Monday, February 29, 2016

San Francisco

Where do I start? This city is everything you have heard of, and more. I have been there four times, and have always left craving for one more day. Or maybe a week. Or a month. I can't put my finger on what is it that I like the most. And  I am sure I haven't even scratched the surface of it. Putting down some must-visits, which also have been some of my fondest memories of the city.
  • Haight Ashbury Intersection - Probably the most famous intersection in the world during the hippie era. You will still see remnants of it all over the street. Strong smell of weed, incense, quirky vintage clothing and a few Indian/Nepali shops thrown in for good measure. Almost feels like stepping into a different era. The houses are very retro and in sync with the theme of the place. Go during the day though. It is eye catching and colorful. Also, the eclectic crowd could seem a tad unfit for viewing in the dark. Parking is a bitch, but then that is true for pretty much all of San Francisco. 
Haight Ashbury Intersection

Roadtrips in US - Sequoia/Springville

I like how well placed LA is. National forests, vineyards, beaches - all within a 2-3 hour drive (or lesser). Makes summer weekends very pleasant. And spontaneity, fairly easy. S and I had not done a trip in a while. So, Sequoia happened in August last year. It is the forest with the very large trees. We have become extremely used to going to destinations with absolutely no plans. With the advent of airbnb, hostelworld and couchsurfing, the need to plan ahead of time has almost gone away. As usual, all camp sites were booked out in the forest. So we settled for Springville, about 35 miles from Sequoia. Chanced upon Michal's beautiful place through airbnb.

That house was beautiful! We had the room on the upper floor. The bed was tucked in a corner, with big windows on both sides and an incredible view. There was a large book shelf on the side with an eclectic set of books. Oh and not to forget, a beautiful wooden deck above the swimming pool, where you could sleep under the stars.
Stagg Tree