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A wonderful vacation
I realized I hadn't posted anything about the fabulous time I had last week in San Francisco with jai_dit. We had a lot of fun going places all over town, climbing hills just to see the view (there are lots of lovely vistas in SF), eating new food, seeing friends, and generally having fun.

Some of the things we did:

  • I had my first شاورما‎ (shawarma). It was lamb, spicy, and it was very good.
  • I had tapas for the first time as well. (It was remarked during dinner that "tapas bar" is often misheard as "topless bar", which can cause a whole host of misunderstandings.)
  • We spent time in The Castro, The Haight, Chinatown, Japantown (ramune is tasty), and The Mission. We went through a bunch of other neighborhoods on the way elsewhere but didn't spend too much time in them.
  • I saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time. It looks a lot like the Atlantic. However, long walks on the beach are quite romantic, even if your knee hurts.
  • San Francisco has a lot of parks, and I was somewhat surprised by the number of people we saw in them. I suppose that's because people don't go to the park a lot here in Kansas City, because there's no shortage of open green space everywhere else. We visited Mission Dolores Park, Buena Vista Park, and Golden Gate Park.
  • Speaking of Mission Dolores, it's a beautiful church, both the original mission chapel and the newer basilica, with lots of beautiful statues and stained glass. There actually seem to be a lot of pretty churches all over the place in SF.
  • We also visited some of the specifically-touristy stuff: Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39, Coit Tower, and the cable cars (riding from Lombard St. down to Market St. hanging from the outside of the Powell-Hyde car was a lot of fun).

I also met friends, LJ staff, and friends-of-friends (some fall in multiple categories, of course) for the first time, including azurelunatic, coffeechica, snarkbite, ferrell, arie, marta, tupshin, dwell, henrylyne, iseebi, jproulx, mcpatti, chasethestars, and gorman. If I missed anyone, consider yourself included. :D

I may expand this later, but I wanted to get a start put down before I forgot to write anything at all. >.>

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azurelunatic From: azurelunatic Date: March 16th, 2009 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Other friends-of-friends, not that they'll necessarily wind up here: sithjawa and willskyfall.
teshiron From: teshiron Date: March 16th, 2009 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)
ah yes! thank you for reminding me. :D
hammond From: hammond Date: March 16th, 2009 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used to be obsessed with ramune and had a largish collection of glass balls I'd collected from bottles. I've also recently discovered a shop near my new work that sells it in the other flavours too! (although I've only tried the Blue Hawaii so far).
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