Yep. Back at it. Probably completely compromising the little integrity this “travel” blog has left by writing about my current home of San Francisco. Apologies. but… I think that there is enough in this city to qualify it as an adventure, and I like writing about adventures.. So here we are. I will probably give the site a facelift soon and make it less Denmark focused, and more “life” focused, but baby steps….
Last Season On Blog
Ok so quick review before we jump into things. In 2014 I had the chance to go live with an awesome family in Copenhagen for a Semester. I was determined to get as much as possible out of my time abroad, and to document as much as possible. And document I did.. I wrote over 50 blog posts on this thing, and had maybe the best time of my life. Read it to learn more! PSA: I write with a satirical/sarcastic voice, so try not to judge me if I sound like an arse. Sorry mom. Brag: The blog now has 15,000 lifetime views! Thanks guys!
Fast forward to last summer and my friends and I closed out college with a trip all over the world.
We went from San Francisco -> Barcelona (grandpas boat) -> Amsterdam (yikes) -> Copenhagen (yay!) -> Thailand(paradise) -> Laos ->Cambodia -> Thailand (full Moon Party!)-> Malaysia -> Australia (actually I was the only one who went to Australia. Was visiting my awesome girl friend/life coach/adventure buddy Chantal who was studying abroad in Melbourne)->SFO (shave beard and sleep)
I also wrote a bit about that trip on here, see the PG version below.
Nowadays I work at a pretty awesome tech company called Intuit in Mountain View (an amazingly boring place given that it is the heart of the tech world). Since you haven’t heard of Intuit, think TurboTax, Mint or QuickBooks. We make those things! I have the coolest job I could imagine, being a Product Manager. I’ll write about this later, but I get to work with developers and designers to create and test super cool new features/products for QuickBooks Payroll. Pretty amazing job that I am lucky to have .
So What Now!?
So now I live in San Francisco, and to be perfectly honest (warning: controversial opinion), I don’t absolutely love it yet. Thats not to say I hate it by any means, it is amazing in a lot of ways, but on balance it is not my favorite at this point. I am going to write a full post on this feeling at some point, but the sparknotes are important for understanding the direction I am playing with for this blog.
My issues with San Francisco can mostly be traced to the rapidly changing demographic makeup of the city (also the hills.. damn these hills). As you probably know, Tech and Finance have completely taken over this city. Individually, most of these companies are great, they make amazing things, and employ the most intimidatingly creative/brilliant people on earth. Collectively, they have created a monster. This monster has rapidly homogenized (and not in the cool Scandinavian sense), and gentrified SF. Fun fact: rents have risen 40% since 2010 and evictions are up 38%. Point is, the city has basically turned into a whole city of Kyles. Scary.. I know. Go out on a typical weekend night, and most bars will be packed full(line outside too) with some variation of male, econ major, 20-30, white, 6 ft 1, button down, etc etc. Aka, the mean tech/finance/consulting company employee (who are the only ones who can afford the stupidly high rents in this place). Now thats not to insult that person (I am basically that person!), but to explain the uniformity of the city. Now, I don’t need to explain why diversity is important, but the lack of uniqueness in SF can be suffocating coming from the wonderfully eccentric and diverse world of Liberal Arts College . Life in the City can feel bland, narrow, and slightly devoid of meaning.
Well that was dark^. I’m fine guys. I promise! Sorry for going all ‘Catcher in the Rye’ on ya. I will expand on that in a full post later, but the flip side of it is that the whole city hasn’t quite gone to the dark side. There are still amazing/thought-provoking/eclectic areas, establishments, and people all over this city. Upon realizing this, I have taken up a personal quest to find them and experience them. Hence.. This blog. Trying to shine light on some of the cool/weird/fun places, and document them for yall. San Francisco is full of awesome hidden gems, and I intend to find them all and give them to you. Also.. I just like writing and blogging works well with how my brain works.
Some recent favorite spots!
1. Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park: Super cool spot with all sorts of cool plants and ponds and bridges and Koi! Biked here this weekend han solo and loved it. It was built in 1894 as part of the Worlds Fair.. Thats.. Old.
2. Pläj: Scandinavian Restaurant. Very fancy themed spot with amazing food and all sorts of Scandinavian delicacies and decor. Obviously I was in love with this place. So much Danishness.
3. Smugglers Cove: Right next to Pläj. Pirate themed bar! Three stories. Awesome drinks. 200+ types of Rum. Drinks on Fire. Overall super weird place that breaks the typical SF bar mold in an outstanding way.
4. Ebisu: Could be the best sushi spot in a city full of sushi. Longtime favorite of the Evett family. You have to go all the way to the Sunset to get to it.. but sooo amazingly delicious. No reservations so prepare to way in line or do what we did and just be there obnoxiously early.
Thats all the places for now! I am getting sleepy and it is a school night.. But, let me know if you have any place I should check out, or anything that should be written about.
Goodnight and Go Warriors!