Monday, July 27, 2015

A day in San Francisco

- Watched a terrific production of Roald Dahl's Matilda at San Francisco's Orpheum theatre.
- This was in the UN Civic centre - magnificent buildings.
- Drove up and down the streets of the city. People had told me about it, but I really hadn't appreciated exactly how much the gradients were.
- Entrance to the famous crooked Lombard street was denied to us. So it was a case of so close, yet so far. We were at the top, but couldn't see it.
- Hiked the streets. (Note I said hiked, and not walked.)
- Drank hot chocolate at Ghirardelli
- Saw Fisherman's Wharf. Not much time, though
- Spotted the Golden Gate bridge from afar for the second time (first time was from the sky). The top was shrouded in mist.
- Saw two limousines. (heh)
- The ocean looks fabulous from there, especially from some of the high points in the city.
- Walked past an event where an organization was feeding the homeless and what I can only guess were war veterans?
- Saw a whole lot of homeless people on the streets. (apart from those at the event) They were near the streets where we'd booked parking. Though this road was so near the UN centre, these roads were totally different in character. I was jittery.
- Passed a frightening police drama. Two police cars had stopped a man on the other side of the road, and he was shouting and gesticulating wildly. IT looked like he was taunting the police. A bunch of people huddled together on our side of the road were shouting encouragement across the road. The car lights were flashing, and we had to walk past this scene. Fresh from scores of movies and thriller serials, I was nearly sure the police would take out their guns and start shooting. "Hurry, hurry" I kept telling S and Puttachi. S thought I was overreacting. I'm not so sure.
- We turned the corner, and bam - it was an entirely different place, in character.
- San Francisco is unlike any other city I have ever seen. It deserves a more leisurely visit. Several of them. This visit was just incidental - the main reason for this particular visit was to watch Matilda.


Anu said...

Hats off to you. I'm soooo glad you are not one of those HYPOCRITES - who pretend to be blase about everything with a contemptuous "been there done that" act. And their "India is so much better. We are only here because our company posted us here or some such crap."

Your honesty is like a breath of fresh air :-)

Pradeep Nair said...

I guess you travelled by the tram. Such an old world charm. While on those steep roads, I had a fear what if the brakes fail!

Shachi said...

I love the city - it has so much to offer.

Are you in the area for a while? I'm not too far from in the Sacramento suburbs. let me know if you need any help or want to visit :).

Shruthi said...

Anu, thank you, though I am not quite sure what you mean. Are you saying that I'm being honest that I'm enjoying myself here? And that I am honest about the things that excite me, even if it seems a little childish? :D

Pradeep Nair, no we didn't, though we saw a lot of them. And no I didn't worry about the brakes failing, but next time, I will, thanks to you :))

Shachi, thank you so much :) We'll be here for a while, yes. Don't know how long. Do email me on the address on the blog.

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