January of last year I visited San Francisco. I was there a good 8 hours before I came down hard with something. It must have been the flu because I was bedridden for the next two nights.
Last week, I got to revisit the city, and I didn't get sick this time! I stayed with my friend the first night at Stanford University. I immediately knew it would be a good trip because of the victory that took place that day. My friend and I went to a dive bar, overflowing with peanut shells and Golden State Warriors fans. They were playing the Rockets that night, and my friend and I were in the minority in that bar, both ethnically and basketbally. The Rockets managed to get a very ugly W. The two of us cheered while everybody else was disappointed. It was great.
The next day, we visited our friend at his place of work: Facebook. That office is pretty much a theme park. It was amazing. After that, we went into the city. We experienced a minor delay because somebody was hit by the train we were supposed to take, just a little ways down the tracks from our stop. All the reports say that she was taken to the hospital for her injuries, so it looks like she survived!
Once in the city, we hit up another cool tech company that our friend worked at and took this gem on the roof of his office building:
That night, we went out to the mission district, hit up some bars. The rest of the trip was spent getting wandering around the city, eating, stuff like that. We had to use Uber pool for transportation, so every ride we took had strangers join us. It was actually a really good experience getting to talk to the other passengers and the drivers. One couple that rode with us was about to go on a 3 month road trip. When we told them we were from Austin, they asked what to do and where to eat. We gave them a good list that they wrote down. I did find, however, that in San Francisco I never got a strong suggestion of where to eat from any of the locals. The couple seemed to have trouble giving us a list comparable to the one we gave them. I guess food in Texas is just better.
Most trips I take are usually outside because I'm not very good at figuring out things to do in places that don't have more dirt than concrete, but I was very pleased with this one. I definitely want to make a return trip in the near future and stay longer.
Oh, and of course I walked on the Golden Gate Bridge. And took a picture of it because you just have to.