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Favorite thing: Take the time to experience the city's amazingly unique and interesting neighbourhoods. From the colourful Latino flavour of the Mission District (pictured) to the Gay Rights roots of the Castro and the leftist counterculture of the Haight, each of San Francisco's districts exhibits a different and captivating energy. It is necessary, however, to not treat the neighbourhoods of the city like sections of a theme park. The Haight is not 'Hippieworld' and North Beach is not 'Italian Land'. These neighbourhoods have residents and subcharacters distinct from the underlying 'theme' often applied to them by tourists. Treating the city's residential areas as 'cultural concepts' to be 'experienced' will retrieve ill-thought about one's touristic intentions from locals at best and verbal assault at worst. While it is necessary to experience the 'real' San Francisco by venturing beyond the tourist dives, these portions of the city are neither acclimatised to visitors nor desirous of putting on a show for those attempting to 'experience' them. These are people's lives one is encountering, and it is best to treat them with anthropological observance rather than camera-clicking and pointing feverishly.
Favorite thing: visit different neighborhoods!! It's nice to visit Fisherman's Wharf and Lombard Street because they are highlights for tourists but to taste San Francisco at its entirety, head over to each neighborhood: SOMA, Mission, Castro, Marina, etc. (See below for descriptions) They truly are distinctive from one to another.
ENJOY SAN FRANCISCO!
Click here for a comic look at San Francisco's neighborhoods. It's so funny...and true!
Fondest memory: San Francisco used to be my hometown (still my home in my heart.) I loved living there. I definitely miss the roaming hills, the Victorian houses, the cable cars, the multicultural residents, the laid-back attitude... the list is long.
Visit all the neighborhoods...
Favorite thing: Visit all the neighborhoods you can. Don't just go to Fishermans Wharf or Union Square. Though I must admit this is often where I go.
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