This was my second trip to San Francisco. As people say that the first one is always special. But for me, this trip was a lot more special. The difference was ‘familiarity”. I knew when I landed at the airport, the taxi driver didn’t overcharge me. I had planned to meet friends, end up calling few others in different states. At least I was in the same timezone as them. Stayed in the same hotel, so hotel staff, rooms, facilities were all familiar. Soon after I landed on Sunday morning, I ended up going to Union Square. I had been there few times but of course, this time I knew which shop to enter and what to buy.
Last time, before leaving, I had eaten at Chipotle and loved it. So, this time, I started off my first meal in the city with Chipotle (Mexican Cuisine). And ended up going there few times.
I haven’t figured out the public transport yet. Navigating through Uber was easy and cheap. I didn’t even feel the need to get on to the public transport. But for my next trip, I will try to figure that out.
This trip was dedicated to food gestation. Tried different cuisine and overall, I liked American food. It is very tasty but fatty. Lots of cheese is being used in almost every dish. The portion of the meal is huge. I couldn’t finish any of the meals and always ended up packing back
The culture is similar to any other developed nation. It is very individualistic but still unlike other places, it feels like people care. The fantastic part was that I could see colors. There were whites, blacks, browns and all kinds walking with same pride. I believe that is what makes America great!
During the trip, there were two times, I nearly lost things – my wallet and phone. I was lucky to find those but then one should be careful while navigating the city. After living in Singapore for almost 10 years, we are so used to the security that we take it for granted. Singapore is a VERY safe country, pal! You don’t have to worry about your family when you are leaving for business trips. This place is heaven for parents with small kids.
One of the saddening things about the city was that it has a lot of homeless and crazy people. I checked with locals on why they have so many people roaming? And they said that the cost of living is very high. People can’t afford the house and don’t want to leave the city. The government took some measures to help but then it didn’t work out. I was scared few times while crossing them but then most of the times they are harmless. Only during evenings, post 9 pm, one should be worried about roaming around in the city alone.
There are tonnes of job opportunities in the market but at the same time, competition for locals is tough as best of the brains land up in SF. One of my colleagues mentioned that how she faces stiff competition because of that. But overall, perks offered by companies are fantastic. They are lured with free lunches at work, snacks, drinks, flexible work hours and what not.
So far, I met with good and nice people. But I heard some horror stories too. The experience is individual. The country is big and it has all kinds of people living there. There is a famous saying, “You can’t control the experiences you have, but you can always choose the response to that experience”. I think the city live by that rule. People, in general, are kind and helpful.
I have been to touristy places like Pier 39, Lombard Street, Union Square, Westfield Mall and North Beach. But yes, I finally fell in love with the city.
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