While living in Los Angeles, it was inevitable I was going to find my way to San Francisco eventually. Everyone thinks Hollywood is the showbiz capital of the world, but I knew better. The San Francisco area is home to many, many celebrities, including fellow Villa fan Tom Hanks, and my personal comedy hero Robin Williams.
It’s also home to legendary movie makers Francis Ford Copolla – of Godfather fame – and George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch is on the outskirts of the city! It’s also home to a thriving indie music scene too. If I had to pick anywhere to live in the USA, this would be the place.
But only if I was super rich. Because boy is it expensive to try and make a life here. Thanks, in huge part, to it being part of the wider Silicon Valley area and awash with dot.com millionaire money! Oh, I also forgot to mention, San Francisco is also home to Starfleet headquarters, and where Benjamin Sisko’s dad runs some kind of cajun/creole restaurant (I think). Look, don’t roast me in the comments for getting that wrong. I always thought the Sisko’s were the least interesting part of DS9 and my brain switched off whenever they were centre of attention. And I can’t be arsed to Google it just for the sake of this post.
Anyway, I decided to spend a long weekend here, flying up from LAX. Despite being in the same US state – California – it still takes 90 minutes by plane! Yes, the Golden State is enormous. Twice the size of Great Britain and going from LA to SF means you’ve only gone about halfway up the coast of California itself. If you drove that journey, you’d be lucky to do it in less than 7 hours. So 90 mins on a budget flight was preferable. Especially as they gave me an upgrade!! #Nice
By the way, did I mention San Francisco is expensive? Well it is. Super crazy expensive! And, as a solo traveller, it didn’t make sense to splash the cash on a central SF hotel. So instead I decided to stay in the nearby city of Oakland and take the BART train into the city every day instead. So I saved a lot of money slumming it a little. Not that I mind slumming it a little and, no matter where I go in the world, I always try and use public transport (cheap) and walk around (free!) when exploring unfamiliar cities. I even got myself a BART card, which is the San Fran equivalent of London’s Oyster.
Wandering around town…
Finding the Masjid
I have two traditions when I travel. Firstly, I always eat a desi meal, because I love the idea of travelling thousands of miles just to eat Indian food. Secondly, despite not being religious, I always visit a local mosque. Luckily, there’s one right in the heart of San Francisco. Weirdly, it was open yet completely deserted when I finally found it.
Golden Gate Bridge
So, yeah, obviously…
Sausalito is a city on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s located in Marin County, which I was told is officially the richest place in the USA!! As you can imagine it’s incredibly clean, quaint and has a hint of New England about it. I actually felt incredibly uncomfortable taking photos there… because I didn’t want to invade the privacy of the super rich. Errrr… yeah, I know. Stupid.