Beautiful San Francisco!

Trip Start Oct 18, 2007
Trip End Aug 2008

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

I've reached the second destination of my trip around the world: San Francisco.  I'm so thankful to have met Homer, Maynard and Alison, among my many other relatives during our family reunion earlier this year.  Their maternal grandmother and my maternal GREAT-grandmother were sisters, which technically makes them my great-uncles (shan, trina, I think we had a conversation on this one before!!!).  But I just call them my cousins, to make things easier..

Homer and Maynard & Alison have been so generous and welcomed me into their homes.  I'm in complete awe of their limitless generosity and warm-hearted hospitality.  Thanks for letting me use your space as my base camp to plan out the next segments of my trip.

It's always great to see major landmarks of a city and to learn of its history.  But what I've sought out in this city wasn't just its landmarks, but reconnecting with old friends and hearing THEIR stories...  I haven't seen Shruti since elementary school!  I don't think we would have been able to appreciate each other earlier, but am so very glad that our paths have crossed at this point in our lives.

I also had dinner with Louis, my buddy from highschool and his wifey, Meg.  No matter how much time has passed, we can pick up where we left off! .  Also had a chance to see my mom's Auntie Billy and Auntie Judy.

I'm in the honeymoon phase of travelling by myself; I'm hugging myself in sheer joy!  It's so liberating!  No compromising, exploring at my own pace, and getting lost without annoying anyone.  Loving it.  After visiting the Coit Tower, I wanted to find my way to Lombard St (aka the winding road), but somehow found my way to another street that lead in another direction, and I stumbled upon the Filbert Steps and the single story cottages that cling to this steep incline.  I bet the mail delivery people for this neighbourhood have AMAZING legs...

Next stop... LA!

Addendum (written 12 Nov 2007):

Obviously, I'll never get to see EVERYTHING at each destination during this year's adventures before I have to pack up and leave for the next place.  But Sinatra wasn't completely off... I didn't necessarily leave my heart in San Francisco, but this city is definitely compelling.  I need to come back here and stay a bit longer so I can further explore the Mission south of downtown SF, and to bike all the way from Fisherman's Wharf, across the Golden Gate Bridge and end up in Sausalito to then take a ferry back to the Wharf (I only made it as far as Crissy Fields, about 10-15 minutes before hitting the base of the Bridge at Fort Point).  I also want to stick around long enough to check out more local artwork... thanks to Johnny for introducing me to the masterpiece known as Zachary's amazing stuffed spinach and mushroom pizza, Relish at Home - and the funkiest leather cardholder from (she designs beautiful paper goods, too!).

Oh and thanks to MSanFelipe for introducing me to, the fusion of Latin sounds of the Buena Vista Social Club and Western musicians, such as ColdPlay,  Jack Johnson, Maroon 5, Sting, U2 among many others!  (Sorry dood, it's out there!  Gotta share the wealth!)

but before I return to SF, I have to spend some time in Buenos Aires to learn Spanish and absorb more tango...
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