San Francisco, California

San Francisco, is the only city I can think of that can survive all the things you people are doing to it and it still looks beautiful. San Francisco is a city that’s an art within itself. From different structured buildings, hilly roads, and struggles of this loud city of liberal movements, the people of the bay are kind, artistic, and unified. Even though parts of the city is mistreated with trash, homelessness, and sometimes destruction, the city still stands beautifully because of the beloved community that nurtures it.

I’ve had interesting experiences from the many times I’ve been to San Francisco; most haven’t been good ones, but I really wanted to give it one more chance when I went to see the city last year. There are a lot of things to see in this city, you just have to look around. The landmarks of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, Japanese Tea Garden, Pier 39 and Lombard Street. There’s so much to see and great foods as well.

For the Golden Gate Bridge, I recommend driving across it and then immediately turning right at the end of the bridge to go to the visitor center to take a tourist picture of the bridge. It’s beautiful and worth seeing! Just the structure itself is beautiful and you can hear the waters clash with the bridge. The Japanese Tea garden is a small place, but it is so beautiful when the plants bloom during the season. Plus the park right next to it is great for walking around and exercising. If you enter Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, don’t hesitate to try the amazing seafood that they offer. Hog Island Oyster Co is delicious for their oysters! Stop by the smaller stands for delicious chowder in a bread bowl, can’t go wrong with any stand, they are all good. Aliotos #8 has great seafood if you like it Sicilian style. Stop by Ghirardelli square for dessert, I guarantee you will be satisfied! It’s a cool factory to look at filled with sweets! Lombard Street is known for its unique structure design homes and windy roads, very scenic for those that want a shot of what San Francisco streets look with their crazy hills.

If you head into Union Square, there’s a lot of shopping to do there along with art to take pictures. Chinatown is close by if you want really good Chinese food and any restaurant in there is good, it is highly known amongst Asian culture for good reason. Sometimes depending on the season you go, at the center of Union square, they often have live music and entertainment for the public to enjoy. The one thing I have to say is, when traveling to this part of town, be extra careful. There are often parking lots that don’t have cameras and vandalism can happen, they also pit pocket if you are not careful of your surroundings. This is honestly something you have to carry with you anywhere you go, but I noticed that this place happened the most. Just don’t leave important items in your car, it can get stolen so wear important things on you that’s protective. Other than that, the scenery and beauty of this city itself is a joy to experience.

Enjoy your time in San Francisco, and because this place is a very liberal place for important movements, I wanted to share something. The United States has been facing an important issue of racism and police brutality amongst the country. I wanted to let my Black community know that I stand with them. Many have died from injustices and it is our duty as citizens to stand up and demand justice to those who are innocent. May every one of you speak up in times of silence, may you speak for the basic human rights of all kind, and to educate those who do not understand in hopes that they will come to support in the future. We are in a time where violence is happening, let us hear the pain of those that are unheard and use our voices of privilege to make a change. I believe in speaking up because if that were to ever happen to me, I would want others to voice for me.

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