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Sleeping in a strange bed

I'm a long way from home this week--in San Francisco, to be precise. We got here Sunday and we're heading back home Friday. I'll admit it, I'm a homebody and I miss my house and my cats. It's an encouraging thing to have the Internet. I feel like I'm at least marginally connected to my "real" life.

Everything seems to be closed on Thanksgiving except the zoo, so I guess that's what we'll do Thursday. We bought a pass that lets us go to many of the museums, plus functions as a bus pass, too. We got a BIG dose of the city riding the bus in Chinatown, lemme tell ya. Also, we're staying in the Tenderloin District, which now as I look at an online guide claims to be one of the worst neighborhoods in the city. Well, we did think it seemed seedy and noticed a lot of people who smelled like pee talking to themselves. But it was no worse than Chicago. (My SO lived in a neighborhood that seemed on par with this one.) We went to the big pier/tourist neighborhood yesterday and both thought we were happier to be staying somewhere authentic rather than a creepy tourist trap.

I never thought I'd say hooray for Starbucks, but hooray for Starbucks. I've been crabby living off starch and grease, and they had a breakfast plate with fruit, cheese and a hard-boiled egg. I feel almost human again. (We have a Starbucks gift card I got for free from my Discover rewards, so it's almost like Starbucks is free, too. Though I do feel bad that it's not an authentic SF experience.) The authentic SF breakfast experience yesterday had ants crawling on the tabletop, though.


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Nov. 25th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
I've been to SF twice, and something creepy happened to me both times, lol.
Nov. 27th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
I'll ask you what after I get home! Today was somewhat miserable (raining, slippery shoes, and seemingly waiting for various buses for hours) but it was punctuated by some interesting things.
Nov. 25th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
I went to Chinatown in SF, and there was this lady selling hair bands made out of used(?) condoms. Hella gross...
Nov. 27th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
We were so burned out by the time we got to Chinatown, I probably wouldn't have even noticed. But, eew.
Nov. 25th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
I hate tourists traps as well. The first time I went to the US I visited a friend of mine who lives in Oklahoma and we just drove around in a big red pick-up truck for about two weeks (which of course is nothing special to you I suppose, but to me who had never travelled farther than from The Netherlands to the UK, it was a real adventure). It was just great. I got to see things no one else in my country ever got to see and I'm still using the experience when I'm teaching. However, missed my cat too ....
Nov. 27th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
I like driving around, too. We can usually tell you what's fun within 1-2 hours from our house in any direction. But farther than that, we start getting crabby and missing our house.
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