Trip to San Francisco
This post is a couple of weeks overdue, but better late than never.
So last February I went to SMX in Santa Clara. It ended on Thursday, but I decided to fly back on Sunday instead.
San Francisco is amazing. I loved the area, and also the culture. In my experiences on the east coast, as a whole, different cities have lots of "friendly" people, or "intelligent people". DC is probably fairly close when it comes to a combination of both. But wow, Northern California is full of people who are truly both.
I loved the China Town in San Francisco. It's the biggest one I know in US. But then again, the only other ones I've been to are the ones in DC and Manhattan. I think I bought about $100 worth of souvenirs in their different gift shops over 2 hours, from stuff like shot glasses to random wall-scrolls. I only walked 1/5 of the China Town itself. The reason I stopped (other than time) was I knew I couldn't fit more souvenirs in my luggage to fly back.
I mostly ate at the suburbs of San Fran. The most unique place I ate at was a little Taiwanese desert place. They had all kinds of random small deserts that are unusually simple to make, but people just don't. I ordered a desert that's mostly shaved ice with light syrup over it, almost like a snow cone but with thinner syrup, and it had fresh strawberries and mangoes as toppings. It was awesome.
Maybe it was the tourist mentality, but I just fell in love with Northern California, and I'm definitely thinking of moving there in a few years.