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My “Goodbye America” visit to San Francisco, California US

My “Goodbye America” visit to San Francisco, California US

Teaching English, Travel

When you leave for an epic adventure how do you say goodbye properly? That is the question every traveler must answer for themselves. For me it is a trip to San Francisco! For Culture!
Dance! And Food!
San Francisco is an icon of American immigrant culture, it is a city built on dreams of greatness and brimming with cultural diversity.  It is also a major entry point of immigration and shipping port on the Pacific seaboard.  According to Wikipedia, San Francisco was originally built and founded in June of 1776 when colonists from Spain built a fort and a mission at the Golden Gate.  The city did not gain major growth and prominence until 1849 during the California Gold Rush which brought thousands to California to chase dreams of wealth.  Even the earthquake in 1906 which destroyed two thirds of the city was unable to prevent the growth and potential of this growing metropolis.  Today you can go and visit hundreds of famous landmarks which are world renowned such as the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Alcatraz Island and Chinatown.
During my visit I danced the night away in San Mateo at Bachata Sentimiento.  There I met some of the teachers that help to influence the life and culture of the dance scene in the Bay Area.  We danced the cumbia, salsa, merengue and bachata with Asians, Latinos, Africans and Europeons.  Saturday we wandered through chinatown during the Chinese New Year celebrations and browsed the shops at Union Square.  I stood on top of the Macy’s building and watched the life and energy passing by below and then ate at the Cheesecake Factory.  We spent the late afternoon wandering through Little Italy where later for dinner my friend took me out to eat authentic Italian food.  We ate a small but very old and very traditional Italian restaurant where the Maitre’d served us wine and bruschetta.  I enjoyed a main course of chicken breast on a bed of pasta and recounted the experiences and adventures of the day.  For dessert we had Tiramisu and coffee before starting the 3 hour drive back to Reno.
Whenever I am in this amazing city there is always a unique energy in the air that invigorates my sense of adventure, or maybe it’s just all the extra oxygen I am breathing down at sea level.  Even eating cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory was a special experience because it was experienced in this beautiful and interesting city.  Traveling to San Francisco the weekend prior to my departures abroad has become a tradition for me, one that I hope will endure to posterity and beyond!

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1 Comment

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