) has garlic - Krista photo

Fun


Over the last decade, the nightlife has been pretty much wiped out. Most clubs are out of business. More and more people prefer Netflix, ordering food in, social media, and swiping on dating apps over going out. More and more people prefer to go to bed by 10 pm to get up early and work out. This obsession with working out and fitness also affected nightlife.
Every since women had less to no incentive to go out since they can get all the attention they need on Instagram and Tinder, they pretty much stopped going out. And if the women are not out passing 9 pm, men have little reason to be out as well.(2020)

San Francisco - The Golden Gate Bridge definitely inspires a handstand - Krista photo

Others

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San Francisco - at Alamo Square - s.g. photo

San Francisco - Lone Sailor Memorial - next to the sailor is his duffel bag alongside a stanchion - Karoly Elter's photo

Background

San Francisco - Transamerica Pyramid - Krista photo

Destination in brief

San Francisco is in Northern California.

Locals don't call it Frisco or San Fran anymore. They say either either 'The City,' 'San Francisco' or, most commonly, 'SF.'

Population (in 2020): 883,000

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 7700 USD !!! ( USA average is: 3600 USD)

The average monthly rent for a one bedroom apartment outside of the center is 2800 USD, the same in the city center, 3500 USD

The City has a nearly 10,000 homeless population, mostly hanging around on the central streets.

The temperature can change if you go from one neighborhood to another. As a general rule, it’s always spring or fall. Your appropriate traveler outfit should contain 2–4 layers that can be easily removed and put back on.

85% of the cars you see are Ubers or Lyfts. Most people who live and work in SF don’t have cars.

Climate


San Francisco is always irritatingly chilly.  The weather is utterly depressing during the summer. Sure, San Franciscan winters are balmy compared to winters in many other places, not dropping below 4C (40F) degrees and hover around 10C (50F) most of the time. Still, summer temperatures also hover around 10C (50F) degrees.  That's the upsetting part. And the wind never stops. So you'll rarely get to wear a T-shirt outside, even in July.

History

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San Francisco - Alcatraz, former prison island - Al Capone may have passed the solid waste from his body into a similar toilet, if not exactly into this - K Elter photo

Nowadays

This is definitely a city of have and have nots. You have a group that is very affluent who own multi-million places and shop and dine out. Then, you have the regular side that struggles to afford their rent and can’t even afford a car. Don’t be fooled by all the people loitering, SF is one of the richest places in the country. It’s just that is skewed in it’s wealth distribution.

San Francisco - Krista photo

San Francisco - Transamerica Pyramid - Elter photo

Attractions

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San Francisco - Lombard street - z.m. photo

San Francisco - Alcatraz - z.m. photo

Golden Gate

San Francisco - Golden Gate Bridge - Elter photo

San Francisco - Golden Gate Bridge - Elter photo

San Francisco - Golden Gate Bridge - Elter photo

San Francisco - Chinatown - z.k. photo

Chinatown

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