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San Fransisco: The hunt for Max Zorin

By: Marcus Nohlberg
San Fransisco A View to a Kill
San Fransisco is the place to be! Never before have I visited a major city where I’ve felt so at home.

San Fransisco is far smaller than one would expect, actually only measuring 7x7 miles (49) making it quite possible to walk everywhere, or simply use the well working public transportation system. Founded in the days of the gold rush (1849) the city has grown to be perhaps the cultural centre of the US, or at least the liberal centre.

It is, however, a massively expensive place to live in. Centrally located small apartments can easily cost 2000 USD a month (and upwards!). Food and shopping is not nearly as expensive though, and it is rumoured that SF has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the world. And, of course, SF 49ers, the football team.

Perhaps the three most famous places in San Francisco are the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Fisherman’s Wharf.

San Fransisco A View to a Kill
San Fransisco A View to a Kill
Golden Gate is one of those places you easily get disappointed when you actually get to see it. I understand that it held it splendour in the old days, but it really isn’t that long a bridge. Oakland Bridge, on the other side of SF, is a lot longer. Sure, Golden Gate is a hanging bridge, making it kind of special, but it isn’t the wonder one would think.

Alcatraz is a special place to visit. A horrible place, actually. It is really small, and it is easy to imagine the horror of living there, surrounded by the worst inmates in the prison system. And all the time being able to see the lure ordinary life within San Francisco.

San Fransisco A View to a Kill
Fisherman’s Wharf is a traditional tourist attraction, with ample shops selling knickknacks at high prices. The most worthwhile attractions are the sea lions, the ferry to Alcatraz, and of course, the Ben & Jerry stand. It is also possible to try running on a Segway. An awesome experience!

While in San Francisco, the places I enjoyed the most were actually Height and Ashbury, home of the hippie movement (and, also equipped with an awesome Ben & Jerry’s), the museum of modern art, and, well, the entire city core. I really liked San Francisco.

Written by Marcus Nohlberg. Copyright © 2005 From Sweden with Love.



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